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How Dangerous Are Aedes Tiger Mosquitoes In Atlanta?

In the United States, we have two mosquito species that are noteworthy vectors for some of the worst mosquito-borne viruses in the world. These two species are: Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Aedes aegypti is commonly referred to as the yellow fever mosquito because of its link to this potentially deadly disease. To give you some idea of how dangerous this disease is: In the Spanish-American War, U.S. troops suffered more casualties from yellow fever than they did at the hands of the Spanish army.

The Aedes albopictus, which is referred to as the Asian tiger mosquito, can also carry and transmit yellow fever. Along with yellow fever, Aedes mosquitoes are known vectors for Chikungunya, Dengue, Usutu virus, and are strongly implicated in the transmission of Zika virus. Are they dangerous? Yes. They can be. Fortunately, most of the Aedes mosquitoes that bite you in your Atlanta yard are not carrying a virus. How dangerous a tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) can be to human health is directly related to its exposure to the viruses listed above.

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Why Choose Tuxedo Mosquito Control?

Personal Mosquito Protection

You can prevent sickness by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Repellent is currently the best way to ward off mosquito bites. Synthetic products last the longest and are less likely to fail. We recommend products that contain DEET.
  • If you don't prefer to put synthetic repellent on your skin, consider putting it on your clothing, or use a product that is naturally derived. Mosquito repellents with oil of lemon eucalyptus work the longest. If you don't mind applying a product to your body every 20 minutes, there are several nice-smelling sprays that can be created with essential oils, such as lavender and peppermint.
  • Wear loose clothing and cover as much skin as possible. This makes it difficult for mosquitoes to bite you.
  • Wear bright colors. This makes it difficult for mosquitoes to land on you.
  • Avoid going out at dusk or dawn when Culex sp. mosquitoes are active. They're the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus—the deadliest virus in the United States.

Mosquito Prevention In Your Yard

When it comes to mosquito bite protection in your yard, who wants to spray repellents on themselves all the time? And, who wants to lay next to the pool fully clothed? The best solution for mosquito bite prevention in your yard is not personal prevention. It is far better to address breeding sites and reduce mosquito activity.

Most of the mosquitoes in Atlanta that bite you while you're out in your yard are mosquitoes that have hatched in your yard. It is possible to remove breeding sites to make it more difficult for mosquitoes to develop in your yard.

  • Remove containers that capture rainwater.
  • Address conditions that cause puddles to form.
  • Address damp conditions that make your landscaping damp all the time.
  • Install water circulating pumps in stagnant water that can't be removed.
  • Dump water out before mosquitoes have a week to develop.

Before female mosquitoes lay eggs in your yard, she is likely to rest in your yard. She is going to prefer to hide in vegetation because she'll feed on nectar in flowers and the sap from plant stems and leaves.

  • Reduce weeds and unnecessary vegetation in your landscaping.
  • Trim bushes, shrubs, and other plants to allow the wind to move through and dry things out. Mosquitoes don't prefer to hide in dry places.
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Hear From Our Happy Customers

At Tuxedo Mosquito Control, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our customers have to say about working with us.

    "Couldn't be happier!"

    He even offered valuable advice on managing our mosquito problem. Highly recommend their services to anyone in need!

    Seth J.
    "The best customer service!"

    These guys have been doing Mosquito Control for over 20 years. They have to best customer service in the state. They also have Kiln dried firewood for sale during winter months!

    David M.
    "Best in the industry!"
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    "We love this service. Derek is timely, has great communication, and works with you, providing great personal service."
    Beth S.
    "My technician, Joe Hamby, is the best!"

    Joe has been servicing our property for five years and I can always count on him!

    Patti B.
    "Joe has been great! He’s very professional, personable, and his treatment of our front and backyard has continuously worked great to keep mosquitos at bay."
    Tony C.
    "Quality product!"

    This is my first mosquito season using the mosquito traps. They work beautifully and they do not affect the pollinators. Tuxedo Mosquito delivers a quality product while providing excellent customer service!

    Gayle S.
    "Very professional!"

    Joe has been great! He’s very professional, and personable and his treatment of our front and backyard has continuously worked great to keep mosquitos at bay. Everyone I’ve referred to Tuxedo Mosquito has been very happy with their service and

    Tony C.

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