Mosquito Pest Control
Mosquitoes are one of those unfortunate insects that are not only annoying, but they can also be dangerous disease-carrying pests. Mosquitoes are quite small but you’ll know when they’re around because of their irritating, itchy bites.
While the bite of a regular mosquito is irritating, there are some mosquito species in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware that are invasive and can carry diseases like the West Nile virus, Yellow Fever, and even the Zika virus. Even the bite of a domestic common house mosquito can get irritated, and lead to an infection.
To protect your New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware home or business from mosquitoes, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
What are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are small flying insects with a dark, slender body, filmy wings, and three pairs of long delicate legs. Female mosquitoes come equipped with an elongated mouthpiece that is designed to pierce the skin of humans and mammals so they can feed on their blood. This blood helps to stimulate the production of their eggs. The actual bite of the mosquito is generally painless. It is the saliva introduced during the biting process that causes an itchy reaction later on.
There are many different sub-species of mosquitoes located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Pest control experts at Viking Pest explain the two most common viruses these species of mosquitoes can carry are West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis. Thankfully, there are no mosquitoes in the United States that are actively carrying malaria, one of the world’s deadliest killers.
“Most people don’t realize that there are multiple species of mosquitoes,” say Craig S. ACE, PHE, Viking Pest’s Service Director. “Sme have a short range of flight, capable of traveling only a couple hundred feet. Others, like the Salt Marsh Mosquito, may fly as much as 40 miles.”
In New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, there are several disease-carrying species of mosquito, including Aedes albopictus, which has a single bright white stripe on its back, Aedes aegypti which is striped black and white, and the small, brown Culex pipiens mosquito.
How Do I Get Mosquitoes?
Female mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in standing water, either in the damp areas surrounding rivers, lakes, or ponds or in areas around humans where standing water has collected. Exterminators explain if you regularly leave buckets filled with water, birdbaths out in the spring, or have low patches in your lawn or parking lot that collects water, you can expect that it will quickly become a haven for mosquito eggs. Mosquitoes are very tenacious and will lay their eggs in tiny amounts of standing water.
Mosquito control in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware starts with emptying all standing water around your home or business and taking steps to make sure it doesn’t build up again. Many of the disease-carrying species of mosquitoes prefer to breed in these man-made containers rather than in natural wetlands, so they can be closer to humans.
What Are the Effects of Mosquitoes in and Around My Home or Business?
If you have many mosquitoes laying their eggs nearby, it’s likely that you’ll be forced to deal with mosquitoes swarming around your home or business. A large amount of mosquitoes around your home or business makes sitting outdoors extremely difficult, and you may feel unable to use your outdoor space for fear of potential health risks. This means that backyard barbecues or even casual evenings sitting outside with friends and neighbors are out of the question. It’s frustrating to feel unable to use such a large part of your property.
Depending on how much coming and going you experience daily, you may find that the mosquitoes make their way indoors and torment you there as well.
Only a very small percentage of mosquitoes in NJ, PA, MD, and DE carry viruses. However, if you’re bitten by a diseased mosquito, it can make you extremely ill. West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999, and in the first 15 years, more than 40,000 individuals have been infected.
How Do I Prevent Mosquitoes?
Pest control experts explain the best way to prevent mosquitoes, and by extension mosquito bites, is to ensure there is no standing water on your property. Walk around and dump out water from containers. By taking control of their breeding ground, you can cut off the mosquito eggs and larvae before they can hatch into full-grown adults.
After you’ve removed all the standing water, take steps to ensure that water cannot collect again. Store empty containers indoors, and work with your neighbors to get rid of standing water throughout your neighborhood.
Yard Guard Protection
Another great way to control mosquitoes is through the Viking Pest program Yard Guard. This solution controls the breeding population of mosquitoes in the affected areas, and will quickly reduce the number of mosquitoes swarming on your property. After a simple treatment, mosquitoes quickly get infected, allowing you to take control of your backyard again and enjoy it pest-free.