The first step in preventing and getting rid of mosquitoes is to understand them. In this post, we answer some frequently asked questions about mosquitos to help you keep them from taking over your yard.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mosquitoes
Where do mosquitoes come from?
Mosquitoes breed in standing water, where the adults lay their eggs and the larvae hatch and develop. Because mosquitoes must have water to complete their life cycle, treating sources of water is important to prevent the larvae from becoming breeding, biting, and potentially disease-carrying adults
Are the mosquitoes I see on my property from places on my property?
In general, yes. Most mosquitoes you see are from your property or your neighbors’. Mosquitoes usually stay close to the area where they developed into adults. There are mosquito species, however that can fly several miles. Counties and municipalities pay the most attention to these.
Doesn’t my county or municipality already spray for mosquitoes?
Some do, but with a limited amount of general fogging or with specific treatments of areas, such as catch basins. Many parts of our community, including private property and retention ponds, are not treated. (Check with your local health department or Mosquito Abatement District [MAD] for details on and local treatment programs.)
Can’t we just spray when we see mosquitoes?
We do spray to kill the adult, biting mosquitoes. By the time you see them, however, several hundred mosquitoes have already emerged from water sources as adults. It’s much better to stop them before that point, with a larvicide that prevents mosquitoes from developing.
Can the products you apply be used around people and pets with confidence?
Yes. These products are fully approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are applied by trained, licensed technicians. They are specifically designed to target insects and only insects.
What about wildlife and fish in ponds or streams?
We have products that target only insects. They are not harmful to fish, pets, or wildlife when used according to label directions.
Why should we treat if we stay inside most of the time and use repellent when we go outside?
Even one bite from a disease-carrying mosquito can infect a person with West Nile virus or other mosquito-borne diseases. Pets are also at risk for West Nile and canine heart worm.
Are the mosquitoes around here the ones that cause diseases?
Yes. While there are hundreds of different species, there are two basic classifications: floodwater and permanent-water mosquitoes. Both types can transmit West Nile virus and other diseases. You should avoid bites.
Will treatments totally eliminate mosquitoes?
It is possible for mosquitoes to migrate from other areas and to reproduce in new sources of standing water. Treatment will greatly reduce the number though, and will provide significant protection.
How many months per year should we treat?
Treatment should begin as soon as the temperature regularly is above 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.33 °C) and should continue into the Fall. In many southern areas of the country, year-round treatment is advised.
Should people and animals stay away from areas for a certain amount of time after a treatment?
Just until the adultcide is dry. Waiting is not necessary with the larvicide.
Can this product be placed in pet water bowls, water gardens, and water troughs?
Yes, the larvicide product we use has been completely reviewed by the EPA and can be used in these areas.
Do you need help getting rid of mosquitoes?
Complete the form below or give us a call at 918-245-7378 to set up your mosquito control appointment now.