Nearly everyone has likely encountered a mosquito over the last few months. Following the recent excessive rains and flooding in Arizona, mosquitoes have become a major concern in most parts of the Valley. It is almost impossible to go outside unprotected without being bitten.
As a pest control provider, we are constantly asked for help with mosquito control. Although a pest control service can help eliminate mosquitoes directly around your home, it’s impossible to eliminate them completely because they are likely coming from many different sources.
So, what can we do?
Before we answer that question, it is important to learn how mosquitoes operate. Learning the behavior, diet and habits of the mosquito will help with control in and around your home.
The Daily Habits of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are best known for the habits of females, which feed on blood to help produce eggs. This means THEY BITE!
The eggs of the mosquito are normally located in standing water; this includes puddles, bird baths, buckets and even mud. They can lay as many as 100 eggs in a single laying, so it’s easy to understand how they can quickly become an issue after an active monsoon season. Adult mosquitoes prefer to be most active between dusk and dawn, although they also like shade and even make appearances on cloudy days.
What You Can Do
The West Nile Virus is a major concern; it is spread by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds and then bite people. The people that are bitten may or may not be infected with the West Nile Virus as a result of that bite. Because of this risk, it is important for homeowners to do whatever they can to eliminate mosquitoes in and around the home.
Here are some tips that may help:
- Mosquitoes breed in standing water; although you can’t do much about the standing water around your neighborhood, you can keep your home free from standing water. Eliminate any standing water in cans, jars, buckets, and any other containers.
- Remember to change the water in vases, animal bowls, and planters at least twice per week.
- Use insect repellant containing DEET whenever you go outside or wear clothing that covers your arms and legs (especially from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active).
- In order to eliminate mosquitoes from entering and breeding inside your home, remember to repair window and door screens with any holes or tears.
The Maricopa County Vector Control does provide treatment in routine breeding sites and also identifies new potential breeding sites. The Vector Control office also provides mosquito eating fish free to the public. If you have excessive mosquito activity around your home, or to file a complaint, visit Maricopacounty.gov or call 602-506-6616.
While mosquito season in the Valley can certainly be annoying, the good news is ̶ it is short lived. If you remember to take the above measures to eliminate breeding sites in and around your home, and be sure to use insect repellent outdoors, you may be able to get through the season comfortably.
Younger Brothers Exterminating is committed to providing our customers the best service, quality and value in the pest control industry. Contact us today to get your home protected, 623-487-3147.
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