Mosquitos Pose a Real Health Threat
With over 3,000 species worldwide and a high risk of getting a fatal disease from their bite, mosquitoes are considered the deadliest creature on the planet. In fact, some researchers believe that mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than all other creatures combined.
While mosquitoes are less of a threat in the United States compared to other parts of the world, even here they transmit diseases like the Zika virus, West Nile virus, Yellow Fever, and Encephalitis. Georgia has a serious mosquito problem. In fact, Atlanta ranks as one of the worst cities in the U.S. for mosquitoes.
Mosquito Control and Prevention
Understanding mosquitoes helps us to control them. In Georgia, mosquitos are most active from late spring through early fall. The females can lay up to 300 eggs at a time and mosquitoes grow from eggs to adults in 5-14 days. They need water to breed but they don’t need a lot of water. They primarily breed in standing waters associated with drainage and sewer systems but it’s possible for them to breed in just about any pools of standing water that are located in areas that cool, damp, dark or shaded, and not overly windy.
The female needs protein from blood in order to develop and lay eggs. That’s why female mosquitos bite humans and male mosquitoes do not. Mosquitoes fly slowly at about 1-1/2 miles per hour so they typically remain relatively close to their breeding ground.
At Bigham Pes Services, we use this kind of knowledge about the behavior of Mosquitoes to control and prevent mosquito activity in your yard or on your commercial property.
Our 5-Step Mosquito Control Process
- 1 Whenever possible, eliminate any areas of standing water where mosquitoes may breed.
- 2 Apply liquid insecticide to any grassy areas and shrubs where mosquitoes may seek shelter from the heat.
- 3 Apply a special mosquito treatment to the bottoms of the plant leaves that mosquitoes typically feed on.
- 4 Apply insect growth regulator to help prevent breeding.
- 5 Apply larvacide to any standing water to kill mosquito larva.