What are some things I can do to reduce mosquitoes around my home?
In addition to a mosquito control service, there are several measures you can take to get rid of mosquitoes around your home.
- Replace any standing water in bird baths, ponds, or pools at least once a week to reduce breeding sites.
- Introduce mosquito eating fish to ponds with standing water.
- Turn over any empty flower pots, children’s toys, and other objects that might hold water.
What health risks do mosquitos pose?
Mosquitoes are known vectors of several serious parasites and illnesses. Some of the most serious being: West Nile Virus, Malaria, Chikungunya, and Yellow Fever. More information can be found on our site or on the Centers for Disease Control’s website.
How long will a barrier treatment last?
Our mosquito treatments are designed to last between 3 to 4 weeks. Depending on weather and other environmental factors, a mosquito treatment may not last as long. Our monthly mosquito barrier treatments are a guaranteed service. If you are not seeing results, call us and we will come back out for an extra mosquito treatment service at no additional cost.
My town/city/county sprays for mosquitoes; why do I need your service?
Municipal mosquito treatment services are designed to reduce the population of mosquitoes on a large scale and not necessarily for the comfort of individuals. Our mosquito treatment services are customized to your home and your needs. Our goal is to allow your family to get out and enjoy your yard, without worrying about being bitten by mosquitoes.
Are mosquito traps or magnets a good alternative to a misting system and treatment program?
You cannot compare the mosquito magnet to a misting system or Palmetto Mosquito Control’s Barrier Service. Mosquito traps or magnets capture only the insects that are located downwind of the machine. There is no independent field research that supports the manufacturers’ claims that the mosquito traps actually reduce the population of mosquitoes and gnats in a specific outdoor area. One female mosquito can produce about 1,500 eggs that will emerge as adults in about 15 days. Anecdotally, many of our customers owned one or more mosquito magnets prior to purchasing our system or service.
Mosquitoes can not only be an annoying, serious problem in man’s domain, mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism. In their book Mosquito; “A Natural History of Our Most Persistent and Deadly Foe,” Andrew Spielman and Michael D’Antonio, wrote that mosquitoes serve no useful purpose in the ecosystem other than to perpetuate their species. Unfortunately, in the course of reproducing, mosquitoes kill millions of people each year by the transmission of some of the deadliest diseases on Earth. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, they also transmit diseases and parasites that effect dogs, cows, and horses. Mosquito attacks on farm animals can lead to the loss of weight and decreased milk production, thus mosquitoes can also adversely affect portions of a nation’s economy and way of life..
Certain mosquitoes are capable of transmitting diseases such as Zika Virus, Malaria, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Dog Heartworm. Different mosquito species transmit different diseases. For example, only the genus Anopheles transmits the malaria parasite. This particular sub-species of mosquitoes exists everywhere on the planet, except Antarctica. Malaria was once endemic in the United States but because of economic development and more stringent mosquito-control measures, malaria is not a serious threat in the United States.
Mosquitoes of the genus Aedes, such as the Asian Tiger Mosquito, can transmit Zika virus, yellow fever and dengue. Zika virus is a mild virus to adults, usually leading to symptoms much like those of the common flu. However, Zika can be passed to the fetus of pregnant women. If passed, Zika may cause Microcephaly, a birth defect that causes the brain to not fully develop. Yellow fever is a zoonotic disease, a disease that can be passed between humans and animals, making eradication impossible. Fortunately, a vaccine exists, but can cause serious illness in a small fraction of individuals. There is no vaccine for Dengue, which can cause hemorrhaging, shock, and death. Dengue fever is not common in the continental United State, but is endemic to popular tourist cities such as Puerto Rico, Latin America, and many Eastern Asian countries. The average death rate for Dengue fever is about 5 percent, roughly 3 percent higher than the mortality rate of the 1918 flu pandemic.
West Nile Virus (WNV) originally appeared in the Western Hemisphere in 1999 in New York City. The virus was first isolated in Uganda in 1937 and was typically found in Africa, the Middle East, West Asia, and Europe. Once the virus was introduced in New York City, it exploded across the United States. Like Yellow fever, West Nile virus is a zoonotic disease, and it often transmitted via infected birds. Unfortunately, the mosquito that transmits West Nile virus is Culex pipiens, often referred to as the common house mosquito, and is common to urban and suburban settings.
Rigorous mosquito surveillance and control is crucial to preventing mosquitoes and their transmitted viruses from spreading throughout the world. Municipalities must not limit their mosquito-control programs, especially if the programs have been successful in preventing widespread outbreaks. To develop effective control measures, it’s important to understand the mosquito life cycle and behavior.
More information about Mosquito Borne Illnesses can be found through the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dvbd/index.html