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Everything You Need To Know About Mosquitoes

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Warm weather means mosquito time in Ohio. Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, but they also carry many dangerous diseases. There are many simple ways for a homeowner to reduce the probability of mosquito nests settling onto their property.

Facts About Mosquitoes

  • In many mosquito species, the female is the bloodsucker.
  • Some species do carry deadly viruses, but there are many variables in each case, so it is difficult to generalize about the threat posed by species as a whole.
  • Mosquitoes have four life stages and reproduce in stagnant water.
  • They are found on every continent except Antarctica.
  • There are a dizzying number of variations and species. This makes it tricky to discourage all mosquito types from visiting your home since what sends one group packing might attract another group.
  • The largest mosquitoes belong to the genus Toxorhychites. Ironically, they don’t suck blood from people or animals. Rather, they feed on the larvae of other mosquitoes. This makes them a creative tool for pest control professionals.

Mosquito Breeding Habits

Mosquitoes' lives begin underwater, so one very easy way of preventing an abundance of biting insects is by making sure you do not have any stagnant water around your home. Mosquitoes like to breed in stagnate water. They’re not picky about the container. In fact, they’re quite creative. Mosquitoes will breed in:

  • Birdbaths
  • Open cans, bottles, plastic containers
  • Tires
  • Puddles
  • Flowerpot bases
  • Trash cans and recycle bins
  • Tree hollows
  • Ditches, holes, and trenches
  • Pools, kiddie pools, oversized lids turned upside down (like sandbox covers)

How to Discourage Mosquito Breeding

To discourage breeding, the best course of action is preventative maintenance.

  • Clear away all trash. Not only is this a sound preventive measure against many pests, but it also makes your home look nice.
  • Fill holes that shouldn’t be there. Holes in the ground, holes in the trees—fill them all.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of things. Put a small outlet for water at the bottom of your tire swings, recycle bins, and any outdoor uncovered box.
  • If you have a swimming pool, regular use and maintenance are probably enough to keep the mosquitoes away, especially when you chlorinate your water. For kiddie pools and birdbaths, change the water weekly.
  • If you have creeks or ponds on your property, consider adding Mosquito Briquettes to the waterway. These eliminate mosquito larvae without causing harm to the ecosystem. You can get these at your local hardware store or call us and we can provide them to you.
  • Landscapes with trees, shrubs, and vegetation harbor these pesky biters. The best defense for this situation is to apply a residual product to these areas that help eliminate them where they hide. This typically is done by a licensed pest control company such as Epcon Lane. Choose a program that offers monthly preventative services from spring to fall.

Given the many types of mosquitoes, it’s difficult to give a one-size-fits-all recipe for mosquito prevention. However, for many species, these tips will greatly reduce your home’s breeding ground potential.

Diseases Mosquitoes Carry

West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes are known for carrying the West Nile Virus, but some other diseases that they can carry are Encephalitis, Malaria, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, and Dog Heartworm. Since West Nile Virus arrived in the United States 11 years ago, it is projected that around 300,000 Americans have been affected by it. It is very important to take the right steps in controlling the mosquito population. To protect yourself and your loved ones, here are five basic steps to follow to keep mosquitoes from ruining your summer created by Russ Jundt from the Mosquito Squad. 

Zika Virus

Zika Virus is another mosquito-borne illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted that in 2016, 3-4 million people will be affected. While yes, that is alarmingly high, the disease is preventable so get your information now!

This disease is not deadly in most cases. There are many symptoms to look out for and some people will not show any symptoms at all. The disease is worrisome the most for expectant mothers. If present in a baby, the disease could cause abnormality. Signs and symptoms of Zika include: fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and headache. If you suffer from any of these signs and symptoms please contact your primary care physician.

If you find that mosquitoes are still a problem, call Epcon Lane for advanced pest control assistance.