Even if you’re the hardiest outdoor enthusiast, mosquitoes can diminish your enjoyment of your backyard during the summer months. The high-pitched buzzing sound they make when they fly near our ears is annoying enough. It’s even worse that they suck our blood, and they love our heat and humidity in Georgia. The fact that they leave us with itchy red welts is a good reason to not only apply bug spray, but also get professional mosquito control to stop the problem from growing.
Mosquitoes’ Breeding Habits
Mosquitoes need our blood – not for feeding, but to reproduce. Only the female mosquito requires blood, and that’s so she can use the protein to lay eggs. Once she lays her eggs, a female mosquito will seek more blood to produce more young. She’ll continue this cycle during her short life span of about two weeks. This means the longer mosquitoes are allowed to stick around (with hosts like us nearby), the better chance they have to flourish.
Mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in standing water, as they need moisture to hatch. Many spots around your home may be at risk of supporting mosquito eggs:
- Bird baths
- Discarded tires
- Ponds and swamps
- Puddles from a recent rainfall
After a rain, mosquito eggs hatch and turn into larvae. The larvae are called “wigglers” for obvious reasons. If you examine standing water that’s been infested, you’ll observe hundreds of them wiggling around. The key is not only getting rid of existing mosquitoes, but also the larvae before they turn into full-grown, blood-seeking adults. Within a week of the moisture activating the eggs, adult mosquitoes emerge.
When Mosquitoes Become a Problem
Mosquitoes like to swarm when there are a lot of people around, and because we’re outside so often during the summer, it’s no wonder they flourish. During the heat of the day, mosquitoes rest in shaded areas: bushes, tall grass, the underside of decks, trees, awnings, roof overhangs or anywhere protected from direct sunlight. In the early morning and evening hours, they emerge and look for hosts.
These pests aren’t simply a nuisance; they’re also a concern for our health. Mosquitoes are known to carry a variety of illnesses, including Zika virus, malaria, Dengue fever and encephalitis. In addition, West Nile virus, a type of encephalitis virus, has emerged in Georgia thanks to mosquitoes. Because they frequently feed off both humans and our pets, it’s easy for them to spread disease in addition to leaving itchy bites.
Skyline’s Mosquito Reduction Program
Take back your yard and protect the health of your family with mosquito reduction services from Skyline Pest Solutions. We use a multi-faceted approach to eliminate current populations in all stages of the life cycle, as well as controlling future problems. Our ongoing Mosquito Reduction Program is most effective during the months of April through October – the time that mosquitoes are most active in Georgia.
To reduce mosquito populations, one of our pest management professionals will work with you to:
- Inspect and identify potential breeding sites.
- Reduce mosquito larvae from breeding sites that cannot be eliminated.
- Treat all mosquito “resting” areas, targeting the adult mosquito population.
- Educate you to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and keep mosquitoes out of your yard.
Don’t let mosquitoes’ buzzing and biting get the best of you in Georgia. At Skyline Pest Solutions, we gladly offer our mosquito services to eliminate and stop the spread of mosquitoes. We’ll also prevent them from coming back by helping you eliminate sources of standing water and other habitats. Our cost-effective monthly treatment plan is perfect during the highest-risk months of the year, making sure that you can enjoy your outdoor space all summer long. Contact us to get rid of mosquitoes today.