Mosquitoes hit Atlanta

SPRING!! Its finally here. After a cold and wet winter were all ready for the warm weather. The lake, the pool, the cookouts, the Atlanta Bravesthese are what spring is about in Georgia. This is the time of year where we spend time with friends and family just enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when those pesky MOSQUITOES show back up.

Interesting facts on mosquitoes:

  • Carbon dioxide draws mosquitoes from up to 30 yards away.
  • Only female mosquitoes feed on our blood. (easy with the comments men!!)
  • Blood is used by the females to mature eggs prior to laying. Blood has no nutritional value to a mosquito.
  • Most adult mosquitoes live 2-3 weeks. Some species that live in garages, culverts and attics can live for 6 months.
  • Not only can mosquitoes be an annoyance but they can also be a health hazard. They are known to pass some blood-born illnesses from one victim to another.
  • Mosquitoes are attracted to aquatic situations. After all of the rain we experienced this past year they will surely be attracted to the standing water that we are experiencing.
  • The majority of bites occur during dusk, dawn and at night. You can take precautions during this time by dressing in light, loose fitting clothes and using an insect repellant on exposed skin areas.

Northwest Exterminating offers an effective Mosquito Reduction Program that features monthly treatments by a licensed professional. Most mosquitoes that breed around your home stay in a 300ft zone-thats why Northwest uses a highly targeted approach. Our program includes a property inspection to identify mosquito breeding/resting sites, application of treatment to target mosquito hatching areas (standing water) and application of treatment to mosquito resting areas (shrubs, ivy, tall grass, shaded areas). Call NORTHWEST EXTERMINATING today to sign up for our Mosquito Reduction Program!

Northwest Exterminating
830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
 • 888-466-7849
 

Mosquito Control

Many issues contribute to a mosquito problem; landscaping with heavy vegetation, containers left out in the open to collect rain, and nearby water sources all are potential mosquito breeding sites or are attractive habit for mosquitoes. Our most persistent and annoying mosquito species are container breeders. Any item left out that can collect water becomes a potential breeding site for these species. The Asian Tiger mosquito is an example of a container breeder.

Homeowners should be aware of items and locations where water collects after a rain. Toys, birdbaths, tarps, and many other locations can hold water long enough for mosquitoes to develop. These items should be emptied of water and allowed to dry out after a rainfall.

A comprehensive mosquito control program should take into account the life cycle of mosquitoes and target vulnerable life stages to eliminate the population. Breeding sites should be eliminated whenever possible, and mosquito larvae must be treated with a larvacide to prevent adult mosquitoes from developing. Adult mosquitoes prefer to rest under heavy vegetative cover during daylight hours. These areas can be treated with residual or contact insecticides to eliminate adult mosquitoes.

Mosquito control is evolving as our tools and techniques improve. You can still see government trucks out at dusk in some communities, fogging the streets. Usually these trucks are traveling to fast to properly apply the fog, and this application fails to treat the breeding sites that are the source of mosquito problems. Mist dispensers have become popular in recent years, but these products are expensive and require large containers of pesticide on the property, and likewise fail to address the breeding sites that generate the mosquitoes.