Take back your yard and start enjoying it again…without the threat of mosquitoes. Sign up today for Northwest’s Green Mosquito Control program, and receive $50 off your first treatment.* Call us at 888-466-7849 or fill out the $50 off form to start eliminating mosquitoes now and throughout the entire summer.
*Offer applies to new service only; cannot be used on existing mosquito service or other services, or combined with other offers. Restrictions apply.
Green Mosquito Control
Although there are many DIY products and other mosquito control systems, Northwest recommends a monthly mosquito control program performed by licensed, experienced professionals. Wearing bug repellent, using special candles, misting systems, and many others all promise to repel mosquitoes…without attacking the source. Professional mosquito control combines treatment methods that are effective in reducing adult mosquito populations (the ones that bite!) as well as mosquito larvae.
Not only will Northwest reduce the annoyance of mosquitoes for you and your family, we will do it in a way that guarantees the lowest environmental impact possible. To ensure our mosquito control program is effective AND environmentally friendly, we use products that are derived from flowers and bacteria. The program consists of monthly treatments, beginning in April and ending in October. This allows you to maximize your time outdoors during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months.
Northwest’s Green Mosquito Control program includes the following:
- Property inspection
- Identification of mosquito breeding and resting areas
- Source reduction or elimination – typically gutters, containers, toys, pots, bird baths, etc. (anything that collects standing water)
- Larvicide treatment application to target standing water or areas where potential mosquito breeding sites exist – bird baths, ponds, flower pots, containers, marshes, creeks, flooded areas, etc.
- Adulticide treatment application to target adult mosquito resting areas – shrubs, ivy, weeds, small trees, shaded areas, etc.)
Mosquito Threats & Risks
Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide (the air we exhale) and can sense it from up to 30 yards away. Mosquitoes are also drawn to body heat, moisture, movement, and dark colors. In addition to professional mosquito control, there are some things you can do at home to reduce mosquito bites.
- Eliminate areas with standing water once a week
- Keep gutters clean
- Remove any litter from yard – mosquitoes can lay eggs in small, discarded items that hold water, such as cans, bottles, wrappers, etc.
- Correct drainage issues, if any
- Dress in light colored, loose fitting clothing when outdoors
- Use GE yellow “bug lights” – these do not repel mosquitoes but, unlike incandescent lights, do not attract them
- Use citronella candles, although they only have a mild effect
- Place a large fan on decks or patios – mosquitoes are weak fliers
Not only do mosquito bites hurt…they can also come with serious side effects, including anything from an allergic reaction to the spread of disease. These are the diseases most commonly carried by mosquitoes.
West Nile Virus
- Most cases diagnosed in early fall months (August-September)
- Most people bitten by mosquitoes carrying the disease will not show symptoms or be affected
- Disease is more likely to develop within people that have a weakened immune system, are pregnant, or elderly
- Mild forms of the disease can cause fever, headache, abdominal pain, nausea, rash, sore throat, or muscle aches
- Severe forms of the disease can cause loss of consciousness, muscle weakness, stiff neck, or confusion
- Disease is best avoided by preventing mosquito bites (see How to Prevent Mosquitoes above)
- Rare condition, often caused by mosquito bites
- Causes swelling of the brain
- More likely to affect young children or elderly adults
- Click here for a list of symptoms and other information
- Transmitted to dogs through mosquito bites
- Worms will live and reproduce in the heart and lungs of dogs, impairing normal organ functions
- Severe cases can cause weight loss, shortness of breath, cough, weak muscles, changes in vision, heart failure, or death
- Prevention is key – treat your dog with medications designed to keep them from contracting the parasite and have them tested regularly by a veterinarian