Why Do Mosquitoes Bite?

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite?

Mosquitoes are one of the top nuisance pests during the summertime. These pests are notorious for biting and leaving us with itchy red bumps on our skin. But why do mosquitoes bite us? And how can we prevent them from ruining our summer fun outside?

Female mosquitoes are looking for protein to survive. This protein is found in blood, which helps mosquitoes feed their developing eggs. There are several ways that these pests search for a host, including body odor, body temperature, and even the carbon dioxide that we exhale. Humans can also be a major part of attracting these pests to them without even knowing they are doing so. Factors such as wearing perfume, wearing clothes exposing skin, and even wearing dark-colored clothes can attract mosquitoes and bring a risk of mosquito bites.

Knowing the steps, you can take to reduce the chance of getting bitten by mosquitoes is the first step in protecting yourself and your family.

  • Avoid mosquito peak hours! Mosquito activity rises during dawn and dusk, try to stay indoors during these times, especially during these warmer months.
  • Cover up when you’re outdoors. Avoid wearing darker-colored clothing as these colors attract and stand out to mosquitoes. Instead, wear light-colored clothing and clothing made from synthetic fibers.
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET. Repellents containing DEET have proven to be highly effective at repelling mosquitoes. Make sure you apply the repellent onto your hands and rub it into your skin rather than just spraying it.

If you’ve noticed an increase in mosquito activity around your property, consider contacting your local mosquito control company. They’ll provide you with a thorough inspection and treatment options, fit for your property!

 

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Mosquito Control For Warmer Weather

Mosquito Control For Warmer Weather

Your backyard is a great place to hang out, especially during warmer weather. One pest that can really ruin your good time is a mosquito. Besides being a nuisance, mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases to not only humans but also dogs, cats, and horses. Peak mosquito season runs from April to October. Help keep your family and pets safe with these mosquito prevention tips for warmer weather.

Get Rid Of Standing Water

Mosquitoes breed in standing water and only need a thimbleful to start the process. Eliminating potential breeding sites (also known as source reduction) will help keep mosquitoes out of your yard. Identify any low areas that are prone to flooding or pooling water and fill them in with dirt or remulch them. Empty birdbaths daily and refill them. Keep gutters clear of debris. Turn over and remove water from anything that can collect it including pots, tarps, toys, furniture, old tires, pet bowls, etc. Fix any leaky faucets, sprinklers, and hoses that can cause water to pool up. Check AC drip pans for standing water. Keep pools maintained and cover or fill hollow tree stumps.

Clean The Gutters

Clogged gutters can lead to standing water, attracting mosquitoes who are looking for a place to lay eggs. Keep your gutters clear of debris or consider installing gutter guards to help prevent clogs. This can also help prevent other pests, as well.

Don’t Forget Your Water Features

For larger water features that can’t be eliminated, treat them with larvacide that will eliminate any mosquito larvae that is present. Use it in any areas of standing water such as ponds, water features, and swimming pools.

Keep Your Yard Maintained

Mosquitoes love to hide in tall grass, shrubbery, and damp woodpiles. Keep your grass mowed short and your landscaping well maintained. Keep wood piles covered or store wood in containers with lids.

Crank Up The Fans

Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and body heat. If you have to spend any time outdoors, consider using outdoor fans to help dissipate and redirect the carbon dioxide and body heat you emit. This helps make you less attractive to mosquitoes in the area.

Landscape With Mosquito-Repelling Plants

Some common flowers and plants actually make great natural mosquito repellent. Planting these flowers around your home will help keep mosquitoes at bay. Marigold is one of the most common mosquito-repelling plants. Others include lavender, rosemary, basil, catnip, lemon balm, peppermint, and pennyroyal. Citronella grass is also a good option as it is extremely easy to maintain and can be used to fill in large areas.

Attract Bats

Yes, you read that correctly! Bats eat thousands of mosquitoes each day. While this may not be an ideal solution if you live in a neighborhood or in close proximity to your neighbors, it is a great alternative for those with larger properties. You can build a bat house to attract them to your yard and watch the mosquitoes disappear.

Consider Professional Service

Fighting mosquitoes can seem like a never-ending battle despite your best efforts. There are traditional and green mosquito control options available today. Most professional mosquito elimination services will include treatments that target both adult and larvae, as well as source reduction and elimination techniques. These services are typically monthly during peak mosquito season. If you have a problem with mosquitoes, contact a professional pest control company for a free estimate.

 

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Preventing Mosquito Bites

Preventing Mosquito Bites

Humid, hot environments can be a major indication that mosquitoes are out and looking for a blood meal. Mosquito bites can be painful, creating an itchy, red welt on the skin. Depending on the person, mosquito bites could cause an allergic reaction too. While it’s inevitable to run into mosquitoes during these months, there are still ways to eliminate the chance of getting bitten.

When the weather is warm, humid, but perfect for being outside, it’s less likely that covering up is first thing you’ll think of doing. But, covering up is the most effective and easiest way to prevent mosquitoes from biting you. If you know you’ll be outside for some time, consider wearing long sleeves and pants as much as possible to cover your exposed skin. When preparing to spend time outdoors, consider wearing light-colored clothes. It’s known that mosquitoes are more attracted to darker colors, so wearing lightly colored clothing can help reduce the chance of being bitten.

If wearing long shirts and pants isn’t an option, another alternative is using insect repellant. Insect repellants are great to use when the weather is particularly hot and humid. It’s suggested that the best type of repellent to use is those that contain DEET. DEET has proven to be highly effective at repelling mosquitoes and other biting insects. It can help protect from mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika Virus, West Nile, and Encephalitis.

Whatever activities or plans you have while outside if the weather is hot, your body temperature will elevate. Staying cool and avoiding high body temperatures is impossible in the humid heat but it’s still important to try and keep cool as much as you can, since mosquitoes are highly attracted to elevated body temperatures. If you’ll be outside for a while in the heat, consider using portable fans, cold rags on your neck or forehead, and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Or consider planning your day around peak mosquito time which is in the late afternoon and evening.

It’s inevitable to run into mosquitoes in the spring and summertime and sometimes prevention isn’t enough. If you’ve gotten bitten one too many times, consider calling your local pest control company where they can provide you with an inspection and offer an effective  mosquito treatment plan.

 

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Commercial Mosquito Control: A No Spray Way for Your Business

Commercial Mosquito Control: A No Spray Way for Your Business

Heat and humidity create an ideal environment for mosquitoes. With Spring here and Summer just a few months away, mosquito season has officially arrived. Mosquitoes are small, annoying, and their bites can pose serious health risks to humans. Every business wants to assure customers that their space is safe, and what better way to do so than with a no-spray solution for mosquitoes.

The In2Care mosquito trap is a perfect way to help prevent and eliminate mosquitoes throughout your entire property. This trap is unique, unlike any other, as it lures in mosquitoes with a special green treatment inside the trap. Once mosquitoes enter the trap, the treatment transfers to the mosquito’s legs, where it’s then spread to other breeding sites, like standing water or flower saucers. The spread of the treatment eliminates adult mosquitoes but also prevents the larva mosquitoes from developing further.

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This trap is perfect for businesses who are looking for an alternative green way for mosquito relief. Instead of spraying product around a property, the trap is placed in a shaded, vegetated area where mosquitoes are likely to breed. The green treatment used to eliminate mosquitoes does not target beneficial pests and remains environmentally and pet friendly.

In2Care for Business Benefits

  • It’s a no spray way, discreet system
  • Eliminates all mosquito life stages – from larva to adult
  • Strategically placed around the business so the trap is always working

As each business prepares for the dreaded mosquito season, giving your customers a green, no spray solution to keep them protected against mosquitoes provides peace of mind.

If your business is interested in our In2Care System, call our our Commercial Team at (888) 466-7849 or schedule a free inspection now.

Mosquito Yard Prep!

Mosquito Yard Prep!

It’s safe to say that mosquitoes are a major nuisance pest during the spring and summer months. These pests can quickly ruin a backyard barbeque with their incessant swarming and biting of your guests! Before peak mosquito season hits and their activity increases, prep your yard early to prevent mosquitoes.

Eliminate Breeding Sites

The elimination of breeding sites is essential to preventing mosquitoes. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. If there has been a recent thunderstorm, it’s likely that objects in your yard are holding water. Items that can hold water include toys, buckets, outdoor pet bowls, and tire swings are all perfect places for mosquitoes to breed. Other objects meant to hold water, such as fountains or birdbaths, can also attract mosquitoes. Removing these objects or making sure to empty them of water will help eliminate the chance of mosquito infestations during the warmer months.

Clean Up Clutter

Leaves and debris after a thunderstorm can cause clogged gutters, resulting in the perfect place to breed mosquitoes. Ensure that your home’s gutters are clear of debris, especially after it’s been raining. Consider installing gutter guards that save you time, reduces the risk of injuries, and helps prevent mosquitoes and other pests. Mosquitoes also like to hide in tall grass and shrubbery. It’s crucial to maintain your grass and shrubs, keeping both trimmed and the grass cut short.

Call the Pros

Mosquito control and prevention can sometimes feel like a never-ending battle. A professional pest control company can provide homeowners with a customized prevention and treatment plan to help eliminate these pests. Being proactive and starting mosquito treatments now will help in controlling mosquitoes during peak season!

Green Mosquito Control: An Eco-Friendly Alternative

Green Mosquito Control: An Eco-Friendly Alternative

Mosquito season is right around the corner! Heat and humidity during these months combine to provide an ideal environment for mosquitoes to thrive. The season usually starts in the spring and peaks over the summer. Besides leaving behind itchy, red welts, these nuisance pests are dangerous to humans by vectoring serious diseases like Zika virus, West Nile virus, and chikungunya. Fortunately, there are several green pest control options you can utilize as an eco-friendly alternative to control mosquitoes. Here are 3 steps you can take for green mosquito control.

Identify Nesting and Resting Sites

The first step to controlling mosquitoes is identifying and eliminating what attracts them in the first place. Mosquitoes will come around in search of two things: nesting sites and resting sites.

Where do mosquitoes breed? Every species of mosquito lays its eggs in water. While the type of water source may vary between species, it only takes a minute amount of water for mosquitoes to hatch and develop. Get rid of any potential breeding sites by:

  • Cleaning up debris around your home. Moisture can accumulate under piles of leaves, boards, mulch, rocks, and other outdoor items.
  • Walking around your yard and identify any items that can hold water – pots, cans, bird baths, lids, toys, and planters. Empty them or store them upside down when not in use.
  • Inspecting your gutters for clogs and keep them cleaned out. Watch out for sagging gutters or low spots where the water can accumulate.
  • Repairing any poor drainage sites in your yard as these can lead to standing water. Consider leveling your yard or installing a french drain.

Once mature, adult mosquitoes will often rest in shady areas that are protected from the wind. Some common resting sites include trees, shrubs, potted plants, patios, and front entryways.

Protect Yourself From Bites

Any time you can protect yourself from mosquito bites you should. Prevent mosquito bites by:

  • Blowing them away. Any breeze above 1 mph will make it difficult for mosquitoes to fly. If you have to spend time outdoors, consider using fans, whether battery powered, plug in or ceiling. Try to keep the air flow from the fans pointed at the lower half of your body as mosquitoes tend to fly closer to the ground to avoid said wind.
  • Avoiding peak mosquito hours. Mosquitoes tend to feed at dawn and dusk as the wind typically dissipates around these times. Try to stay indoors during these times, especially during the warmer months.
  • Applying insect repellent before going outdoors. When applying repellent, spray it onto your hands and rub it onto your skin rather than spraying it directly onto the skin. Repellents with DEET block the mosquitoes’ CO2 receptors, making them especially effective.
  • If you are opposed to DEET, there are other natural mosquito repellents you can use instead.
    • Picaridin is CDC approved and the most broadly used repellent outside the United States.
    • IR 3535 is CDC approved and also repels deer ticks.
    • 2-undecanone is CDC approved and is found naturally in cloves.
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus is CDC approved and has been proven in studies to repel as well as DEET.
    • Avon Skin so Soft was shown in a 2015 study to repel mosquitoes for up to 2 hours.
    • Permethrin fabric spray can be used on clothes, shoes, tents, and netting.
    • Essential oils containing eucalyptus, rosemary, cloves, basil, and peppermint have also been shown to repel mosquitoes and are even used in many commercial products.
  • Covering up when outdoors. Wear tightly woven, light colored clothing. The synthetic fibers in athletic wear are especially good at repelling mosquitoes. Dark colors stand out to mosquitoes, while lighter colors are less attractive.
  • Considering the use of plants that repel mosquitoes around your home such as citronella, lavender, lemongrass, marigolds, and basil.

Applying Green Mosquito Treatments

Yards and climates vary across the region so the effectiveness and longevity of mosquito treatments will vary from home to home. Regardless of where you live or what kind of home you have, a green mosquito control program can be effective at helping control mosquito populations. Green mosquito control utilizes eco-friendly products that are just as effective as traditional products.

A complete green reduction program includes monthly mosquito treatments during mosquito season. Green treatments use products that are derived from flowers and botanicals and area only applied to the areas where they are needed instead of over the entire yard. They are effective at reducing both adult and larvae populations.

The green mosquito reduction program includes an inspection to identify resting and nesting sites; larvacide and adulticides to target all aspects of the population; source reduction and elimination by removing any areas of standing water; and a service guarantee where they will come back between treatments if needed, usually at no cost.

If you have a problem with mosquitoes or any other pests, contact a professional pest control company who can provide you with a thorough inspection and the most up to date traditional pest control and green treatment options available for you.

 

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The Importance of Mosquito Treatments

The Importance of Mosquito Treatments

Mosquitoes are known to be a nuisance. With the warmer weather upon us, taking the necessary steps to avoid these pests is extremely important. Mosquito control treatments performed by professionals can help reduce these pests by targeting adult mosquitoes and larvae throughout your property. There are several factors that determine how these treatments can help protect you, your family, and your property.

Mosquito season typically runs from April to October, with warm seasons being a major factor in their activity. Mosquitoes are highly attracted to standing water. They will usually lay their eggs in water for survival, only needing a small amount of water to do so. Once these eggs hatch, it can be difficult to try and control them.

If mosquitoes have hatched and are roaming your property, they can find their way inside your home. Mosquitoes are small, measuring only 1/8 – 3/8” long. They can easily fit inside small holes or gaps leading into your house. Ensuring that your windows and doors have screens in good repair is essential for keeping them out. If inside, mosquitoes will search for a perfect place to lay eggs, including in areas with house plants and water trays. These nuisance pests will lay their eggs in water trays and even feed off the plants for energy.

Female mosquitoes will bite and feed on humans and animals, as they require a blood meal to lay fertile eggs. These bites can become red, itchy, and irritating for both humans and animals. Mosquito bites are equally dangerous; mosquitoes can spread viruses such as West Nile or dengue fever through their bites. To avoid mosquito bites, take precautions when you know you’ll be outside during the peak season. Use EPA-registered mosquito repellants, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, and avoid using scented lotions or bath products.

With mosquito treatments, a pest professional can inspect your property and identify the resting and breeding areas to more effectively eliminate these pests. These services are recommended monthly during peak mosquito season so you can have a bite-free spring and summer! If you are concerned with mosquitoes on your property, contact your local pest control company for a free inspection!

What Is the Best Way to Keep Mosquitoes Away?

What Is the Best Way to Keep Mosquitoes Away?

Mosquito season is right around the corner, starting in the spring and peaking over the summer. Taking precautions now can help prevent a mosquito infestation when the weather warms up. While mosquitoes aren’t usually a problem inside your home, they will take over your yard, hampering your time spent outdoors. Besides being a nuisance, mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases to not only humans but also dogs, cats, and horses. Help keep your family and pets safe with these mosquito prevention tips.

Get Rid of Standing Water

Mosquitoes breed in standing water and only need a thimbleful to procreate. Eliminating potential breeding sites will help with mosquito elimination. Identify any low areas that are prone to flooding or pooling water and fill them in with dirt or remulch them. Empty bird baths daily and refill them. Keep gutters clear of debris. Turn over and remove water from anything that can collect it including pots, tarps, toys, furniture, old tires, pet bowls, etc. Fix any leaky faucets, sprinklers, and hoses that can cause water to pool up. Check AC drip pans for standing water. Keep pools maintained and cover or fill hollow tree stumps.

Clean Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can lead to standing water, attracting mosquitoes looking for a place to lay eggs. Keep gutters clear of debris or consider installing gutter guards to help prevent clogs. This can also help prevent other pests, as well.

Treat Your Water Features

For larger water features that can’t be eliminated, treat them with larvacide that will eliminate any mosquito larvae that is present. Use it in any areas of standing water such as ponds, water features, and swimming pools.

Keep Yards Maintained

Mosquitoes love to hide in tall grass, shrubbery, and damp woodpiles. Keep your grass mowed short and your landscaping well maintained. Keep wood piles covered or store wood in containers with lids.

Use Outdoor Fans

Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and body heat. If you have to spend any time outdoors, consider using outdoor fans to help dissipate and redirect the carbon dioxide and body heat you emit. This helps make you less attractive to mosquitoes in the area.

Install Mosquito-Repelling Flowers

Some common flowers and plants actually make great natural mosquito repellent. Planting these flowers around your home will help keep mosquitoes at bay. Marigold is one of the most common mosquito-repelling plants. Others include lavender, rosemary, basil, catnip, lemon balm, peppermint, and pennyroyal. Citronella grass is also a good option as it is extremely easy to maintain and can be used to fill in large areas.

Attract Bats

Yes, you heard that right! Bats eat thousands of mosquitoes each day. While this may not be an ideal solution if you live in a neighborhood or in close proximity to your neighbors, it is a great alternative to those with larger properties. You can build a bat house to attract them to your yard and watch the mosquitoes disappear.

Call The Pros

Fighting mosquitoes can seem like a never-ending battle despite your best efforts. There are several mosquito control options available today. Most professional mosquito elimination services will include treatments that target both adult and larvae, as well as source reduction and elimination techniques. These services are typically monthly during peak mosquito season. If you have a problem with mosquitoes, contact a professional pest control company for a free estimate.

 

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Why Rain and High Temperatures Bring Mosquitoes

Why Rain and High Temperatures Bring Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes, known to be a top summer nuisance pest, are a huge problem when they invade your property. With consistently heavy rains and warm temperatures, it seems like these insects never go away. Why is it that these pests seem to come out excessively when it’s hot and raining? 

It’s important to note that mosquito activity can vary from region to region, depending on the temperature of the area. Mosquitoes are cold-blooded insects; therefore, these pests won’t disappear until temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees. In areas of high temperatures, mosquito activity increases making summer peak mosquito season. Because of this, if it’s warm in the area you live in you’ll most likely see mosquitoes around.

When it comes to the rain, mosquitoes aren’t particularly attracted to the actual rainfall, but instead to what the rain leaves behind. Standing water brings mosquitoes for one reason – a place to lay their eggs. The water that’s left behind from rain provides the ideal place for their eggs to survive and hatch. It’s important to note that if any water is left undistributed for a long period of time, the eggs laid will eventually hatch and create even more mosquitoes to invade your property. 

While rain and heat are inevitable during the summer months, they don’t mean there isn’t a solution to prevent mosquitoes. Here are some easy ways you can keep mosquitoes away from your property,

  • Remove standing water from flowerpots, birdbaths, tarps, and any containers in or around your yard holding standing water
  • Remove piles of leaves and debris from your yard and gutters, as these can give mosquitoes a place to hide and breed
  • Cover any objects that can hold or collect standing water that can’t be removed, such as pools and boats
  • If you’re constantly battling mosquitoes, it might be time to contact a professional pest control company to help eliminate them and provide an ongoing prevention plan.
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