If you’re avoiding your backyard or banning barbeques in the summer to avoid annoying buzzing and itchy bites, you’re not alone. Mosquitoes are a common problem across the South and Midwest, and in Oklahoma in particular. If you live near a river or a lake, have a pool in the backyard, or even if you just have standing water in your drains, you are at greater risk of mosquito bites.
Don’t let the pests decide how and when you enjoy your outdoor space. Take your yard back with a high-quality mosquito control program!
Why Do I Need a Mosquito Control Plan in Bartlesville?
Mosquitoes breed so fast and are so hard to eliminate that it’s difficult to keep the little blood-suckers under control with DIY solutions. If you’re spraying yourself down with repellant, putting out citronella candles, turning the fan to full-blast and you’re still getting eaten up, it’s time to consider a professional alternative.
Where are the Mosquitoes in My Yard?
Mosquitoes are most commonly found in the warmer months of the year – late April through mid-October. And they’re most active during the dusk and early morning when it’s not scorching. Mosquito breeding cycles are typically about two weeks. Which means it takes two weeks for an egg to become an adult and start the breeding cycle all over. Ideal mosquito breeding grounds include:
- Moist soil
- French Drains
Anywhere that holds drops of standing water long enough for eggs to hatch is a possible danger zone. Unfortunately, almost every backyard in Bartlesville has standing moisture somewhere.
Setting up a mosquito control plan in Bartlesville is simple – contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn to connect with a mosquito control specialist.
How Dangerous are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes pose a serious health threat as well as being annoying and itchy. One bite from the wrong mosquito can infect the host with any number of diseases:
- West Nile Virus
- Yellow Fever
- St. Louis Encephalitis
While these diseases aren’t common, they are more prevalent in the Southern and Midwestern states than they have been in yeard past – possible as a result of heavy rains and flooding, which create large pools of standing water. Perfect breeding grounds for the mosquitoes.
The Tulsa Health Department recently released the results of a mosquito surveillance program that found mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus in Tulsa. Keep your friends, family, pets, and workers safe with a professional mosquito control plan.
What Are the Stages of Mosquito Development
Understainding the stages of mosquito development can help you eliminate them more efficiently – or prevent them from invading in the first place. Mosquitos go through four distinct stages of development from egg to adult, no matter the species:
- Egg – The egg hatches when exposed to even just a few drops of water. Even the lid of a plastic water bottle is large enough to be a breeding ground for mosquitos.
- Larva – Larvae look like tiny white caterpillars or worms. They live in the water, although some species swim up to the surface to breathe air.
- Pupa – The pupa look like larvae, but it is a non-feeding stage just before they emerge as adult mosquitoes.
- Adult – The adult emerges from the water and flies as soon as its wings dry. The breeding process can begin as soon as that same day.
The first three stages of mosquito growth occur underwater. Adult mosquitos are active, flying insects and live in the air. Female mosquitos have to ingest blood (human or animal) to make and lay their eggs – of which they lay up to 100-200 at a time!
The female deposits these eggs near water, in damp soil, or in other moist cool areas. Mosquito eggs have been known to survive in dry conditions for months until they make contact with enough moisture to hatch.
As long as the conditions are favorable, the entire mosquito development process from egg to adult mosquito is only 2-3 weeks! This accelerated breeding cycle means you have to be careful about how you time your mosquito treatments. If you’re not careful, you won’t exterminate them completely and you’ll have to start the process all over again.
After the initial treatment with West Termite, Pest & Lawn, you are our partner in mosquito control. We conduct thorough examinations of your property and the border of your home every time we visit, but keep an eye out for signs of mosquito infestation.
Investigating and removing all standing water on your property is a great first step toward defending your yard from mosquito invasion.
Do I Really Need Professional Help with Mosquito Control in Bartlesville?
Citronella candles and repellant sprays keep mosquitoes away from small areas for a few hours at a time. But if you want to drastically reduce your mosquito population and reclaim your backyard, you need to hire a professional.
West Termite offers a long-term, professional-grade mosquito control program in Bartlesville that creates a barrier of protection around your yard.
Focus on areas where feeding and breeding are most likely.
Treat the designated areas with a powerful solution to hinder breeding and hatching of the mosquito larvae.
Develop a sustainable schedule for reducing or eliminating standing water and treating danger zones.
When you’re ready to consult the professionals, our staff at West Termite, Pest & Lawn are experienced, friendly, and trained in the latest mosquito treatments and technology.
Mosquitoes are more than annoying summertime pests, they are a health hazard for your friends, family, and pets. If your home or yard suffers from mosquito infestation year after year, let West Termite help you develop a custom, long-term solution based on your needs and the specific problem areas on your property.
So before you plan your next outdoor celebration, schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced pest control experts.
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