Do you avoid your backyard like the plague in summer? Ban barbecues or pool parties during certain months? Keep your kids indoors to avoid itchy red bites? These are common problems across the South and Midwest, and in Arkansas in particular. If you live near the lake, have a water attraction in your yard, or live close to a neighbor with a pool you’re at risk of mosquito invasion. Even puddles in the backyard or standing water in your drains can put you at greater risk of disease-carrying bites.
Don’t let the mosquitoes decide when and how you enjoy your outdoor space. Take back your yard with a high-quality mosquito control program.
Why Do I Need a Mosquito Control Plan in Little Rock?
Mosquitoes breed quickly and are very resilient, which can make it difficult to keep the little suckers under control with DIY repellants. You put out citronella candles, sprayed yourself down with insect repellent, turned the fan on high… and you’re still being eaten alive? Those are signs that it’s time to consider a professional alternative.
Where are the Mosquitoes in My Yard?
Mosquitoes are most active during the warmest months – usually late April through mid-October – in the early morning and around dusk. It only takes two weeks for a mosquito egg to fully develop into an adult mosquito and begin the breeding process all over again. Ideal breeding grounds include:
- Moist soil
- French Drains
Anywhere that houses stagnant water – even just a few drops! – long enough for their eggs to hatch are danger zones. Luckily, setting up a mosquito control plan in Little Rock is simple – contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn to connect with a mosquito control specialist.
How Dangerous are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes pose a more serious threat than just itchy bites and annoying buzzing. One bite from the wrong mosquito can infect the host with any number of diseases:
- West Nile Virus
- Yellow Fever
- St. Louis Encephalitis
While most of these diseases are no longer common in the United States, they are making a comeback in the South and Midwest as a result of heavy seasonal rains and flooding. This creates large pools of standing water – the perfect breeding paradise for mosquitos. Keep your workers, friends, and family safe with a professional mosquito control plan.
What Are the Stages of Mosquito Development?
Learning about the stages of mosquito development can help you understand how to eliminate them – or prevent them from infesting your outdoor spaces in the first place. From egg to adult, every mosquito species goes through four distinct stages of development.
- 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 a mosquito’s development occur underwater. However, the adult mosquito is an active flying insect and lives in the air. Female mosquitos need to ingest blood (animal or human) to create and lay their eggs, usually 100-200 at a time. The female deposits her eggs near water, damp soil, or in moist cool areas. Mosquito eggs can survive in dry conditions for months until they come in contact with enough moisture to hatch.
The entire development process from egg to adult mosquito is only 2-3 weeks (depending on the species) with access to the correct amount of moisture. Because of this rapid breeding cycle, you have to be diligent about timing your mosquito treatments to ensure that you eradicate them completely.
After initial treatment, you are West Termite, Pest & Lawn’s partner in mosquito control. We will conduct a thorough examination of your property each time we visit, but you should keep an eye out for signs of an infestation. Investigating and removing any standing water that you discover on your property is an excellent first step toward defending your outdoor space from mosquito invasion.
Do I Really Need Professional Help with Mosquito Control in Little Rock?
Citronella candles and bug sprays can keep mosquitoes away from small areas for a few hours at a time, but to drastically reduce your mosquito population and take your yard back, a professional mosquito service is the most reliable choice. West Termite offers a long-term, professional-grade mosquito control program in Little Rock that creates a barrier of protection around your yard – so you and your family can enjoy it again!
Focus on areas where feeding and breeding are most likely
Treat the designated areas with a powerful solution to limit breeding and hatching of the mosquito larvae
Develop a schedule for reducing or eliminating standing water and treating danger zones
When you’re ready to consult a professional, the staff at West Termite, Pest & Lawn are ready to help you develop a plan to keep your home safe from mosquitos all year round.
Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying summertime pests, they’re a health hazard for your family, visitors, and pets. If you are suffering from mosquito infestation, West Termite can help you develop a long-term solution based on your yard’s specific needs. So, before you plan your next outdoor event, schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced pest control experts.
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