Are you starting to dread summertime instead of looking forward to it? Do you have to limit BBQs and outdoor events at your house? Do you keep your kids indoors to keep them from being covered in itchy red bites? These are common problems across the South and Midwest, and in Arkansas particularly.
If you live near the lake, own a water attraction, or live neat to a neighbor with an uncovered pool, you’re at risk of mosquito invasion. Even puddles in your backyard and drains can put you at greater risk of mosquito bites.
Don’t let the mosquitoes dictate when you can enjoy your outdoor space. Take your yard back with a high-quality mosquito control program.
Why Do I Need a Mosquito Control Plan in NWA?
Mosquitoes breed quickly and are shockingly hard to kill, which can make it difficult to keep the bloodsuckers under control with store-bought repellants. Citronella candles, insect repellent, and high-octane fans are all excellent weapons in mosquito warfare, but when they stop working, it’s likely 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. During these months, they prefer early morning and around dusk. Their breeding cycle is only two weeks long so they can multiply very quickly. Their ideal breeding grounds include:
- Moist soil
- French Drains
Anywhere that a few drops of stagnant water can gather long enough for their eggs to hatch are danger zones. Fortunately, setting up a mosquito control plan in NWA is simple – contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn to connect with a mosquito control specialist.
How Dangerous are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying, itchy pests – they also pose a serious health hazard for you and your family. 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 not common, they are being seen more often in the South and Midwest as a result of heavy seasonal rains and flooding. Flooding creates pools of standing water – the perfect breeding grounds for hungry mosquitos.
What Are the Stages of Mosquito Development?
Knowing something about mosquito development can help you understand how to eliminate them – or prevent them from infesting your property in the first place. From egg to adult, all mosquito species go 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 mosquito development occur underwater, but the adult is an active flying insect and lives in the air. The female mosquito must ingest blood (animal or human) to create and lay eggs (usually from 100-200 at a time). She will deposit her eggs near water, damp soil, or in moist cool areas. The eggs may survive in dry conditions for months until they receive enough moisture to hatch.
The entire process from egg to adult is only 2-3 weeks – depending on the available moisture. Because of this, you have to be diligent about timing your mosquito treatments to ensure they’re eradicated completely.
After initial treatment, you are West Termite’s partner in mosquito control. We’ll make a thorough inspection each time we visit, but you should keep an eye out for signs of an infestation. Inspecting, and – if possible – removing any standing water you discover on your property is an excellent first step in defending your outdoor space from mosquito invasion.
Do I Really Need Professional Help with Mosquito Control in NWA?
While citronella candles and bug spray can help keep mosquitoes at bay in small areas for a few hours at a time, they’re not a long-term or permanent solution. To drastically reduce your mosquito population and regain control over your lawn, a professional mosquito service is the way to go. West Termite offers professional-grade mosquito control programs in NWA that create a barrier of protection around your outdoor space that allows you to enjoy it again!
Focus on areas where mosquito 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 sustainable schedule for reducing or eliminating standing water and treating danger zones
When you’re ready to consult a professional, West Termite, Pest & Lawn is ready to help you develop a year-round mosquito control plan.
Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance, they pose a health hazard to you and your family. If you are suffering from mosquito infestation, West Termite will help you develop a long-term solution custom-designed for your yard and your budget. So, before you plan your next outdoor event, schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced pest control experts.
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