Considered to be the most useless insect in the world, the mosquito serves little purpose in its life apart from being a nuisance. That is, until they finally fulfill their actual purpose—which is being eaten by birds, bats, and other animals.
These little creatures can spread diseases with their bites, which is why mosquito control is so important. In this post, we will discuss different kinds of pesticides and how to best get rid of a mosquito infestation in or around your home so that you can rest easy and remain bite-free all season long.
Why are mosquitoes dangerous?
A mosquito infestation can be a major problem during the summer. As a result, mosquito control is often necessary. Not only are these creatures a nuisance, but also they swarm around people and animals and bite. Mosquitos feed on blood, and some mosquitos carry diseases such as malaria, the West Nile virus, and yellow fever. These illnesses can make you very sick, making mosquito control very important.
However, the mosquito is not the only insect that can swarm your home and cover you in bites. If you find yourself or your pets with insect bites, they might come from ticks as well. Tick removal must be done carefully with the right tools. During the tick removal process, you need to be careful that the head of the tick does not remain in the skin. If tick removal is not completed carefully, it will increase the likelihood that diseases are spread by the bite. Incorrect tick removal can transfer diseases such as Lyme, rocky mountain spotted fever and babesiosis.
If you are unsure of which insect has caused the bites, a professional mosquito service will be able to tell the difference and help you get rid of the pest that is invading your life. Insect control can target multiple bugs; it’s important to protect against some – but not all. Many bugs actually protect the ecosystem of your home, like ladybugs, praying mantises, and spiders.
How to get rid of a mosquito infestation
The first step in the mosquito control process is finding the source of the problem. If you have any standing water on your property, that is likely where the insects are breeding. To get rid of a mosquito infestation, it is necessary to eliminate all sources of standing water. Sources of standing water include:
• Old tires
• Trashcan lids
• Grill covers
• Discarded cups
Once you have eliminated the breeding ground for the mosquitoes, the second step is to get rid of adult mosquitoes. There are a variety of mosquito control products available on the market, such as foggers, traps, and sprays. You can also hire a professional mosquito control service to come and treat your property. Insect control is easier when the infestation is caught relatively early. Whether you decide to tackle mosquito control by yourself or hire a mosquito service, it is best to act as quickly as possible.
Different kinds of pesticides
There is a wide variety of pesticides available to aid you in mosquito control. Some pesticides are available over the counter, whereas others can only be used by professionals (because they require greater expertise). These pesticides are usually stronger—and also more effective! Because of this, it is often recommended to hire a professional mosquito service if the infestation is very problematic and large.
When choosing a pesticide, be sure to read the label carefully and follow all instructions. Some pesticides can be harmful to humans and animals if not used properly, so it’s important to be safe.
Besides pesticides to kill mosquitoes, there are ways to protect yourself against mosquito bites, including using citronella or insect repellants in your home and on your body.
If you have a severe mosquito infestation, you may want to consider hiring a professional mosquito service. They will have the experience and knowledge necessary to get rid of the problem quickly and safely. Ned Stevens offers comprehensive pest control services for mosquitoes and ticks; contact us today to receive a quote!