Mosquitoes are irritating insects with two-wings that look similar to flies, which should be no surprise as the name mosquito translates to mean “little fly.” Data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reveals that more than 60 different species of mosquitoes now exist statewide. The type of mosquito that is most prevalent in this area is the Asian tiger (Aedes albopictus).
The majority of people who are bitten by mosquitoes will experience red and itchy skin; however, these pests are capable of causing much more severe problems. Mosquitoes are known to carry the West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, Zika virus, and many other serious concerns. Only the females consume blood, which allows them sufficient protein necessary for creating eggs to begin the reproductive process. Mosquitoes develop through three distinct phases as an egg, larva, and pupa before reaching adulthood, a cycle that takes roughly 8 to 10 days. The females can lay as many as 100 eggs at a time, which are positioned near standing water.
What Attracts Mosquitoes To My Yard?
Limiting any pools of standing water throughout the premises is critical to prevent breeding sites, and to reducing the mosquito population in your yard. In many cases, low-lying parts of a yard will accumulate significant amounts of water from rainfall. Items that create pools of standing water include flower pots, kiddie pools, birdbaths, and old tires. Keep the water flowing away from the home by properly maintaining gutters and downspouts. Promptly repair leaky hoses or spigots, and limit moisture accumulation that often results from condensation below air-conditioning units.
Best Practices To Prevent Exposure To Mosquitoes
Avoid participating in outdoor activities during the hours of dusk and dawn, particularly on very warm days when mosquitoes are most likely to be active.
Prevent mosquitoes from direct access to the skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, and full-length pants.
Apply insect repellants to areas of exposed skin. Repellants exist in various formulas, including sprays and lotions. Products that contain ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, and oil of lemon eucalyptus have proven to be most effective.
Studies suggest that mosquitoes are more drawn to deep colors such as dark blue, red, or black; therefore, wear lightly-colored clothing instead when possible.
Avoid wearing heavily scented fragrances or lotions that may be detected by mosquitoes.
Importance Of Contacting A Professional Pest Controller
Are you experiencing a problem with mosquitoes, or other troublesome and dangerous pests? Local home improvement stores and online retailers are aggressively marketing do-it-yourself (DIY) home treatment options that tend to be overhyped, yet deliver minimal results. Some of these products include concentrated sprays, traps, repellent lanterns, and other ineffective items.
The best course of action when you suspect a problem with pests is to consult with a licensed exterminator that has the training and equipment to get the job done right! A professional will also operate in a manner that ensures the safety of humans, and the local ecosystem.
Local Provider Of Pest Control Services In Sumter County
Did you know that Sumter Pest Management has more than 25 years of experience in solving pest-related concerns for both residential and commercial customers in the Sumter region? Part of our success has been attributed to our commitment to honesty, integrity, and expertise that creates positive outcomes and total customer satisfaction. We have the knowledge and tools needed to eliminate problems with ants, spiders, rodents, and a host of other bothersome and potentially harmful pests. We now also offer 24/7 emergency pest control services for those with immediate needs. Please contact our office today for a thorough interior and exterior inspection, and no-obligation estimate.