Mosquito Control

 In most areas of Massachusetts you may be annoyed with mosquito’s flying around and hindering your outside experience in the evening.  Although some areas of our Bay State are more suspect-able to larger volumes of mosquitoes than others, they are certainly an unwanted pest to ruin your plans.  Mosquitoes are irritating but they also may be carriers of serious diseases.

By working together we have ways to prevent and remove mosquitoes on your property.   The best well known ways to prevent mosquito’s is to eliminate standing water around your property, prevent stagnant water from collecting in objects, checking gutters for proper drainage, keeping your lawn trimmed, moving play structures or patio equipment away from dense foliage and possible using fans to keep the air circulating where you are congregating.

If you are unsuccessful with these prevention tips we have an enhanced solution for home and business owners, we have products to help get rid of mosquitoes and offer additional techniques to keep them away from your property.  Our products removes adult and larval mosquitoes and their eggs so you can enjoy the outdoors during dusk and dawn without having to worrying about mosquito bites.

Our Integrated Pest Management Plan

 

Mosquito Bites

When a mosquito bites it injects saliva which contains an anesthetic and anticoagulant that prevent the blood from clotting in the puncture wound.  These chemicals often produce an allergic response ranging from the typical small red bump to much rarer episodes of severe systemic reactions

Mosquito aliases: Midge, Bloodsuckers etc.

While primarily a nuisance, mosquitoes represent a serious public health threat because of their ability to transmit life-threatening diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and West Nile Virus. According to the World Health Organization, there are more than one million deaths a year attributable to the diseases carried by mosquitoes.  That makes them the deadliest animal on the planet.  Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflicts humans, but they also transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to.

Mosquito carry serious diseases such as EEE

Fact: The first three stages: eggs, larva and pupa are aquatic. Therefore, the best way to prevent mosquito breeding is to remove stagnant water.

 

 

Inspection

  • We survey the property for the presence of adults and larval stages
  • We inspect the entire yard for harborage (shady areas, heavy foliage) and breeding sites (standing or stagnant water), then remove all conducive conditions.
  • We develop a control strategy based on inspection finding

Breeding Sites

  • Bird Bath
  • Clogged Rain Gutters
  • Old Tires (Discarded Tires)
  •  Kiddie Pools
  •  Flowerpots
  • Saucers Under Potted Plants
  •  Wheelbarrows/Garden Carts
  • Watering Cans/Buckets
  • Ornamental Ponds
  • Wood Piles
  • Children’s Toys
  • Tree Holes
  • Rain Barrels
  • Leaf Piles
  • Dry Wells

Unique Qualities of Common Backyard Mosquitoes

(Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus)

  • Only fly a few hundred meters from emergent sites
  •  Small container breeders
  • Lay individual eggs usually near the waterline
  •  Eggs are laid in multiple sites (skip-oviposition)
    -100-200 eggs per batch -Five batches laid in a lifetime
  •  Eggs can last for years and remain viable
  •  Active daytime biters although they will also bite at dusk and dawn

Understanding Mosquito Habits and Life Cycle

  • Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, and they can feed on multiple hosts, including but not limited to humans and pets.
  •  Females lay their eggs in water. The eggs hatch in 1 to 3 days, and the emerging larvae will go through 4 molts, which can last from 7 days to several weeks depending on environmental conditions.
  • The pupal stage (or tumbler stage) can take between 2 days or up to a few weeks. During the 4th molt, the pupal skin splits and the adult emerges.
  • While adult males primarily feed on plant nectar, females require a blood meal to produce eggs.
  • Males live for 6 to 7 days, while females live 1 to 2 months during warm weather and as long as 6 months in cold weather.

Let’s talk. We’re here to assist you with any pest concern you may have.

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