Mosquito Control FAQs
When are mosquitoes most likely to attack?
Time of day: dusk and dawn. Time of year: summer.
Since mosquitoes prefer darker environments, they are most active as the sun rises and as it sets. That’s why you tend to get more mosquito bites when having dinner outdoors and during early-morning exercise. In seasonal terms, like most creatures, mosquitoes breed and thrive when the weather is warm. They’re also attracted to heat, making summer the ideal time for survival.
Are mosquito bites really dangerous?
They can be. While the deadly diseases that have made mosquitoes famous (Malaria, Dengue, Yellow Fever) are more prevalent in other nations, this pest’s ravages have crossed the globe in the form of West Nile Virus and its associated complications, encephalitis and meningitis. The first outbreak occurred in New York City in 1999, but quickly spread across the U.S. and into Canada and Latin America. In 2012, the virus killed 286 people in the U.S.
Mosquitoes may remain nothing more than annoyance to most people, but the chance of contracting this endemic disease is growing. That’s why it’s important to continue using good mosquito protection techniques and always look for signs of adverse reactions in yourself and others when bitten.
Mosquitoes are a big problem in my backyard, but I can’t tell where they’re coming from. How do I find the source?
Anywhere you have standing water, you could have a mosquito breeding ground. Try to think of hidden bodies of water: flower pots, gutter downspouts, low-lying areas (particularly with tall grass), below sheds, in crawl spaces, abandoned tires and overturned children’s toys. These are prime areas for mosquitoes to reproduce – and they do so rapidly, so empty this water frequently.
They could also be coming from your neighbor’s yard. That’s why effective mosquito control is a community-wide effort. One person’s negligence impacts the rest of the neighborhood. Set a good example by cleaning up your own yard and encourage your neighbors to do the same. Also consider talking to your homeowners association or community leaders about a mosquito control board, or start one yourself.
During your mosquito control treatment, your specialist will treat mosquito breeding sources and help you eliminate them.
I’m worried about the chemicals in traditional mosquito repellents and treatments. Do I have other options?
Yes. All-natural mosquito repellents are now sold at most retailers. These products are made with naturally-occurring substances like geraniol, oil of lemon eucalyptus, cinnamon and lavender. The CDC has also approved the use of Picaridin as a safe and effective synthetic ingredient in mosquito repellents, but since it’s relatively new, no studies on long-term health effects are available.
The mosquito control methods used by professionals are also safe for your family and pets. We use only EPA-certified treatments, and offer all-natural treatments using misters and diffusers.