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Protect Your Family from Mosquitoes!
Mosquitoes Are the Number 1 Killer
The female mosquito is the leading transmitter of diseases in our world. Vector-borne mosquito diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases!
There are around 1 million deaths each year because of the mosquito. Reports track 300 to 500 million Malaria cases each year and on average a child dies from Malaria every 30 seconds. Mosquito diseases are a serious topic.
This is a humbling statistic when compared to Humans who kill 475,000 people a year or sharks who kill 10 people a year. How many news reports do you see for mosquito control compared to shark attack reports or murder reports?
The West Nile Virus is the virus most Texans are concerned about when it comes to Mosquitoes. In 2016 there were 2,000 cases of West Nile in America with 353 cases in Texas. Of those cases, 94 people died (16 deaths in Texas).The best way to prevent your family from contracting West Nile is to reduce the population of mosquitoes around your house. Here are some of the best practices we recommend.
The Mosquito Life Cycle
Below is the full life cycle of the Asian Tiger Mosquito:
- Adult, female mosquitoes lay eggs on the inner, wet walls of containers with water, above the waterline.
- Eggs stick to container walls like glue. They can survive drying out for up to 8 months. Mosquito eggs can even survive a winter in the southern United States.
- Larvae emerge from mosquito eggs and spend their lives under water.
- Larvae are active and often called “wigglers.”
- Pupae also live under water.
- An adult mosquito emerges from the pupa and flies away.
- Adult female mosquitoes bite people and animals. The female mosquito needs blood to produce eggs.
- After feeding, female mosquitoes look for water sources to lay eggs.
Chemical Free Ways to Reduce Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are naturally weak fliers. The Male Mosquito doesn’t fly more than 100 feet from the breeding ground while the female mosquito can travel up to half a mile for her blood meal. This is important because most of the mosquitoes you experience in your backyard are bred in your yard. In your front yard you may experience less results due to your neighbor’s yard. Follow these steps to reduce the possibility of mosquitoes breeding around your house.
- Overturn empty flower pots to prevent breeding grounds
- Maintain swimming pools to reduce stagnant, untreated water
- Aerate birdbaths and keep stagnant water from pooling for long periods of time (more than 1-2 days)
- Clean gutters routinely which removes leaves and water buildup (perfect breeding ground for the Asian Tiger)
- Clean pet dishes every day
- After rainy days ensure there is no holes in your yard that retain water
Reducing Mosquitoes With Chemicals
There are hundreds of chemicals on the market that help with every type of bug out there. We recommend three chemicals when it comes to controlling mosquitoes. Two of them are administered through yard treatments by trained Pest Control companies but the third is a product you can buy at the store.
You can buy a can of DEET at just about any store around you. This chemical is a great product that repels mosquitoes and protects your families from bites.
This product is not as useful against the Asian Tiger Mosquito which is known to bite through DEET but it does work well on the other 85 species that inhabit Texas.
Talstar is a product that is used in Yard Treatments. This product repels mosquitoes which prevent them from coming near your yard. If the mosquito comes near your yard anyways this product will kill them upon contact.
The final product is NyGuard. This product is a growth regulator that is specifically designed to combat the Asian Tiger. We apply this product to the underside of your plants and use the male mosquito to transfer it back to the breeding ground. Male Mosquitoes do not bite. They are nectar feeders that provide food for the larva. Our goal is to have them pick up NyGuard from your plants and take it back to the breeding site. Once the breeding site is sterilized none of the larva will ever pupate and become adult mosquitoes.
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