June 13, 2019
It’s no secret that in North Carolina, the weather warming up also means hordes of mosquitoes coming out in full force, bringing with them all sorts of nasty diseases to go with those itchy, irritating bites. That’s why it’s important to know the threat that you’re up against, with peak mosquito season already here; knowing the threat, acknowledging you might have a serious problem, and seeking out both preventative measures and mosquito control services are the only sure fire way that you can reduce the threat of mosquitoes.
Why in the Spring and Summertime?
While mosquitoes are present in North Carolina for much of the year, there’s no doubt that there’s a serious uptick in the spring and summer months; this is because many species of mosquitoes hibernate or die during the colder winter months. Mosquitoes life cycles start with water, where their eggs are laid in or near, and the warmer months provide a significant wealth of standing water for them to lay their eggs near. Aside from their eggs, the adult mosquito typically thrives in temperatures over 50 degrees, and especially thrives in temperatures over 70 degrees; this combination of ideal water access for laying eggs and larvae development, and the temperature being optimal for adult mosquitoes, makes the warm months (between late March and late October) peak mosquito season in North Carolina.
What Is the Threat?
There are dozens of different mosquito species in North Carolina (61 to be exact), but the three most common breeds are the Northern House Mosquito, the Asian Tiger Mosquito, and Eastern Saltmarsh Mosquitoes, each of which carry different worrisome diseases--West Nile Virus, La Crosse encephalitis, and eastern equine encephalitis, respectively. These diseases are serious, and if untreated for a period of time can be fatal. While disease is the most extreme of the threats mosquitoes pose, it’s by no means the only threat. There are, of course, the irritating, itchy bites that mosquitoes are most infamous for; these bites typically result in a skin reaction in the form of a white or red bump on your skin, and while annoying, are not a reason for immediate concern.
There is the possibility of a more severe reaction, which is caused by a more potent allergy to mosquito bites, known as Skeeter Syndrome. Usually found in young children, adults not previously exposed to the type of bite, and individuals with immune system disorder, Skeeter syndrome symptoms can include:
- Skin swelling and rash
- Swelling of the lymph nodes
If you or a loved one are displaying one or more of these more severe symptoms following a mosquito bite, contact your doctor.
What Can I Do to Prevent or Control Mosquitoes?
If you’re looking to keep mosquitoes off of your property, the most effective measure to take is to be sure that any standing water (within your control) is poured out as quickly as possible--that is where they breed. This goes for rain gutters, potted plants, and even parts of a lawn or deck that puddles up during rain storms. Mosquitoes breed fast so try to get rid of any standing water as quickly as you possibly can. If you have a pond on your property, there are a number and fish and bacteria that you can buy to put into your pond that naturally kill mosquitoes and their larvae.
Even if you take careful measures to keep mosquitoes at bay, there’s always a possibility that you could miss something and ultimately still find yourself with a problem. If you discover mosquito hoards at your home or business, the first thing you should do is take action in preventing bites. There are a few pretty simple ways to make yourself undesirable or unreachable to mosquitoes:
- Use secure window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house. Even if they are a threat in the outdoors, don’t give them the opportunity to move that threat indoors too. If you want to be extra cautious, you can also sleep with a mosquito net draped over your bed.
- There are a number of products that you can buy that make you smell less appealing to mosquitoes--use them. There are a ton of options out there, both human-made and natural, so do a little research based on your personal preference and take advantage of those repellents; that way, you won’t end up covered in bites after some time outside.
- Wearing the proper clothing when you’re aware of a mosquito presence can go a long way. Darker colors are more attractive to bugs like mosquitoes, so dressing in lighter colors is a smart choice; you also may want to consider wearing a long sleeve shirt and pants instead of shorts and t-shirt when you’re outdoors, although if it’s very warm out and those clothes are causing you to sweat more, sweat also attracts mosquitoes--so beware.
While these tactics are good in the short term, if mosquitoes are inhabiting your property, you’ll likely want to get rid of them for good. There are a number of services available in North Carolina that specialize in mosquito control that can do just that.
What We Can Do to Help
If you live in Western North Carolina, A-1 Pest Control has a number of mosquito treatment services available, whether you’re looking for a season-long mosquito purge or only looking to keep them away for a specific event. Our seasonal treatment covers up to 2 acres, no matter what’s in those two acres. We will treat gardens, grass, sheds, pools, playgrounds, and everything in-between; whatever falls into the 2 acre threat area, we will treat. Seasonal treatment is a multiple treatment process, and your technician will leave behind a series of recommendations to do on your property between treatments to ensure that the problem doesn’t grow in the interim periods.
If you’re specifically looking for a more isolated treatment for a single event, we also offer one-time event treatment. Your tech will ask you a few questions about the particulars of the event and the location, and from that build a plan of attack. 1-2 days before the actual event, they will then be dispatched to the location to properly treat the area and keep your event mosquito-free. Your tech provides a number of recommendations to ensure the mosquitoes stay away for this service as well--we want to ensure your safety and peace of mind whether it’s for your property throughout the entirety of peak mosquito season, or for a special event that you don’t want to see derailed by the presence of mosquitoes.