Mosquitos are not only annoying because of their itchy irritable bite, and the fact that they can ruin your backyard bar b que, but because they can be dangerous vectors. Mosquitos are considered the most dangerous creatures on earth. The diseases these blood sucking pests are capable of spreading include west nile virus ,yellow fever, encephalitis, malaria and most recently zika.
Mosquito means “little fly”. 3 species are present in Pennsylvania - culex, aedes,and anopheles. Mosquitos need water to breed . life cycles vary from 1 to several weeks depending on the species.
The first step to controlling mosquitos is to find a qualified and certified company. In Pennsylvania applicators need to be have special certification (category 16-public invertebrate pest) to treat for mosquitos. Treatment methods can include larvaciding, repelling, liquid treatments, and/or space sprays and misting. Care must be taken to choose a chemical that will not harm pollinators. Service frequency could be every three weeks throughout the summer months.
Homeowners can take the following steps to help prevent breeding on their property. Keep fresh water in bird baths, keep gutters clean and unclogged, dispose all containers that hold water, eliminate standing water.
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