There’s something magical about spending the sunset hours outdoors in the summer – until mosquitos attack. These tiny parasites can ruin BBQs and picnics and send people rushing inside to fetch the bug spray. Unfortunately, when the insects finally retire for the night, you’re left with itchy bites that take days to fade. Calling pest control can help you take care of mosquitos en masse.
Mosquitos are found worldwide. They’re generally attracted to warm, humid environments, especially near natural water bodies. The females lay their eggs in stagnant water, including rain puddles, flooded flower pots, marshes, and ponds. Some mosquitoes prefer wooded areas, while others hide in grassy fields.
If you live near a park or wetland, you’re more likely to see mosquitos flying around. However, they are also well adapted to suburbia. Some species can breed in tiny water bodies, such as puddles in old tires or upturned frisbees after a storm.
They prefer shade over sunshine, so they might live in dense bushes or tree-covered areas on the edges of your property. You’ll find them underneath leaves and in overgrown grass, hiding from the heat during the day. They also like to live under decks, trampolines, and other built structures.
They also have excellent immune systems, allowing them to carry a multitude of germs without getting sick. A good example is hantavirus—a germ that can infect humans and cause severe respiratory illnesses.
You can catch this virus by breathing in air contaminated by infected rat droppings or touching them. It also spreads through rat urine and saliva, which they leave everywhere they go thanks to their constant need to gnaw. You can contract rat-bite fever or another bacterial infection if a rat bites or scratches you.
Rodents also often carry fleas – a health risk to humans and their pets.
Anopheles mosquitoes are best known for transmitting malaria, but you probably won’t come across this species often in the US. However, reports of a few isolated cases in Texas and Florida have been popping up over the last year. The southern states were once a hotspot for the disease until it was eradicated in the 1950s, thanks to the CDC’s mosquito pest control program.
Most mosquitoes you encounter in the US nowadays do not carry diseases and are only a harmless nuisance. However, a few virus-transmitting species can infect humans with other diseases, such as West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika virus. Some suburban mosquitos may carry dog heartworm—a parasite that infects canines.
You can prevent a mosquito problem by removing potential breeding areas and hiding places from your yard. During the rainy season, you’ll want to store gardening supplies, lawn decorations, and kids’ toys in a shed when you’re not using them. That way, you don’t leave water-collecting vessels out for mosquitoes to inhabit.
Ensure you trim your lawn and don’t let dense bushes grow undisturbed for too long. Mosquitoes love to hide in damp, dark places that nobody visits during the day. Other ways to prevent mosquito infestation include:
Unlike other household pests, mosquitoes can be difficult to control because they are so mobile. They don’t build physical nests, and removing them one by one is impossible. That’s why mosquito pest control companies spray all the potential places mosquitoes may land.
Exterminators apply pesticides as an ultra-fine mist that settles on plants and structures. Some of the most common places to spray for mosquitos are:
Professional-grade mosquito spray products typically contain compounds called pyrethrins. These compounds occur in nature and are found in some chrysanthemum flowers. We use the highest-quality mosquito sprays with IGR and iCAP technology at Sage Pest Control.
Insect growth regulators (IGRs) are pesticides that prevent insects from reaching maturity and reproducing. They don’t kill the insects but instead change their hormones. Using pesticides with an IGR in the mix can help you prevent future infestations. One-time professional mosquito control services will likely miss a few insects—an IGR will cover those that got away.
Agricultural tech company Syngenta patented iCap® technology, which is now a part of many professional-grade insecticides. Essentially, iCap® pesticides are microscopic capsules that break open and poison the insects in different stages. Larger capsules are made to withstand UV exposure, breaking open slowly for a slow release of pesticides that keep working weeks after spraying.
Dealing with mosquitoes is part of life, especially when living in a warm, humid area like North Carolina. Their reproduction cycle is only about two weeks, so you must spray more than once a summer to keep them away for good. When the weather is ideal, mosquitoes can hatch, grow, and lay eggs in as little as four days!
Pesticides don’t last forever, either. UV rays from the sun cause them to degrade over time, making them less effective on new insect populations that enter the original spray zone. The best way to manage mosquitoes long-term is to spray once a month during summer and treat water bodies for larvae throughout winter.
We offer professional mosquito spraying as a standalone service for North Carolina homeowners and commercial building managers. Our pricing depends on the size of your property—the more space, the more spray it will take to keep mosquitoes under control.
We only offer 12-month service contracts and no once-off treatments. This way, we can help you manage the entire lifecycle of mosquitoes year-round. All our mosquito control services come with a one-year warranty, and we charge monthly. Please contact us for more detailed pricing.
Existing Sage customers can add mosquito control to their general pest control contracts at a discounted rate!
Spraying mosquitoes with pesticides can affect other bugs that call your backyard home. While most of us wouldn’t mind catching a few caterpillars and beetles in the process, that sentiment changes when it comes to bees. Honey bees pollinate plants and are essential to our food systems.
At Sage, we take additional precautions during mosquito treatments to reduce harm to pollinating insects like bees and butterflies. We won’t spray flowering shrubs but focus on grasses, groundcovers, and trees. Chat with us about spraying your yard during sunset when bees are not actively foraging for food to protect the little pollinators from accidental harm.
If you have an active hive on your property, you may want to pursue professional bee removal before mosquito pest control.
Mosquitoes are not choosy when it comes to zip codes. They have adapted to live in cities and suburban areas as much as in rural settlements. We offer mosquito control services in all major
centers of North Carolina, including Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Asheboro, Durham, Garner, and Concord. Click here for the complete list of suburbs we service.
We also control mosquitos in resorts, restaurants, hotels, parks, golf courses, and outdoor shopping districts. You will likely find mosquitoes if your property is near a natural water source! Let us take care of them with long-lasting professional pest control.
There’s nothing more annoying than the high-pitched hum of a hungry mosquito on the move. Sage Pest Control Services will keep your backyard mosquito-free throughout the year so you can enjoy family time outside. We can also help you spray outdoor areas before garden parties and el fresco weddings to prep the area for your guests.