Mosquito Control

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Mosquitoes are small, parasitic, flying insects in the taxonomic order Diptera and comprising the family Culicidae. Adult females are blood feeders who must consume at least one blood meal before laying eggs. In some species, the eggs are laid just on rafts on the water. In others, they're deposited on rocks or banks just above the water line and remain dormant until the water level rises.

Although the specifics vary by species, all mosquitoes spend their childhoods as semi-aquatic larvae, during they serve a useful purpose as tasty food for fish and some reptiles and amphibians.

Larval mosquitoes spend all their time in the water and eat mainly bacteria, algae, and fungi that thrive in drainage ditches, tires, and other stagnant water. They are not fully aquatic, however: Larval mosquitoes breathe air and must periodically surface to breathe.

Mosquitoes undergo complete metamorphosis. They start their lives as eggs laid on or near water, depending on the species. They hatch as larvae and pass through four molts before entering pupation, after which they emerge as adults.

Adult male mosquitoes typically live for a week or two, but adult females can live as long as two months.

Mosquitoes and Human Health

Adult female mosquitoes are vectors of many serious diseases, of which West Nile virus, La Crosse encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, dengue fever, chikungunya, and Zika are the most common in the United States. They're also downright annoying, even when they don't make us sick.

Ideally, mosquitoes are best and most easily-treated either immediately before or shortly after they hatch. That's difficult to pull off in the real world, however, both because their exact hatch time is dependent on many factors over which we have no control; and because many mosquito species can breed in very small "bodies of water" such as buckets, birdbaths, wheelbarrows, kiddie pools, old tires, and even puddles. Consequently, it's impossible to treat all these breeding areas within the short window of opportunity during which aquatic treatment would be effective.

Mosquito Prevention and Non-Chemical Control

What we can and should do, however, is minimize the available breeding areas for mosquitoes by doing simple things like properly disposing of old tires; turning buckets, wheelbarrows, and kiddie pools upside-down when they're not in use; and changing the water in bird baths every day.

Proper exclusion is also an effective, non-chemical control measure. The most obvious examples of exclusion are keeping window screens in good condition and sealing around door and window frames. Keeping lawns mowed and shrubbery well-trimmed, as well as leveling out depressions where water can pool, are other examples of non-chemical mosquito prevention.

Dayton, Ohio Mosquito Control

When prevention alone isn't enough, Dayton Pest Control provides residential, commercial, and special-event mosquito-control services.

For homeowners and businesses who want to manage mosquito populations for the entire season, we use a variety of methods that are tailored to each property and the surrounding area. There's no one "best" way to keep mosquitoes at bay, so we really have to visit your property to come up with an effective mosquito-control plan. During this visit we'll discuss both chemical and non-chemical methods to reduce mosquito populations on your property and in your home or commercial building.

We also provide mosquito control for outdoor special events like weddings, family reunions, picnics, parties, and concerts. If you're planning an outdoor function, please contact us as well ahead of the event as possible so we can visit the location, obtain any needed permissions, and plan the best and most-effective short-term mosquito-control treatment.

Please contact us for more information about residential, commercial, or special-event mosquito control. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Apr 28, 2019 05:53:39 pm.

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Oct 03, 2018 09:12:44 pm.

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Aug 29, 2018 11:08:23 am.

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Aug 24, 2018 03:24:44 pm.

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