How to Identify and Get Rid of Mosquitoes

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How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Long, warmer days in the spring and summer can mean more time to enjoy the outdoors. And unless you work to control them, mosquitoes will be waiting on you the minute you step outside. Aside from the big welts and insane itching they can cause, mosquitoes are known to carry and spread dangerous diseases that can infect you and your family.

Wearing long sleeves and insect repellent outside after dusk is a good start in protecting yourself and your family. But the best and most effective course of action is with a professional pest control service that can rid your property of mosquitoes no matter what life cycle stage it’s in.

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How to Identify Mosquitoes

There are nearly 200 types of mosquitoes that can be found in the United States, most of them are just considered biting nuisances and don’t spread germs. The ones that do spread harmful germs fall into one of three categories:

Culex Mosquitoes

Culex mosquitoes are sometimes referred to as common house mosquitoes. They are small with mostly gray, oval-shaped bodies, six legs, antennae and scales than can be white, green, silver or iridescent blue. This type of mosquito prefers warm, moist environments like lakes, ponds or marshes, but they will also use stagnant water in trash can covers, kiddie pools or bird baths to lay eggs or nest. They are most active after dusk and can transmit diseases like West Nile Virus and Western/Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Aedes mosquitoes

The largest concentration of the Aedes mosquito is found in the southern half of the United States. But since they are considered invasive, they are often found all over the country. They are small, about the size of the head of a pencil eraser and have black and white striped bodies. They are active during the day and thrive on human blood. Like all mosquitoes they love stagnant water and lay eggs in places like used tires or flower pots. Aedes mosquitoes spread dangerous and deadly virus like Zika, yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya.

Anopheles Mosquitoes

The Anopheles mosquito is often referred to as the malaria mosquito because it’s known to transmit the disease. This mosquito can also cause heartworms in dogs. They are usually black or dark brown in color with spotted wings. When they land on you, they rest and feed at a 45-degree angle. Anopheles mosquitoes are active from dusk until dawn and prefer humid, marshy areas, but any stagnant water will do.

​Preventing Mosquito Infestations

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, so you will find large populations of them near lakes, ponds or marshes. But they can breed in standing water that’s no more than a half inch deep, so it’s important that you make sure you get rid of anything that holds water in and around your property. Inspect the area around your home, especially after it rains and empty any type of container that is holding water. Pool covers, unused tires, kiddie pools, birdbaths and flowerpots are all attractive mosquito breeding grounds.

Female mosquitoes breed continuously and need a blood meal to lay fertile eggs, so they are always looking for a human to feed on. Most mosquito types are active from dusk until dawn, so stay inside whenever possible to avoid getting bit. If you are outside, protect your skin with insect repellent and by wearing long sleeves and pants.

The most effective way to get rid of mosquitoes is with professional pest control services, but there are some other ways to make yourself and your property less attractive to them.

  • Run a small fan on your porch outside. Mosquitoes aren’t strong flyers so the force from the fan can keep them away.
  • Mosquito zappers attract mosquitoes with heat and carbon dioxide and will kill them when they get too close. Zappers can be bought online and at home improvement stores.
  • Citronella candles and torches repel mosquitoes. Planting lemongrass around your property is also an effective way to keep mosquitoes away.
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Getting Rid of Mosquitoes in Your House

Treatment Methods for Mosquitoes

Treating for and getting rid of mosquitoes for good is not usually something you can do on your own, especially if you live in an area where there is a high concentration of them. At Ehrlich, we are highly trained and effective at ridding your property of mosquitoes. Give us a call to schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you and one of our licensed technicians will arrive to determine the best, personalized plan for your problem.

Step 1: Free Inspection

Our pest control technicians will thoroughly inspect your property and find the areas where mosquitoes are breeding. Our comprehensive inspections are free. We will take all the time we need to ensure we don’t miss anything that could cause a pest control issue.

Step 2: Customized Plan

Our mosquito experts will recommend a treatment plan for you based on their findings. At that time, you will receive a price quote for our services, and we will answer any questions you may have.

Step 3: Protection and Prevention

Our treatments include methods that will eliminate adult mosquitoes, as well as larvae that haven’t developed yet. We focus on treating and eliminating mosquitoes in all stages of their life cycle.

Treatment plans may include:

  • Ehrlich professionals will use the latest technology and tools to create a mosquito-free barrier around your home. We focus on areas where adult mosquitoes rest during the day and apply liquid treatment to rid your property of the pest.
  • We use an effective mosquito adulticide that is applied through the use of a power sprayer or mist blower. It kills mosquitoes when they make contact with treated surfaces and repels them for several weeks.
  • Our pest control professionals share information with local health departments and governments about the number and types of mosquitoes we find in areas we treat. This helps local municipalities decide the best places to incorporate their mosquito control efforts.

Professional Mosquito Treatment

Ehrlich’s mosquito experts work hard to ensure we get rid of the mosquito threat on your property. We don’t just focus on adult mosquitoes; we have special treatments that target the larvae and eggs found in small areas of water. Our technicians will treat retention ponds, ditches, pool areas, puddles or other places where water may naturally stand on your property.

Spring and summer are when the threat of mosquitoes is considered to be the highest, but it’s important to treat for them all year long. Ehrlich provides effective year-round treatment that allows you to get outside at the first sign of warmer weather with no concern about being bitten by a mosquito. Call us today for your free inspection. Let’s work together to make your yard a mosquito-free zone.

Ehrlich’s Mosquito Services

Whatever pest control issue you may have, Ehrlich is here to help. Our pest control specialists are highly trained, licensed and certified professionals who use the latest technology, treatment and tools to eliminate your current problems and prevent future infestations. We have been protecting homes and businesses from pests since 1928 – we’d be honored to protect yours too.