Imagine this: It’s a summer evening in Louisville, Kentucky and the temperature outside is perfect. Your family has been grilling in the backyard, and you’re ready to sit down for dinner on the patio, when all of a sudden, you’re slapping at your arm. You guessed it. Mosquitoes.
We’ve all been there. Between spraying on the bug spray to completely moving your backyard BBQ indoors, mosquitoes can quickly become the biggest source of annoyance during the warmer months of the year.
Mosquito activity normally begins when temperatures reach around 50 degrees. These pesky insects thrive in hot weather, so as the temperature begins to rise, the mosquito volume hovering around your home increases accordingly.
Where Do Mosquitoes Come From?
For the first ten days of their lifecycle, mosquitoes are spending time in water. Water is necessary for eggs to hatch into larvae, called wigglers. Wigglers feed on organic matter in stagnant water and breathe oxygen from the surface. The wigglers develop into pupae, which become partially encased in cocoons. During this time, the pupae do not feed, as they are busy developing into adult mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes typically live, breed, and make themselves welcome in and around puddles of standing water or in moist, dark areas around your home and yard. Certain land features, such as swamps, reservoirs, and retention ponds are commonly known to house mosquitoes. Other smaller bodies of standing water, such as streams, bird baths, and wheelbarrows full of rainwater, can also serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Human Health Hazards
We’re all familiar with just how hard it is to be comfortable when you’re covered in mosquito bites. Even just one or two, and you’re still suffering from severe skin irritation through an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva – this is what causes the red bump and itching.
As if the red, itchy welts they leave behind wasn’t bad enough, mosquitoes can also carry and transmit diseases, that can sometimes be life-threatening. According to the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA), over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year.
Mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as Dengue Fever, Encephalitis, and more commonly known, Malaria, West Nile Virus, and Zika Virus. As a result, mosquito control and reduction is vitally important to human health and well-being. If your Louisville, Kentucky property is prone to attracting and breeding a mosquito population, contact a professional pest control company to assess and manage the situation.
Mosquito Reduction Inspections and Treatment
If you’re noticing that you’re spending too much time swatting away these annoying insects, it’s time to take preventative measures and seek out help from a Louisville pest control management company.
At IPM Services, upon initial service, we will provide a mosquito control inspection, in order to see how we can manage the situation. We do a full, on-site survey of your property, home, and yard to determine the source of your mosquitoes.
It begins with source reduction, where we identify where the standing water on your property is coming from. This can be something simple, like clearing standing water from gutters and landscaping. In areas where this may not be an option, around lakes, ponds, and streams, for example, a more aggressive treatment plan must be put into place.
Once we locate the source, we provide mosquito control and reduction treatment. Our methods get rid of your current problem, as well as prevent mosquito larvae from maturing into the adult phase, a process called larviciding.
Mosquito insecticide is often used on a wide-scale basis to combat mosquitoes and is generally very effective. We also mist foliage, evaluate your property for standing water, and use other techniques that allow us to minimize the potential for future mosquito breeding areas.
Preventative Mosquito Management Costs
Part of keeping your mosquitoes away is making sure you take action at the first sign of potential mosquito problems. Preventative mosquito management means that your problem is first taken care of with the intent of long-term solutions in mind. At IPM Services, we work to ensure your home, yard, family, and wallet are taken care of.
For mosquito reduction, we offer two different options for mosquito spray treatment and costs. Mosquito sprays cost $50 per spray, for a normal size yard. Additional charges may apply if your yard is larger in size. If you choose to sign a service contract with us and take part in our residential pest control packages, mosquito sprays can be added to your package for only $125 per year.
Regardless of the payment plan you choose, we serve your home as quickly as possible after you call us to schedule service.
Protect Your Home and Yard With IPM Services
We’ve been serving the Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana areas for over 20 years now. Pests of any kind, even those annoying mosquitoes, don’t stand a chance against our team here at IPM Services.
Our exterminators work quickly, yet effectively to treat your home and yard, so you can continue your daily routine in peace, without any mosquitoes lurking around.
If you would like IPM Services to help you exterminate your mosquitoes, or take care of any other insect control issues, please contact us today to schedule service.
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