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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

Aedes albopictus

Color: Varies; Pale brown with whitish stripes across abdomen.

Size: 1/4-3/8"

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water sources such as storm drains, old tires, children's wading pools and birdbaths.

The behavioral role of odors released by mosquito hosts is poorly understood; indeed for many species it is still uncertain whether olfactory cues play a significant part in host location. Carbon dioxide induces a directed response serving to guide the mosquito towards the host. The effect of carbon dioxide is a combined effect which increases the response to convection currents close to the host and the response to odor factors at a distance. They are most active from dusk to dawn and will fly up to 14 miles for a blood meal.

Female mosquitoes suck our blood. Male mosquitoes feed on plant nectars. They can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days.

Mosquitoes are well-known to spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue fever.

Homeowners can effectively reduce the number of mosquitoes around their homes and neighborhoods by eliminating standing water where mosquitoes grow and breed.  Read the following tips.

  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed so that adult mosquitoes will not hide there in the daytime.
  • Use a fine mesh screen on top of rain barrels so that female adults cannot reach the water surface to lay eggs.
  • Screen windows, doors and other openings with mesh.
  • Change bird bath water weekly.
  • Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store them inside when not in use.  Unused backyard swimming pools may also create breeding problems.
  • Keep eaves troughs clean of leaves and debris.
  • Keep ditches, drains, and culverts clear of weeds and trash so that water will drain properly.
  • Fill in or drain low spots in your yard.
  • Old tires, cans, pails, and other water holding containers are ideal breeding sites.  Store them upside down or get rid of them.
  • Drain water from tarps or plastic sheeting which covers wood piles, boats, etc.
  • Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps with sand or concrete.
  • Keep boats/canoes covered or upside down.
  • Avoid going outdoors when and where mosquitoes are most active: during dusk or dawn.
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin whenever or wherever mosquitoes are likely to bite.

MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS AND TREATMENT FOR Mosquitoes CONTROL

Pests need food, water, and shelter. Often the problem may be solved just by removing these key items. Before even thinking about chemical pest control, it is important to be aware of Pest’s Conducive conditions & It’s Recommendations.

Pesticides can be purchased in many different forms, each form has specific uses and application methods The pesticide application method you choose depends on the nature and habits of the target pest, the properties of the pesticide, the suitability of the application equipment, and the cost and efficiency of alternative methods. Your choice is often predetermined by one or more of these factors. Follow label directions for volume recommendations and application rates based on the pest to be controlled and utilize appropriate application tips on equipment. , these application methods are for informational purposes only. To know specific applications method/s for the product you buy, please refer actual packages for complete Label Verbiage.

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