Mosquitoes buzzing around you and your guests is the quickest way to turn a summer night cookout from great to miserable. There are over 3,000 species of these pesky, buzzing parasites, with 170 different species found throughout the United States. Not only do mosquito bites itch for days on end, but they may also carry one of many dangerous diseases, including West Nile virus and yellow fever.
This summer, Mosquito Elite Pest Control wants your yard to be your safe haven. Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your evenings! Our expert technicians formulate customer-specific plans to rid your home and yard from pests. Call today to request your free inspection.
What Are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are small, flying insects who vary from ¼ to ⅜ of an inch long, depending on how recently they last fed. They also vary in color depending on species, though typically most are gray with white, silver, green, or blue iridescent scales. Mosquitoes are parasites who feed on human blood, most active during dawn or dusk, and in humid environments.
These pests are not only annoying, but potentially dangerous as well. Mosquitoes may carry West Nile virus, dengue, yellow fever, encephalitis, and tularemia. While Zika virus and malaria are not local to the U.S., outbreaks do occur due to travelers.
Mosquito Habits & Habitats To Know
Mosquitoes are attracted to properties with standing water, where female mosquitoes lay up to 300 eggs. If your home is buzzing with mosquitoes, inspect the area around your home and yard for sources or potential sources of standing water. Any laid eggs will age to hungry, adult mosquitoes in approximately two weeks, making it critical that concerned homeowners act quickly.
Mosquito Elite recommends overturning containers that collect rainwater, frequently changing birdbath water, and regularly inspecting your gutters to make sure they are clear. Homeowners should also make sure their lawn is draining completely. No matter if you’ve found mosquito eggs laid around your property already or not, if you are experiencing an overwhelming volume of mosquitoes on your Virginia Beach property, the best response is to enlist professional help.
Call Mosquito Elite Pest Control for a free estimate, and a happier home, today!
Preventing Mosquito Bites In Your Virginia Beach Paradise
Mosquitoes are most common in warm, moist environments — meaning those with properties close to marshes, ponds, or lakes are more likely to find mosquitoes buzzing about. If you are worried about mosquitoes crashing your next outdoor gathering, Mosquito Elite Pest Control recommends the following to avoid being bitten:
Douse yourself with insect repellent instead of perfume. Mosquitoes may also be attracted to the sweet smell of some alcohols.
Wear long sleeves and pants when spending long amounts of time outdoors. Light-colored clothing is also effective in repelling mosquitoes.
Avoid spending time outdoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
Small fans may keep mosquitoes away if you are gathering outdoors, as mosquitoes are not strong flyers.
If you have an excess of mosquitoes on your property, call a professional, licensed pest control service to best advise you on how to solve your particular infestation.
Serving Virginia Beach For Over 20 Years
Mosquito Elite Pest Control is a veteran-owned, family company that has been serving the surrounding Virginia Beach area for more than 20 years. If you are experiencing pest problems of any kind in your home or yard, call Mosquito Elite Pest Control for a free estimate. Our expert technicians will come to your home to make a plan specifically for your concerns, and leave you feeling happier and safer in no time.