Global warming and mosquitoes are two significant threats to health in the Southeast. As the earth warms, the mosquito population is likely to increase, along with the diseases they spread. There is not much we can do about this in the short term, but you can minimize the problem for you and your family if you follow the proper systems.
The Scientific American magazine highlighted this issue back in September 2013, and nothing has changed to indicate that the problem will not continue. It will take a long time before any country reduces CO2 emissions sufficiently to slow down global warming. The international community has tried to set goals on emissions, though they have been largely unsuccessful. The hope is to slow warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, but many scientists are not so optimistic.
Based on the number of countries involved and the complexity of reducing emissions, experts believe that the best-case scenario is closer to 2.7 to 3 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Unfortunately, even that increase is enough to send the planet into a new era of altered climate and all the damage that comes with it.
Global Warming and Mosquitoes
Global temperatures and mosquitoes populations rise together. Most mosquito species become active at 50 degrees. If global warming continues, we will reach that temperature much earlier in the year than we do now. Mosquito-friendly habitats will increase, and infection rates of dengue fever, West Nile virus, chikungunya, and encephalitis will increase with them. While drought is a serious concern in many areas, not all temperature increases lead to arid conditions. They can also lead to warm, humid areas around rivers, streams, creeks, and lakes. And Atlanta is full of water sources that are a haven for mosquitoes.
Statistics show that the incidences of mosquito-borne diseases have significantly increased in the past decade. As the average world temperature increases, even by 1-2 degrees, the mosquito problem will grow with it, making our services increasingly important to residents and visitors to our city. Many Atlanta residents living close to rivers and creeks should be planning for an increased mosquito problem.
Mosquito Misting Systems and Global Warming
There are some necessary steps you can take to reduce the chances of being bitten. If you install fine-mesh screens on all doors and windows, you can reduce the chances of mosquitoes entering your home. You can also use insect repellent. Keep in mind that there are effective repellents and insecticides that don’t contain DEET, which is not as safe for children and pets as some alternatives.
Mr. Mister offers treatments that are safe for you, your family, and your pets. The first step is having your yard or garden surveyed by our technicians. We identify and remove or treat any infestation, especially in areas with standing water. These include pools, ponds, metal or plastic containers lying around your yard, or anywhere else that could hold water without drainage.
Even drains, culverts, gutters, and downspouts can be home to overwintering mosquitoes or their eggs. Eggs of some mosquito species can survive over winter, so treating them before they hatch is critical. We also spray the underside of the foliage around your home to ensure that none of the overwintering mosquitoes survive.
Global warming means that eggs will hatch mature into adults earlier than expected. It’s important to recognize this and plan accordingly. Mr. Mister can help you with your mosquito control planning. After the initial treatment—removing any existing infestation of eggs, larvae, and adults—you are ready to take another step forward toward mosquito elimination.
Automatic Mosquito Spray Systems
Our automatic mosquito spray system creates a barrier between your property and any mosquitoes trying to enter it. It operates with a series of spray nozzles, fed by pipes carrying a powerful insecticide spray. This system has two benefits.
- It eliminates any mosquitoes already in your yard when we begin treatment. That includes adults, larvae, and eggs. Your front and backyard will be clear of these insects come spring.
- It establishes a barrier to new mosquitoes entering your yard. When they first arrive, mosquitoes tend to land on the foliage around your home. The automatic mosquito spray will deal with these new arrivals and leave your home mosquito-free.
Global Warming and Mosquitoes
Global warming and mosquitoes go hand in hand. The warmer the atmosphere, the faster and earlier they will breed. The world is warming each year. You should take steps now to prevent the increase in mosquito populations from attacking you and your family. It will also reduce the likelihood of your family or pets contracting potentially fatal diseases. The Mr. Mister mosquito service can help you eliminate mosquitoes and prevent infestation and disease.
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Mr. Mister Mosquito Control
4016 Flowers Rd #400
Atlanta, GA 30360