Why is Atlanta the worst city in the US for mosquitoes? Or, from the mosquitoes’ perspective, why is Atlanta so attractive to them? Why does Atlanta need more mosquito control than any others in the USA? This is a fairly easy question to answer, because it is due to a combination of geography and climate. They don’t get so many mosquitoes in Scotland – midges by the millions, but not so many mosquitoes. Sometimes none at all!
That’s because the Scottish climate is much colder than that in Atlanta. They have just as much water, in fact more, but mosquitoes tend not to breed there. They breed in Atlanta because it is warm and there is plenty of water. Let’s have a look at Atlanta’s water supply.
Atlanta Lakes and Other Water Sources
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, and mosquitoes spend their larval stage in water. Also, they tend not to fly more than between 1 and 3 miles from where the hatch. Therefore, consider your yard at risk if you live within 1-3 miles of a natural water source. That covers a huge percentage of area in and around metro Atlanta. Think of where your nearest river, creek or lake is and if that’s no more than 3 miles away then you are liable to mosquito attack. Without adequate mosquito control you will be eaten alive!
Marshland and other standing water is most at risk, although mosquitoes will also breed in slow moving water or even in small depressions in the ground around rivers. An example is the Chattahoochee River running through Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties. The Nancy Creek River and Big Creek supply mosquitoes to Buckhead and Alpharetta. Peachwater Creek supplies Atlanta with mosquitoes, while Sweetwater and Slope Creeks supply Austell and Marietta respectively.
All Metro Atlanta is Mosquito Prone
To be honest, there is practically nowhere in metro Atlanta that is not within 3 miles of a water source. The same is true of many areas of Scotland and Norway, but they have few mosquitoes and absolutely no mosquito control. Why?
The difference is climate. Along with the water you must have heat. The average high and low July temperatures in Scotland are 63F and 49F while the corresponding Atlanta temperatures are 89F and 71F – and that’s why Atlanta gets all the mosquitoes and Scotland gets none.
Heat and water equals mosquitoes anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, you cannot control either of these environmental conditions so you must control mosquito access to your skin! There are several mosquito control systems you can use for that. You can spray yourself with insecticide – do you really want to do that? Many insecticides are harmful to your kids – and also to you – so what’s the alternative?
Atlanta Mosquito Control Systems
Our Atlanta mosquito control systems are designed to do three things: a) Remove any mosquitoes present, b) Remove places where mosquitoes can breed, and c) Prevent new mosquitoes from entering you yard.
Each of these three is essential if you are to be confident of doing all you can to protect your family from potentially very dangerous mosquito bites. Very few untrained people can do this themselves. Sure, they may try, but they wonder why they still have mosquitoes appearing.
Did you check the cracks at the bottom of your walls where they meet the ground? Mosquitoes can breed there. Did you check spaces in your brickwork on your home or any walls surrounding your yard? Mosquitoes can breed there. How about around your drains or guttering? Mosquitoes can breed there. In fact mosquitoes can even breed in your cellar if it’s damp! You need the experts for this job”
Mosquito Misting Systems
Even if you do remove mosquitoes from your yard, and clear up everywhere they can breed, how do you stop new insects from getting into your yard? Mosquitoes will fly 3 miles to get to your yard. That’s why we mentioned all the areas of Atlanta above!
Call Mr. Mister and we will set up a mosquito misting system. This is series of automatic sprays, fed by means of a piping system, that will send out a fine mist or spray around the perimeter of your yard. This will stop mosquitoes getting in. Once you have expelled them they must stay expelled, and a mosquito misting system does that!
Atlanta Mosquito Control Basics
So, if you live in Atlanta – anywhere in Metro Atlanta – and you have a mosquito problem, then call Mr. Mister. We will clear out your yard of mosquitoes, we will remove, block and treat anywhere they like to breed and then, if you wish, we will set up an automatic mosquito misting system that will stop any more mosquitoes entering your yard.
The mosquito misting system will also complete the removal of any we have missed first time – nobody is perfect, but Mr. Mister is more perfect than most!! Atlanta mosquito control and mosquito misting is our business and our livelihood – so we are good at it!