As the mosquito problem in the Southeast continues to be of grave concern to people, it is important to know one’s way around the necessary preventative measures. Mosquito treatment services have become widely popular in Atlanta because of their effectiveness and convenience. Mr. Mister’s offered solution is 100% biodegradable and the system is custom-made, with manual settings as well as automatic misting to ensure your garden is completely free of all bugs and pests. And while nothing is a replacement for this, there are certainly additional steps that can be taken to further minimize the problem.
Mosquito Eggs, Larvae and Sanitation
The life cycle of a mosquito is such that the maturation period can be anywhere from 2 days to a month. In addition some mosquito eggs, once laid, can survive subzero winters before they hatch. Even damp soil – which you might water later while gardening – is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. This must be taken note of because it makes it important for mosquito treatment plans to be long-term arrangements and for us to continuously keep our surroundings clean, for fear of a few dozen eggs escaping notice and hatching when we are not expecting them.
The larva is the second stage of a mosquito’s life cycle. Some larvae attach to leaves or plants to obtain their air supply, while others rest on water surfaces. This makes foliage, the underside of leaves as well as grass and soil in the garden primary targets when thinking of elimination.
It is always a good idea to make sure no rubbish or garbage heap is lying around the house. These heaps provide favorable conditions in themselves, especially as your kitchen leftovers or moist vegetable peels are perfect decaying organic matter for the larvae to feed on.
Make sure there is no standing water anywhere around the house. All water tanks should be covered and any gardening tools like watering cans or buckets should be completely dry and devoid of water.
If your garden has a pond or your house is near a body of water, it is best to make sure that the water is sprayed with mosquito repellent. But a healthier alternative might be to keep goldfish, which feed on mosquito larvae.
DIY Mosquito Traps
The internet is littered with tips on how to use CO2 emission traps to lure and trap mosquitoes. All this simple method involves is a soda bottle container, some sugar syrup and active dry yeast. Since mosquitoes are attracted to the CO2 we breathe out, setting these traps some distance away from where you normally sit outside your house, and away from your doorways, is a great way to trap the female mosquitoes. These are the biters and lay the eggs so trapping them is a sure-fire way to reduce the mosquito population in the future.
Another method which has been used time and again is the mosquito net. The net can be draped around your bed, so that it touches the floor on all sides, leaving no room for any pests to get in and whine about your head and can also be used for outdoor hammocks. It is important to make sure the net has no holes in it. This method is particularly useful to cover your pet dog’s kennel as mosquitoes are capable of transmitting the roundworm which, if the mosquito bites your pet, can cause the dog heart-worm disease. Once infected, this disease can be controlled using pills and injections but cannot be completely eliminated.
Using dry ice is another way to keep mosquitoes at bay. Dry ice emits carbon dioxide and the same principle as the CO2 emission traps is applied here. Dry ice can be kept in containers around the house, but the only disadvantage is that it does not last very long.
Mosquito Control In Atlanta
Due to the humid temperatures in Atlanta and in Georgia in general. the mosquito population comes as no surprise. The region is subject to moderate to heavy rainfall and especially in the summer months of June and July, the warm and damp atmosphere creates the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed.
With the approaching threat of the Zika Virus, and existing threats of the West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue, it is imperative that the growth in mosquito population is not only controlled but that the overall population is eliminated. Research has shown that while some animals, especially fish, do feed on mosquito larvae, there is no significant indication that the population’s suppression will negatively impact the ecosystem. This leaves the path clear for your decision.
The most effective manner for prevention of these diseases in the region, is to employ reliable mosquito treatment services. Mr. Mister’s services are environment friendly and there are no harmful chemicals or toxins released into your garden that you or your children could inhale. Learn more about Mr. Mister in our FAQ section.
Tips to Minimize Mosquito Breeding: Summary
Wearing mosquito repellant and using quick fixes like mosquito nets and traps, while effective, are no longer enough to ensure complete protection from the threats mosquitoes pose to us. They are no longer just whiney nuisances and are rather the carriers of a handful of grave diseases and must be handled as pathogenic creatures.