With yet another year out of the way and 2018 fully arrived, the winter season is in full swing. This means yet another year of mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they carry, especially in the South East.
Thankfully, with cooler temperatures, mosquitoes aren’t much of an issue as of yet. However, in order to prevent an onslaught of mosquito bites and running the risk of contracting an illness, you should be seizing this time of year as an opportunity to prepare your home and yard for the upcoming mosquito-season.
Unfortunately, most folks simply don’t have the time to deal with mosquito control or lack the proper understanding of the dangers these flying pests pose to them and their families. This can lead to most avoiding doing the necessary work to protect their properties from mosquitoes, leaving them vulnerable to the real threats they represent. After all, mosquitoes are known as the deadliest animals on earth, and for good reason.
This is why it’s important to learn everything you can about preventing mosquito populations in your community and in your yard. Luckily, at Mr. Mister, our mosquito control professionals have extensive knowledge when it comes to preventing mosquitoes in your yard, and we’re here to give you some tips on how you can prepare your property during the winter in order to properly ward off any disease-carrying mosquitoes in the future.
Understanding The Dangers Of Mosquitoes
As we mentioned before, mosquitoes have been identified as the most dangerous animals on earth. For some, this may sound like a shocking fact, considering other animals — such as lions, bears, and rattle snakes — are commonly known to be ferocious.
With that said, what makes mosquitoes so much more deadly than other animals is their abundance throughout the world. This makes the likelihood of encountering a mosquito significantly higher, as opposed to a grizzly bear, which would be a rare occurrence.
What’s more? Mosquitoes can carry a myriad of diseases, all of which range from causing minor sickness to even death. In order to understand the dangers mosquitoes pose, let’s explore some of the most common mosquito-borne illnesses:
Zika Virus –
By far the most known mosquito-carried disease — especially recently — is Zika Virus. This disease started in Uganda over 3 decades ago and has since made its way to parts of North America, including the United States.
The illness itself — which is carried by the aedes aegypti species of mosquito — when contracted can lead to flu-like symptoms. However, Zika is extremely risky for pregnant women as it can lead to a horrific birth defect called microcephaly.
Microcephaly occurs to the fetus in utero and can cause the babies’ skull to collapse. This is why the CDC has strongly advised pregnant women to avoid traveling to areas with a known Zika outbreak.
West Nile Virus –
West Nile often gets forgotten about (mainly due to Zika’s recent outbreak) and many seem to be under the impression that the illness isn’t even prevalent any longer. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t true, and the virus itself is still a problem in parts the United States.
Unfortunately, West Nile is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne illnesses due to the fact that it typically presents no symptoms in those that contract it. This means most aren’t even aware they have West Nile and, thus, aren’t able to get it treated properly by a doctor before it becomes severe and fatal.
Dengue Fever –
Likely the most painful among all mosquito-transmitted illnesses is Dengue Fever. While this illness is rare to contract (with only 20,000 known cases in the U.S. per year) if you do happen to contract Dengue you’re going to be in extreme pain.
Dengue symptoms include high fever, rash, along with severe muscle and joint pain which can cause difficulties with walking and moving. Thus, Dengue Fever is an extremely debilitating mosquito-borne illness that can truly affect your way of life.
In more serious cases — when the illness is left untreated, for example — Dengue can lead to intense bleeding and shock, which can be fatal.
Typical treatment for Dengue fever includes over the counter pain relievers (such as ibuprofin) and fluids. In extreme cases, however, those who contract the illness will need to be hospitalized to prevent it from becoming deadly.
Now that you know just some of the most common mosquito-transmitted illnesses, you can take the necessary steps to better prepare your yard for preventing these pests at the start of the spring season.
Considering Professional Mosquito Control Practices
While most will simply take a trip to their local box store to purchase a can of mosquito-repellent and call it a day, this method — along with other commonly used mosquito repelling products — are inefficient at keeping mosquitoes away.
What’s worse, most repellents contain dangerous chemicals, such as DEET that can cause skin irritation for you and your family members. Mosquito-repelling candles also contain chemicals and only repel mosquitoes for a small period of time in one designated area. This means whenever you’re outside of this area you’re still at risk for mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.
Instead, you should seriously consider implementing professional mosquito control methods on your property, such as the options we offer at Mr. Mister.
This will ensure your yard is properly protected from mosquitoes year-round and will give you peace of mind whenever you and your family spend time outdoors. Here are some of the methods we offer for professional mosquito control in Atlanta:
ClearZone Mosquito Misting Service –
At Mr. Mister, we understand how important keeping you and your family safe from dangerous mosquitoes is, which is why we offer such a wide range of convenient, yet effective, mosquito control solutions for your home.
One of our most popular options for mosquito control is our ClearZone mosquito misting service, which provides your yard with periodic treatments (carried out by a team of our mosquito control experts) to create a mosquito-free barrier around your yard.
ClearZone is by far one of the easiest mosquito control services on the market and is extremely simple to order and have done. The process starts by ordering ClearZone on our website. Once you’ve booked a day and time for your yard to be treated, we send a team of professionals to your home and in the following three weeks you and your entire family can simply enjoy the outdoors. Then, our team of mosquito control experts returns for another treatment.
ClearZone (as with all of our mosquito control solutions) utilizes our 100% biodegradable mosquito misting spray, which sticks to the underside of foliage and outdoor furniture to eradicate any existing mosquitoes and the larvae. This means your yard will be protected now and in the future from any mosquito activity.
Automatic Mosquito Misting Systems –
If you want more control over your mosquito control solutions, then you’ll want to consider having one of our automatic mosquito misting systems installed in your yard.
These systems utilize specially designed nozzles, which treat your yard daily — during the times of the day when mosquitoes are most active. This ensures your yard is constantly receiving the proper amount of treatment to make your property mosquito-free 24/7.
What’s more? Unlike similar options from other mosquito control companies, you don’t have to worry about our automatic misting systems interfering with the look of your yard. Your system will be designed specifically to fit your yard, allowing it to be installed discreetly along fencing and behind foliage.
Another fantastic reason to choose an automatic mosquito misting system from Mr. Mister is the fact that you can also choose what times of the day your yard receives treatment as each system comes with its very own remote control. This allows you to treat your yard on-demand during times when your family and pets are not outdoors, making our systems one of the safest on the market.
The best part about choosing to have one of our automatic misting systems installed in your yard is the fact that Mr. Mister offers a lifetime warranty on your entire system including parts and labor. This means you’ll never have to worry about repairing or replacing your system in the future.
Professional Gutter Cleaning In Atlanta –
In addition to our main mosquito control solutions, Mr. Mister also offers professional gutter cleaning services.
While you may not think gutter cleaning is an important aspect of keeping mosquitoes away from your yard, it’s actually more useful than you think, especially when it comes to avoiding mosquito-breeding.
Gutters that are dirty and full of debris and standing water make for the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. As soon as the female mosquito feeds on a human, she searches for the closest source of standing water to hatch her eggs. This is when new mosquitoes are created and become the disease-carrying pests that can wreak havoc on you and your family.
With professional gutter cleaning in Atlanta from Mr. Mister, your gutters never turn into a source for mosquito breeding which can further protect your property from these dangerous pests and decrease the overall mosquito population in your immediate area, which is sure to make both you and your neighbors extremely happy.
Additional Winter Mosquito Control Practices For Your Yard
While you need a main mosquito control solution — like the methods we offer at Mr. Mister — in order to effectively keep mosquitoes away from you and your family, there are a few tasks you can carry out to help keep mosquitoes at bay even more.
Keep in mind, these tasks are more for preventing mosquitoes from breeding on your property than actually controlling existing mosquitoes in your area.
Eliminating Sources Of Standing Water In Your Yard –
As we mentioned, standing water is the ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. However, gutters aren’t the only possible source of standing water on your property.
There are many additional items that could be scattered around your yard right now that could also be the perfect place for a mosquito to lay her eggs. These items include old tires, kiddy swimming pools, toys, and even dog houses.
In order to keep mosquitoes from breeding in your yard, it’s important to eliminate these items before the spring season begins. This will avoid a new population of mosquitoes from ever existing in your yard.
If you can’t remove any items that could be potential sources of standing water, it’s important to keep these items clean and dry on a consistent basis.
Educating Your Neighbors On The Importance Of Proper Mosquito Control –
Beyond implementing proper mosquito control methods in your own yard, you should also focus on educating your neighbors on both the dangers of mosquitoes and the best ways to keep them away.
This will bring your local community closer and will put you a step closer to living in a mosquito-free area, which is a massive goal here at Mr. Mister. You can begin by discussing the myriad of diseases mosquitoes carry with your neighbors in addition to the ineffectiveness of typical and cheap mosquito repellents.
Not only will your neighbor appreciate your guidance because you’ll be keeping their yard mosquito-free, but they’ll also appreciate your care for their family’s health.
Finding Effective Mosquito Control In Atlanta
Now that you’re aware of the importance of keeping mosquitoes away from your yard, and the mosquito control solutions available for you, it’s time to find the best mosquito control company in Atlanta.
At Mr. Mister, we’ve been serving Atlanta and surrounding communities for years with the best in at-home mosquito control. Our reputation is bar-none and built on our dedication to creating a mosquito-free Atlanta. Our company is dedicated to providing Atlanta families the peace of mind they deserve whenever they’re outdoors; knowing mosquitoes and the diseases they carry aren’t something they need to worry about.
To learn more about any of our effective mosquito control solutions in Atlanta, contact Mr. Mister today. Or visit our testimonials page to see what some of our existing customers are saying about their experience with Mr. Mister and how we’ve changed their lives for the better.