Secret To Effective Mosquito Control For Your Asheville Property
June 15, 2020 - Mosquitoes
How many mosquito bites are too many? The answer is, "One." Mosquitoes might seem like relatively harmless pests, but in Asheville, NC, and elsewhere, they remain the most dangerous pest in the world.
If your house is swarming with these annoying insects, or if you find even one mosquito bite on yourself or a family member, read more on how to identify and combat these threats to your family’s safety.
Mosquito Identification Tips
Mosquitoes have a very distinct look, even for insects. You’re far more likely to see them in the air than on your skin because they bite and draw blood so quickly you might not even notice it. Mosquitoes grow anywhere between 1/10 of an inch and ½ an inch in length, though their six legs often grow longer than their bodies, making them appear much larger. These spindly arthropods also have body-length wings, two short antennae, and a long “nose” called a proboscis.
Mosquitoes don’t draw blood to attack. Female mosquitoes rely on the nourishment from blood to lay their eggs. So while all mosquitoes primarily feed on nectar or plant life, it’s the females that are ready to reproduce that bite and leave scratchy bumps.
What makes a mosquito so dangerous, then, if they’re not trying to attack? Mosquitoes are vectors to some of the most infectious diseases. These pests can pick up pathogens like malaria, West Nile, dengue fever, and Zika, then transmit these diseases to whomever they bite. While mosquito-borne diseases are much more common in African countries, there were an estimated 47,000 cases of mosquito-borne diseases in the United States in 2016.
Temporary Mosquito Relief
When homeowners start waking up with nasty mosquito bites on their arms or ankles, they usually try to combat mosquitoes on their own. Some of these tactics are effective, though none of them last long.
Effective methods for combating mosquitoes include:
- Remove standing water. This makes your property much less inviting to mosquitoes.
- Porch screens. While this won’t keep mosquitoes away from the property, it does protect a portion of your outdoors.
- Yard control. Mowing the lawn, cutting tall grasses, and trimming excess tree limbs helps remove the cool, moist spaces that mosquitoes hide in.
Common tips on the internet also include lighting tiki torches or citronella candles. However, these tips simply don’t work for mosquito control. While these pests may avoid candles or torches, they certainly won’t avoid your property. In fact, it might just drive them indoors.
Effective Mosquito Control In Asheville, NC
The best way to keep mosquitoes off your property is to contact your local pest control experts. The technicians at Noble Pest Solutions implement a safe, comprehensive prevention plan that kicks mosquitoes out and keeps it that way.
First, we clear your property of standing water and other common mosquito attractors. Second, we mist your property with a mosquito repellent and insecticide, making sure we cover all the foliage around your house where mosquitoes like to hide. Finally, we lay down mosquito traps near potential hotspots that prevent mosquitoes from escaping or reproducing. Our plan includes seasonal check-ups, though our clients are welcome to call us beforehand if they see the signs of returning mosquitoes.
This process is much more effective than DIY mosquito control because it makes your property unwelcoming to these pests for long periods of time. To learn more about our process and how to say goodbye to itchy, dangerous bug bites, reach out to the pest control experts at Noble Pest Solutions today.