Here in the Carolinas we enjoy a climate that would be the envy of many other parts of the country. But with that comfort comes some very unique pest control demands that are specific to our region. Nelon-Cole trains our technicians extensively on how to deal with the unique challenges to Carolina homeowners. One of those challenges, mosquitos, warrants some education to our customers.
Any such observations should start with the knowledge that there isn't just one type of mosquito that can be found in the Carolinas - there are many varieties and species, each with their unique challenges and dangers. Lets take a look as some of the more common types that are found here -
Aedes Vexans: This mosquito species is prevalent in the coastal regions of the Carolinas. It is brown in color and is commonly found near wetlands and marshes. Although it is not a significant transmitter of diseases, it can still be an annoyance to humans and animals.
Anopheles Quadrimaculatus: This species is found throughout the Carolinas and is the primary carrier of malaria in the region. It is a brown-colored mosquito with four distinct spots on its wings.
Culex Pipiens: This mosquito species is found throughout the Carolinas and is commonly known as the northern house mosquito. It is a brown mosquito with white stripes on its legs. Culex pipiens is a known carrier of several diseases, including West Nile virus and encephalitis.
Psorophora Columbiae: This mosquito species is commonly found in the coastal regions of the Carolinas. It is a large, brown mosquito with white bands on its legs. Although it is not a significant transmitter of diseases, it can still be an annoyance to humans and animals.
Uranotaenia Sapphirina: This species is found throughout the Carolinas and is commonly known as the shiny mosquito. It is a small, black mosquito with a shiny blue or green iridescence. Uranotaenia sapphirina is not a significant transmitter of diseases.
DANGERS OF MOSQUITO BITES
While the most common pain of mosquito bites is relegated to itching and irritation, there are some considerable health risks that should be known when dealing with mosquitos. Perhaps the most significant danger of mosquito bites is the risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases. Mosquitos can transmit a variety of diseases, including malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, Zika virus, and West Nile virus. These diseases can cause symptoms ranging from mild to severe, and in some cases, can be fatal. Some people may experience allergic reactions to mosquito bites. In most cases, the reaction is mild and will cause swelling, redness, and itching around the bite site. However, in some rare cases, an allergic reaction can be severe and lead to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition.
Mosquito bites can also lead to secondary infections. When a mosquito bites, it pierces the skin and can introduce bacteria into the wound. This can lead to infections such as cellulitis, which is a skin infection that can spread quickly if left untreated. Mosquito bites can also have a significant impact on mental health. People who are repeatedly bitten by mosquitos can experience anxiety and stress, which can have a negative impact on their overall well-being. Mosquito bites can also impact outdoor activities, especially on those nice, warm, Carolina evenings. Mosquitos are most active during dawn and dusk, which can make it challenging to enjoy outdoor activities during these times. Additionally, people may avoid outdoor activities altogether if they are concerned about the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
HOW TO CONTROL MOSQUITOS AROUND YOUR HOME
Your local Nelon-Cole pest control experts can offer professional treatment solutions to take care of mosquito problems in an easy, affordable, turn-key solution. But there are also some time-tested solutions that a motivated homeowner can do to help keep mosquitos at bay in the Carolinas.
Mosquitos breed in standing water, so the first step in controlling them is to eliminate any sources of stagnant water around your home. This includes items like bird baths, flowerpots, and other containers that can collect water. Regularly empty and clean gutters, birdbaths, and other items that can collect water. Check old bird baths, plating pots, and kids swimming pools that may be around your home.
There are several types of mosquito repellents available that can help reduce the number of mosquitos around your home. These include sprays, lotions, and citronella candles. Look for products that contain DEET, which is the most effective repellent that is proven to be safe for all users. When spending time outdoors, it is important to wear protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed-toe shoes to reduce the amount of exposed skin available to mosquitos. This is especially true if working around garden or landscape area for extended periods of time.
Mosquito nets can be effective at keeping mosquitos away while you sleep. Place nets over beds, especially if you are camping or staying in an area with a high mosquito population. Mosquito traps can be an effective way to reduce the number of mosquitos in your yard. There are several types of traps available, including propane-powered traps and electric traps. These traps work by attracting mosquitos and then trapping them, helping to prevent further interraction and also helping to control mosquito breeding.
CALL THE PROFESSIONALS
If you are unable to control the mosquito population around your home, consider hiring a professional pest control service such as Nelon-Cole, who has experience in dealing with such problems unique to the Carolinas. Our services use specialized products and techniques to reduce the number of mosquitos in your yard, and are always an affordable and family safe solution. Call 1-888-7-TheWeb and get fast, affordable, and effective treatments to ensure a healthy and happy summer! Charlotte Pest Control - Gastonia Pest Control - Asheville Pest Control - Spartanburg Pest Control - Hendersonville Pest Control - Lincolnton Pest Control