Q: Where do mosquitoes come from?
A: Mosquitoes breed in standing water, where the adults lay their eggs and the larvae hatch and develop. Because mosquitioes must have water to complete their life cycle, treating sources of water is important to prevent the larvae from becoming breeding, biting, and potentially disease-carrying adults.
Q: Are the mosquitoes I see on my property from places on my property?
A: In general, yes. Most mosquitoes you see are from your property or your neighbors. Mosquitoes usually stay close to the area where they developed into adults. There are mosquito species, however, that can fly several miles. Counties and municipalities pay the most attention to these.
Q: Doesn’t my county or municipality already spray for mosquitoes?
A: Some do, but with a limited amount of general fogging or with specific treatments of areas, such as catch basins. Many parts of our community, including private property and retention ponds, are not treated. (Check with your local health department or Mosquito Abatement District for details on any local treatment programs.
Q: Can’t we just spray when we see mosquitoes?
A: We do spray to kill the adult, biting mosquitoes. By the time you see them, however, several hundred mosquitoes have already emerged from qater sources as adults. It’s much better to stop them before that point, with a larvicide that prevents mosquitoes from developing.
Q: Can the products you apply be used around people and pets with confidence?
A: Yes. These products are fully approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are applied by trained, licensed technicians. They are specifically designed to target insects and only insects.
Q: What about wildlife and fish in ponds or streams?
A: We have products that target only insects. They are not harmful to fish, pets or wildlife when used according to label directions.
Q: Why should we treat if we stay inside most of the time and use repellent when we go outside?
A: Even one bite from a disease-carrying mosquito can infect a person with West Nile virus or other mosquito-borne diseases. Pets are aalso at risk for West Nile Virus.
Q: Are the mosquitoes around here the ones that cause disease?
A: Yes. While there are hundreds of different species, there are two basic classifications: floodwater and permanent-water mosquitoes. Both types can transmit West Nile virus and other diseases. You should avoid bites.
Q: Why are regular treatments necessary?
A: Mosquitoes develop, mature and lay eggs in standing water whenever conditions are right, which is quite often in warmer months. Regular treatments are recommended whenever conditions are suitable for mosquito reproduction.
Q: Will treatments totally eliminate mosquitoes?
A: It is possible for mosquitoes to migrate from other areas and to reproduce in new sources of standing water. Treatment will greatly reduce the number, though, and will provide significant protection.
Q: How many months per year should we treat?
A: Treatment should begin as soon as the temperature regularly is above 65 degrees Fahrenheit and should continue into the fall. In many southern areas of the country, year-round treatment is advised.
Q: Should people and animals stay away from areas for a certain amount of time after a treatment?
A: Just until the adulticide is dry. Waiting is not necessary with the larvicide.
Q: Can this product be placed in pet water bowls, water gardens and water troughs?
A: Yes, the larvicide product we use has been completely tested by the EPA and can be used in these areas.
Mosquito Prevention Tips
- Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Either eliminate or treat any standing water in receptacles or containers in your yard.
- Standing water can be treated with our product. It can be easily applied in water gardens, ornamental fountains, roof gutters, bird baths, old tires, flower pots, tree holes, urns, rain barrels, pool covers, abandoned swimming pools, or an other water holding receptacles. The product we apply prevents developing mosquitoes from ever reaching the breeding, biting adult stage.
- Remove litter from your yard. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in small, discarded items that hold water, such as cans, bottles and wrappers.
- Stay indoors during dawn, dusk and early evening when mosquitoes are more likely to bite.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants for extra protection.
- Use a repellent containing DEET on skin and clothing; apply repellent sparingly to exposed skin.
- Protect your dog or cat with a product made specifically for pets that repels mosquitoes.