Oh No, Mosquitoes!!
By: Kyle Harvey
Spring is in the air! We are all noticing it here in the greater Charlotte area. Everyone is ready for the warm air to finally settle in. The smell of springtime is unique and wonderful and watching the magnificent, beautiful trees, greenery and colorful flowers bloom is a soothing balm to life’s hurries and worries.
Unfortunately with this welcome change of the season, take warning. As time turns so do our old foes the mosquitoes rise again to bite, agitate, aggravate, infuriate and infect us. Here at Crown Pest Control our technicians are already beginning to see mosquitoes under decks, near piles of leaves, around structural foundations and in dense woodsy and vegetative areas. Unfortunately old man winter doesn’t kill the bugs as the eggs, laid well in advance the previous year, are programmed to hatch as soon as the time and temperature are right. Even if we get that late March icy blast there are millions of them under leaves and sticks, near water and heavy vegetation, trash and refuse—-all waiting to hatch.
The threats that mosquitoes place upon us have never felt more real and defined. Obviously we all need to inform ourselves about the Zika Virus. While only 1 in 5 infected show symptoms those who do can develop a rash and suffer from lingering fatigue and a litany of disagreeables: feverish, nauseous, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and dizziness. If you experience any of this call your doctor. While unpleasant, most infections are manageable. However the link between Zika and the birth defect microcephaly is the most dangerous aspect of the virus. This threat to our unborn children demands our attention and compels us to find out how to prevent it.
Zika is known to be spread by two local species: first there is the yellow fever mosquito (aedes aegypti). Typically they are recognizable by a silvery white lyre shaped pattern of scales along their abdomen. Second there is the more common Asian tiger mosquito (aedes albopictus), which looks very similar, having black and white striped legs. Both varieties are daytime biters that prefer to attack you in the mornings and early evening as the sun sets. They will typically be found near human dwellings and will travel up too a few hundred yards away from breeding grounds. Even at nighttime under false exterior lighting you can get bitten by the bloodsuckers.
What you can do to protect yourself is assess your risk. Are you more prone to getting bit than others? Studies prove certain people are more likely targets. The smartest move is what nobody wants to hear as the days warm up: wear long sleeved clothes! If you can’t see yourself doing that, it’s a smart idea to spray yourself with an approved repellant containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin, or for an organic alternative, try something made with the oil of lemon-eucalyptus. Be smart about your yard and around your home. Eliminate any harborage areas such as old leave piles under bushes in the landscaping and around the home or under the deck. Inspect for any areas where water can puddle up and stay stagnant-whether it be a small hole in the yard, a depression in your grill cover, the interior of an old tire, flower pots, what-have-you. Get rid of what you can, fill in any holes, tidy up around outside, and monitor and dump out weekly anything you can’t stop from puddling up. Mosquitoes only need less than a half-inch of water to successfully breed, so vigilance is required.
We have been performing mosquito treatments for years at Crown Pest Control. Our technicians are trained to find the potential breeding sources and harborage areas on your property. We have the equipment to deliver the mosquito killing material around your home and yard, under decks, under shrubs and any other shady areas where they will hang out at during mid day. We also have a product that is 100% environmentally safe that we sprinkle in standing water, which disrupts the larval cycle of the pre adult mosquito, thus eliminating future generations in their incubation stages. Speaking of the environment, we understand the concern over pesticide application. That is why we make it a priority to offer both normal mosquito service as well as the alternative botanical pesticide service. This is the same great service that hits all those same spots but we use certified environmentally safe botanical materials. Our mosquito battle plan has us arriving monthly thru spring and summer to keep you and your family safe. This is the time of year to prepare as the warmer weather arrives. Give us a call here at Crown Pest Control and you can check off the “mosquitoes eliminated” box on your list, so one less thing to worry over. Thanks and have a great day from all of us at Crown!