Shades of Green, Inc offers effective treatments for controlling the Mosquito population around your yard and property.
Warmer weather and longer days means mosquito season is upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about mosquito control. At Shades of Green, we offer a comprehensive mosquito control program that can help you keep your yard clear of these pesky pests. Our program includes a natural based targeted treatment every 3 to 4 weeks that will continue though late fall as needed. We also provide information to help you identify potential breeding sites for mosquitoes and take steps to reduce them. With our help by identifying, eliminating, and maintaining overgrown areas that are prime mosquito habitats, you can enjoy your yard all summer long without the worry of being bitten by mosquitoes. Give us a call today to learn more about our mosquito control program.
Why is mosquito control necessary in Bucks County and the surrounding communities?
Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they can pose a serious health risk. These pests are known to transmit diseases like malaria, yellow fever, and the West Nile virus. In fact, mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated mosquitoes kill around 725,000 and up to one million people a year from the diseases they spread. In regions where mosquito-borne diseases are common, people take precautions to avoid being bitten. However, even in areas where these diseases are not prevalent, mosquitoes can still be dangerous. Their bites can cause irritation and swelling, and in rare cases, they can trigger allergic reactions. If you’re concerned about mosquitoes on your property, Shades of Green is here to help. Don’t let these pests ruin your summer; call us today!
The Mosquito Life Cycle:
Mosquitos will go through four different stages throughout its life cycle – egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
Depending on the species of mosquito, eggs are laid on the surface of water or on damp soil that will then be flooded with water. Eggs will typically hatch into larvae in a 48 hour span, and some eggs are resilient enough to withstand sub-zero winters. The mosquito larva typically lives in the water, but will come to the surface in order to breathe. However, the Anopheles larvae live parallel to the water surface in order to breathe. During the larva stage they will molt their skin and grow larger each time and after the fourth molt they become a pupa. The pupa stage of development is similar to that of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. This two day transformation will end with the pupal skin splitting and the adult mosquito emerging. Now that the adult has emerged it will take a couple of days before blood feeding and mating. Mosquitos go through their life cycle stages rather quickly. Depending on temperature a mosquito can complete its life cycle within 10 to 14 days, however there are some species that can go through their life cycle in just four days or take up to an entire month!
IF YOU ARE TIRED OF BEING A MEAL FOR MOSQUITOS AND WANT THEM UNDER CONTROL, CONTACT US AT (215) 428-1323
What mosquitoes carry malaria? When are mosquitoes most active? Is there a natural way to repel mosquitoes? These are all valid questions and concerns. See our expert answers below:
Q: Are mosquitoes dangerous?
A: Yes, mosquitoes are quite dangerous through the diseases they spread such as malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, zika, yellow fever, etc.
Q: Can mosquitoes kill you?
A: Not directly, but mosquito-borne disease can kill. Mosquitoes and the diseases they spread are responsible for up to 1 million deaths a year!
Q: Can mosquitoes bite through clothes?
A: Depending on the fabric, yes. Thinner fabrics such as spandex or gauze will allow a mosquito to easily penetrate trough it. Fabrics like denim, tight-knit wool, and even velvet would offer you the best protection against mosquitos. That is why we recommend long sleeves and denim jeans to give yourself as much protection as you can.
Q: What attracts mosquitoes to humans?
A: Mosquitoes are attracted to a few different things, the biggest one being carbon dioxide that humans and animals emit. They can also find a host through indicators such as body heat, perspiration, as well as body odor. There is research showing that mosquitoes are attracted to the color black, it’s not fully understood why, but if you are wearing black or dark colors you may find that you are a more enticing meal to a mosquito. Additionally there is evidence that certain blood types are more attractive to mosquitoes too. People who have the blood type of O will find themselves being dinner more often than those with an A or B blood type.
Q: Is there a natural way to repel mosquitoes?
A: Yes, there are plenty of natural ways to repel mosquitoes – one of them being lemon eucalyptus oil. The CDC has even approved eucalyptus oil as an effective ingredient in mosquito repellent. Citronella is another common and natural way to repel mosquitoes. It is a natural and effective essential oil made from a mix of herbs. Citronella candles can provide up to 50% extra protection against mosquitoes while outdoors. If you have a feline companion, you might want to look into planting some catnip in your garden. Iowa State University found out that catnip can be 10 times more effective than DEET when it comes to repelling these thirsty bloodsuckers.
Q: Do natural repellents work against mosquitoes?
A: In most cases yes. The majority of natural repellents have studies behind them. In 2014, a comparative study was completed by using laboratory and field evaluations of repellent formulas containing DEET and lemon eucalyptus oil against mosquitoes in Queensland, Australia. This study found that the 40% DEET formulation provided 100% protection against mosquitoes for 7 hours, but the lemon eucalyptus oil at 32% provided more than 95% protection for 3 hours. So while DEET is found to be the most effective, there are plenty of natural ways you can repel mosquitoes.