Wherever there is a warm climate and lots of moisture, you’re sure to find mosquitoes. In Arizona, though we might not be the reigning champs for damp air, we do suffer from a lot of heat. And unfortunately, water from irrigation systems, surrounding lakes, and even stagnant puddles and ponds create breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Though most are familiar with the annoying itch caused by a mosquito bite, the dangers behind such a small bite are enough cause to want to protect your family as much as possible from these pesky pests. Responsible for spreading deadly diseases, such as the West Nile Virus, the Zika Virus, Malaria, and St. Louis Encephalitis, mosquitoes are the bloodsuckers you want far from your home.
To many, most mosquitoes look and act the same. However, this could not be farther from the truth. In total, there are over 170 mosquito species in the United States and over 3,000 species worldwide. These different species have different habits, including what time of day they are most active.
Mosquitoes found buzzing about during the morning and late afternoon hours typically belong to the genus Aedes. Known picnic crashers and annoying pool guests, these mosquitoes can also be deadly if they choose to bite. Aedes-type mosquitoes are known for spreading pathogens that cause the Zika Virus, Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever.
If you’re being plagued by mosquitoes that seem to always be active at night, chances are they belong to the genus Culex. These bothersome pests are known for carrying the pathogen that causes West Nile Virus. If you’re experiencing mosquitoes who are active through the night into dawn, they are most likely Anopheles mosquitoes. These stubborn pests are known to spread Malaria among humans.
In Arizona, mosquitoes breed year round. They choose to lay their eggs in water and very moist soil, which means areas around your home such as:
Could all be acting as a potential nesting ground for mosquitoes.
Eliminate any standing water on your property, and actively maintain proper levels in your pool to assure mosquitoes cannot breed. Though it may be tempting to leave windows and screens open to let in a breeze at night, assure all screens are shut and sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering.
Attempting to simply slap or shoo-away mosquitoes may seem to be effective for a brief period, but you could be putting yourself and your family in danger. An infestation of mosquitoes not only brings a lot of itchy bites, but also the risk of harmful diseases, such as Zika, Malaria, and West Nile.
At Insectek, a trusted mosquito control specialist will examine your home for evidence of mosquito-breeding activity, and act to remove all areas of risk. They will then treat your home with organic or EPA-approved products (based on your preference) to remove all current mosquitoes and keep others at bay. To ensure mosquitoes don’t try to make your home their stomping grounds, consider our Insectek 365 Preventive Program. Your pest control specialist will visit your home on a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly schedule to actively inspect and treat your home.
The specialists at Insectek are passionate about keeping your home mosquito-free because they understand that in many parts of the world, it is a luxury most cannot afford. That’s why we donate a portion of our profits to Malaria No More (MNM), a nonprofit organization that aims to end deaths caused by the malaria disease. Our knowledge of mosquito habits and extermination, combined with our dedication to keeping people safe from mosquitoes’ potentially deadly bite, make us leading specialists in mosquito control.
Mosquitoes do not have to be a routine part of your day. Your home should be your sanctuary, where you do not need to worry about the risk of infection because of a mosquito bite.
If you’re located in the Metropolitan Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert areas, call Insectek today and say goodbye to mosquitoes.