Mosquitoes are among the most common and bothersome pests to humans. Since they carry numerous diseases, they also pose a danger to both people and their pets. While disease transmission is extremely rare, in Illinois there are three kinds of encephalitis — inflammation of the brain usually caused by an infection — that mosquitoes can transmit to humans, including the West Nile virus.
Immature mosquitoes, called larvae, need to live in water while they feed on microbes or decaying organic matter. Depending on the species, the adult female lays her eggs on standing water or in places that later become flooded. Mosquitoes are classified by where the larvae are found:
- Floodwater or temporary pool
- Tree holes and artificial containers
- Standing water
Generally, the peak biting periods of mosquitoes occur just before and after dark, and again before dawn. Male mosquitoes do not bite; rather they feed on the nectar of flowers and plant juices.
While Aerex Pest Control continues to reduce the mosquito population, the most important thing residents can do is take preventative measures to reduce the impact of mosquitoes on their property. Mosquito levels vary greatly from year to year depending primarily on weather conditions. In very wet/rainy seasons mosquito levels will be higher. Individuals may reduce the impact of mosquitoes on their property by taking the following steps:
- Minimize standing water, which serves as breeding sites.
- Keep your lawn, shrubs, and weeds trimmed to reduce hiding places for adult mosquitoes.
- Fill in or drain and lower places in your yard that create ruts and puddles.
- Clean and maintain gutters and downspouts.
- Empty and clean birdbaths and small wading pools weekly.
- Engage in Aerex’s mosquito control program.
Additionally, individuals should always use personal protection when mosquitoes are present:
- When possible, avoid places and times when mosquitoes bite; peak biting periods of mosquitoes occur just before and after dark, and again before dawn.
- Wear light-colored protective clothing covering arms and legs. Keep pant legs tucked into boots or socks, and collars buttoned.
- Make sure door and window screens fit tightly and all holes are repaired.
- Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure.
- Use an insect repellent. The more DEET a product contains, the longer the repellant can protect against mosquito bites. For most situations, 10–25% DEET is adequate. Apply repellents to clothes whenever possible.
Aerex has the Solution
Aerex technicians understand the habits of mosquitos and use that knowledge when developing a mosquito control program that is best suited to your home and your particular mosquito problem. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators.
At Aerex we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. All appointments are scheduled at a time that is convenient for you. Call us for a free consultation at 847-255-8888 or complete our Mosquito Control Quote form to receive a quick quote.
***Please Note: For 2016, Aerex will not be able to provide mosquito control services in the following areas: Wisconsin, the city of Chicago proper, and the Southern Chicago Suburbs.***