Mosquitoes are a public health risk and a general nuisance for many people. Mosquitoes carry and transmit eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) as well as several other diseases which have played a major role in our history. Likewise every summer mosquitoes provide a constant reminder of their annoyance when outside at parties, sporting events or just taking an evening stroll. They survive the harsh winters in our sewer lines and come spring they are just as eager as we are to get outside.

Mosquitoes enjoy our parties as much as we do because they are attracted to CO2, carbon dioxide, what we exhale. This is the primary means of locating their food which is us. It is also produces from gas grills. So when you are standing in a crowd or near a gas grill after dusk you are standing in the mosquito zone.

Mosquito Identification

There are about 150 different species of mosquitoes in the World. Only a few of these though are of concern because they carry disease organisms. Of those few we can narrow them down to females because males do not feed on blood. All have a few things in common, moisture.

Mosquito Control

JEM pest management professional will complete a pest susceptibility report. This report is focused on reducing areas that mosquitoes use to reproduce. This includes removing standing water in your yard including non-draining gutters, pool covers and hot tubs that are not open for the season. The technician will point out and empty watering cans, flower pots, buckets, tin cans, wheelbarrows or any object that can collect water.

Once the inspection is completed Jem Pest Staff will treat high impact areas where mosquitoes are resting or staying cool. These products, either traditional pesticide or organic treatments are applied to wood lines, wood fences, shady lawn area, and ornamental plants as needed and are effective in mosquito and tick treatment. This treatment also has an insect growth regulator mixed in that will help prevent mosquito larva from moulting into adults. Insect growth regulators reduce the need of adulticides needed for mosquito control.

What You Must Know About Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can harbor and transmit very serious diseases especially malaria which kills many people in Africa daily. Mosquitoes feed on plant nectars. The female does not draw blood from mammals for food but rather does that for the development of her eggs. The female Anopheles mosquito is the main carrier and transmitter of the malaria parasite which is why it is so important to control mosquitoes. Generally, mosquitoes have a lifespan of two weeks for males and approximately a month or more for the females. Mosquitoes do not have very good vision. They rely on the carbon dioxide we exhale in order to locate us. The mosquito reaches its mature adult state in as little as 4 days, but most reach full maturity within two weeks. After only two days as an adult, a female mosquito is able to bite its first victim. Female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs at one time. The female mosquito needs water to lay their eggs from sources such as standing waters, gutters, open drainage, cans and tires, a small hole in a tree, empty flowerpots etc.. In one way or another, a mosquito’s life revolves around a water source. All mosquitoes require water at each stage of development for maturation, and as an adult, the female lays her eggs in the water.

Preventive measures to take

Besides regular conventional control methods, another key to control mosquitoes is adopting preventive measures including the elimination of their identified breeding areas. Simple ways to control mosquitoes include weeding around the house to destroy their hiding places, removing old tires and other containers and can that collect water whenever it rains, covering water storage tanks and containers. In other words, make sure there is no stagnant water left in your house and compound. Combine these preventive measures with regular spraying of approved insecticide at your premises to ensure a mosquito free environment. You may also contact us on +233208116038.