ARE MOSQUITO CONTROL SERVICES WORTH IT?
Mosquitoes are prevalent in Georgia and South Carolina. As any southerner knows (or any southern transplant quickly learns), they can make your time outside very uncomfortable. Mosquitoes eggs and larva require water to survive, but as adults, female mosquitoes take flight and bite us and feed on our blood, obtaining critical nutrients to develop their eggs. They find us in many ways, including perfumes and other scents, our clothing colors (darker colors typically draw mosquitoes) and through just being a human (They may catch wind of the carbon dioxide, lactic acid or sweat your body produces.). However, beyond the nuisance of mosquito bites and the ongoing family debate regarding “who mosquitoes like best”, the reality is that the Center for Disease Control links mosquitoes to a variety of diseases, including the West Nile virus, Zika Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, that affect both humans and our pets.
In the CSRA, area cities are establishing mosquito abatement programs in response to the health threat mosquitoes may carry. These programs focus much of their efforts on larval control through water management and source reduction in public areas. In other words, the programs address the mosquito population where eggs are laid and mature. Homeowners should practice similar efforts – be on the lookout for areas of standing water in your yard and drain the source. When deemed necessary, the city may apply EPA-approved insecticides that are distributed in public areas and city-maintained streets, usually sprayed from trucks, that are formulated to kill adult mosquitoes.
The real question is – in light of such programs, can a professional mosquito control service help?
The answer is yes. Public mosquito control initiatives address public areas, and depending on the location of your home or business, may address a small portion of your property. However, it’s not a complete solution. This is where a mosquito control service steps in. A consistent, misting treatment completed by a mosquito control professional is like establishing a mosquito abatement program for your own property.
Upon arriving at your property, a qualified mosquito control expert should first survey your property to determine both where adult mosquitoes are resting and larvae are maturing, including the underside of foliage and areas of where standing water may occur (including drains, downspout areas and household items that can hold water (such as buckets and wheelbarrows). Only after completing this step can a technician effectively treat for mosquitoes, while limiting impact to pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
At Stokes Mosquito and Outdoor Pest Service, each client treatment is customized. Our misting treatment uses a solution that sticks to the underside of the foliage to address adult mosquitoes, as well as an all natural granular larvacide, creating protection that lasts 21 days. Not only that – it is 100% biodegradable so leaves no active residues. We recommend treatment every three weeks, and relief from mosquitoes is guaranteed for all 21 days. We also treat standing water, drains, and downspout areas to clear them of larvae and adult mosquitoes.
If you’re still not convinced, look at what our clients are saying.
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Say goodbye bugs and hello to spending time outside again. Stokes Mosquito and Outdoor Pest Service is a full-service outdoor pest control company, specializing in mosquito, fire ant, flea & tick control. Our custom treatment plans include all-natural, plant-based options and are bee and pollinator-friendly. We proudly serve the greater Augusta, GA, area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, North Augusta, Edgefield and Aiken. Ask us about our 21-day mosquito “bite free” guarantee!