The most effective way to prevent mosquito bites this summer is to contribute to the control of the Mississippi mosquito population. There are over 50 species of mosquitoes in Mississippi, but most of them stay away from humans as their pallets prefer the taste of four-legged animals. (Wild animals, after all, can’t get ahold of fast food.) The three or four varieties of mosquitoes that do prefer human blood can transmit diseases and viruses such as West Nile, St. Louis Encephalitis, LaCrosse Encephalitis, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. At the very least, these pesky creatures suck your blood, causing itchy welts! Protect your yard and your family this year by investing in mosquito control for your property! You deserve to barbeque in peace.

Defend Your Yard Against Mosquitoes with Professional Mosquito Control

Mosquitoes can prove to be a formidable yard invader because their eggs have a short incubation period before they turn into little, blood-sucking monsters. Most eggs can hatch within 24-72 hours into wriggling larvae. The larvae then develop into pupae for between 7-10 days. Finally, the pupae turn into fully-grown mosquitoes in one to three days. Thankfully, their life cycle allows pest control professionals a little bit of time to implement a custom-developed mosquito service plan.

Yard Treatments Can Help Prevent Mosquito-Transmitted Diseases

Mosquitoes are known as one of the deadliest animals in the world because they are carriers of dangerous diseases such as Zika Virus, Chikungunya virus, Dengue, and Malaria. In Mississippi, mosquito-borne illnesses include West Nile, St. Louis Encephalitis, Chikungunya virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. These illnesses can impart flu-like symptoms upon those who are bitten by mosquitoes.

    1. West Nile Virus. The majority of West Nile cases are either asymptomatic or only cause mild flu-like symptoms. Occasionally, those who are infected develop more severe symptoms, such as fever, skin rashes, body aches, and swollen lymph glands.
    2. Encephalitis. Encephalitis can be just as scary as it sounds. It is defined as an inflammation of the brain. Like West Nile, encephalitis typically causes mild flu-like symptoms. However, more serious cases can include high fevers, disorientation, and seizures.
  1. Chikungunya Virus. Chikungunya has similar symptoms to West Nile and Encephalitis. It causes sever joint pain and fever. Before 2013, Chikungunya was only found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Mississippi had its first case of the virus in 2015.

Orkin Pest Control Mosquito Plan

Orkin’s mosquito service plan targets mosquitoes in their larval stage, with treatments called Larvicides, so they don’t have time to reproduce. Larvicides are among the most effective mosquito treatments because they attack large groups of formative mosquitoes when they are immobile. An Orkin mosquito service plan provides the following elements:

    1. A combination of treatments to break the mosquito’s life cycle, preventing larvae from becoming breeding, biting, and potentially disease-carrying adults
    1. Monthly or one-time treatments during mosquito season that are safe for your family and pets
  1. Added protection from mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika, West Nile Virus, and Chikungunya

Every home is different, which means that every property has different locations in which mosquitoes find desirable to breed. Our trained technicians will evaluate your property and work with you do develop a custom-tailored plan that is right for your yard.

Tips to Keep Your Yard Mosquito-Free

In order to prepare your yard for the most effective treatment, there are a few things that you can do to dissuade wayward mosquitoes from settling into your property.

    1. Stagnant Water. Mosquitoes are simple-minded creatures. They eat. They annoy humans. They breed. But mosquitoes can’t breed just anywhere. It must be a location that is in or near stagnant water. In fact, three of the four life stages of a mosquito are found in water. Eliminating standing water sources such as rain barrels, garbage, and puddles. For water sources such as birdbaths, ponds, and pools, it is important to keep a constant rotation of water.
    1. Gutters. Mosquitos love moist, damp areas. If it has been a while since you last cleaned your gutters, here’s your friendly reminder that cluttered, damp cutters also attract breeding mosquitoes.
    1. Landscaping. Keeping your unruly vegetation and leaf litter in check is another good way to control your mosquito population. You can also try adding natural mosquito-repelling plants to your garden, such as lemongrass, geraniums, and marigolds.
    1. Garden Clutter. Remove everything from your yard that could possibly contribute to your standing water problem, such as old tires, containers, toys, and trash cans.
  1. Proper Drainage. Make sure the water flows properly through your outdoor drains.

Use the Right Mosquito Repellant

It never hurts to have an extra layer of protection. When braving the great outdoors, you can protect yourself against nibbling mosquitoes by wearing long sleeves and pants and applying mosquito repellant. Before purchasing your next repellant, read the ingredients to make sure it uses DEET (diethyltoluamide). DEET is an effective form of pest control that forms a vapor barrier, deterring mosquitoes and other winged pests from landing on your skin.