Preventing and Exterminating Mosquitoes – A Guide from Columbia, MD’s Pest Experts
Maryland’s hot and humid climate is a breeding ground for one of the world’s deadliest pests: mosquitoes. While many people may not think of mosquitoes as much more than a buzzing nuisance, and their bites as itchy inconveniences, the truth is that mosquitoes can in fact harbor several diseases and arboviruses. If you notice a significantly large presence of mosquitoes on your property, it is imperative to get assistance from a pest control professional like one of our trusted technicians at All Star Pest Management. We offer comprehensive mosquito control and extermination services to both curb current mosquito populations and target mosquito breeding areas to effectively end future mosquito infestations on your property. Learn more about mosquitoes below, and contact our team at (410) 772-0204 today!
Mosquitoes are small, flying insects that feed on the blood of larger organisms for nourishment. In most species, only the females are ectoparasites (meaning they use the blood of other organism to stay alive), while the males typically feed on nectar and plant juices. A mosquito bite will typically leave a small red bump on the surface of the skin, which can cause mild to moderate itching and irritation for a week or more. Due to their blood-consuming nature, mosquitoes have been known to carry and transmit a number of diseases, including: malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus and other arboviruses. To help those on your property safe, it is highly advisable to take steps to mosquito-proof your yard and areas around your building. Read on for tips from our pest control experts.
Mosquitoes breed in standing, stagnant water. Here are some actions homeowners can take to eliminate mosquito breeding sites:
- Dispose of tires: thousands of mosquitoes can breed in tires!
- Drill small holes at the bottom of recycling containers
- Repair outdoor faucet leaks
- Clean out gutters – mosquitoes breed in gutter debris
- Clean out pet water dishes daily
- Make sure children’s outdoor toys have no water in them
- Change bird bath water once a week or sooner
Mosquito Extermination and Prevention Services at All Star Pest Management
When do-it-yourself preventative measures aren’t enough, it’s best to call a professional for comprehensive mosquito control. At All Star Pest Management, we proudly offer both Regular and “Special Event” Mosquito Treatments for properties in Columbia, MD and the surrounding region.
Our Regular Service consists of a specialized chemical treatment of outdoor features, including: foliage, vegetation areas, bushes and trees up to 25 feet in height, buildings, porches, eaves, patios, window screens, and other resting areas to kill adult mosquitoes. Our technicians will also identify potential breeding areas and provide recommendations for the homeowner. Treatment covers an area up to ½ acre. Service is available for larger lawns and gardens – call our office for details.
Our Special Event Treatments are targeted at controlling mosquitoes for special occasions such as parties, outdoor weddings and receptions, graduations, bar mitzvahs, family reunions, cookouts, or other backyard celebrations. Our technician will come one week before the event to administer specialized treatment to targeted mosquito resting areas. Then, on the day of the event (or the day before for a morning event), our technician will return to perform a second treatment to guarantee a mosquito-free area for your special event.
Want to learn more about our mosquito treatment services? Contact our Columbia, MD at (410) 772-0204 today!