Mosquito Control for My Charlotte Home
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There are about 170 different kinds of mosquitoes in North America. These pests are part of the same family as houseflies and fruit flies, because they all have two clear, veined wings. Known as a summer pest, Mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days.
Mosquitoes do not bite. Female mosquitoes feed on plant nectar and blood. They need the protein to reproduce. To get to the blood, they pierce our skin with their "proboscis" and suck our blood. Male mosquitoes feed exclusively on plant nectars. Mosquitoes are busiest at night and will fly up to 14 miles for a blood meal. They hunt for food by detecting body heat and Carbon Dioxide, the gas we breathe out.
Mosquito bites can transmit diseases, such as malaria, West Nile Virus, and Zika so authorities in many areas take measures to reduce mosquito populations through pesticides or more organic means. An easy way to reduce mosquito populations in a residential area is the removal of standing water (where mosquitoes breed), and the use of repellents, such as DEET.
There are two kinds of mosquito control: organized programs to reduce mosquito populations over a wide area, and actions an individual can take to control mosquitoes with respect to themselves and their own property.
Organized mosquito control programs may include:
- removal of mosquito breeding habitats
- manipulating habitats to reduce breeding
- introducing natural predators of mosquitoes
- using pesticides to reduce larval populations
- using pesticides to reduce adult populations
Since many mosquitoes breed in standing water, source reduction can be as simple as overturning an old tin can, or can be as complex as permanently draining marshes. Much source reduction is a matter of education. For example, homeowners can eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by removing unused plastic pools, old tires, or buckets; by clearing clogged gutters and repairing leaks around faucets; by regularly changing water in bird baths; and by filling or draining puddles, swampy areas, and tree stumps. Eliminating such mosquito breeding areas can be an extremely effective and permanent way to reduce mosquito populations without resorting to insecticides.