Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. is now proud to add Mosquito Services to their list of pest control services in Springdale, Fayetteville, Mountain Home and our surrounding areas. Here are a few things you might not have known about those pesky insects, and how Hopper can help you keep them at bay this spring and summer.
Mosquitoes are in the fly family. They are best known for the habits of the females, who use their long proboscis, or nose, to bite people and pets to draw blood. This blood helps them generate their eggs. They also feed on the nectar of flowers. Males do not “bite” or draw blood. They are also smaller and do not live as long.
Young mosquitoes prefer to live near water; the more stagnant the water, the better breeding and living environment for the mosquito. The larvae feed on tiny aquatic organisms. Females most often lay their eggs, usually about 100 at a time, in standing areas of water. This can include water in and around your lawn like bird baths, swimming pools, and buckets.
Adult mosquitoes are most active from dusk until dawn, or on very cloudy days.
Mosquitoes can spread disease such as West Nile Virus, dengue and malaria.
We all have experienced a mosquito bite or two, which is itchy and can lead to swelling, but often a yard can become infested with these pests, which plays havoc on summer activities outside.
You can help eradicate mosquito infestation by eliminating the water sources they are drawn to. Make sure there isn't stagnant standing water in plant containers, bird baths, kiddie pools, and other puddles or holes. Sometimes though, more intense measures are needed, especially if you live near a pond or lake.
Hopper Environmental Services offers a mosquito treatment plan that starts with your Hopper representative conducting a thorough property inspection and identifying the kind of mosquitoes causing the problems. After inspection, we can accurately prepare a treatment plan and recommendations that will be the most effective for your property and budget.
Some chemical product uses that may be needed for mosquito treatment include insecticides to plants and shrubs that adult mosquitoes live in, insect growth regulators that prevent mosquito development in the first place, and microbial insecticide products that kill mosquitoes if they are already established.
Hopper's mosquito treatment will last up to 60 days, and may need to be reapplied every 60 days during the spring and summer months when mosquitoes are the most prevalent.