Few insects are as obnoxious as the mosquito. Whether its spreading massive disease and death in developing nations or just ruining your outdoor graduation party, mosquitoes are truly are baneful pest. Fortunately, Creature Control can provide effective, competitively priced mosquito treatments that can greatly reduce mosquito activity so you can actually enjoy your property this summer.

Mosquito Biology

Mosquitoes go through four stages of development: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Mosquitoes will spend their larval and pupal stages in water. Thus water is necessary for mosquitoes to thrive; more water, more mosquitoes, less water, less mosquitoes. Water may mean ponds or retention ditches, but it also may come from unexpected sources, such as water in clogged gutters, children’s toys left outside that may collect water (buckets, wagons, etc), and bird baths.

After mosquitoes emerge from water, they mate, at which point the females will go off seeking a blood meal to nourish their eggs. After her first blood meal, a female may seek another to help her produce a second batch of eggs. Thus only female mosquitoes bite. Males live off of plant nectar and die shortly after mating. Even adult females will seldom live longer than two weeks.

Many people get excited when the temperature gets very cold in the winter because they think it will kill off the mosquito larvae. This is unfortunately not true. Mosquitoes are very resilient; eggs can survive throughout the winter, even in very cold conditions (see “The Insect Freeze Tolerance Mechanism“).

Mosquito Treatments

Creature Control’s pest technicians can apply a pesticide application to underbrush, foliage, low-lying trees, and grass that kills existing mosquitoes and discourages mosquitoes from landing on foliage or using it for harborage. We can also treat ponds or other standing water with larvacide pucks that destroy mosquito larvae.

It is important to note that with a pest such as the mosquito, we are talking in terms of management, not extermination. It is not possible to exterminate every mosquito on your property, nor do our treatments mean you will never see a single mosquito. Our treatments are very effective at knocking down mosquito populations and destroying mosquito larvae, thus greatly reducing the amount of mosquito activity you will experience. Managing an insect population means getting it down to levels where their presence is not longer detrimental to human activity.

For maximal effectiveness, it is best to get an initial mosquito treatment in early June with one or more follow up treatments throughout the summer depending on rainfall (more rainfall will make the effects of the treatment wear off quicker). Mosquito pesticide is applied in the form of a fine mist blown onto foliage; it is extremely diluted and poses no serious risk to animals or children. The yard can be used safely once the pesticide is dry, usually within twenty-minutes.

Please call the Creature Control office at 1-800-441-1519 to talk about our mosquito program. Please be aware that mosquito control may not be available in all regions and all sorts of properties.

Reducing Mosquito Harborage Areas

A pesticide application is the best option for knocking down an out of control mosquito population. But there are many habitat modifications you can make that will make your property less conducive to mosquitoes. This can be done mainly by removing breeding sites by eliminating standing water. Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences recommends:

  • Disposing of unwanted tin cans and tires.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters and drain flat roofs.
  • Flush sump-pump pits weekly.
  • Stock ornamental pools with fish.
  • Change water in birdbaths, fountains, and troughs twice a week.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools; when not regularly used, they should be emptied.
  • Turn over unused wading pools and other containers that tend to collect rainwater.
  • Cover containers tightly with window screen or plastic when storing rainwater for garden use during drought periods.

Please call the Creature Control office at 1-800-441-1519 to talk about our mosquito program. Please be aware that mosquito control may not be available in all regions and all sorts of properties.