Professional Outdoor Mosquito Control in Edmond and OKC
When Oklahomans need effective mosquito control, they call Avenge Pest Control. Avenge offers several affordable methods of treatment to help keep mosquitoes from spoiling your outdoor fun. Whether you are planning a backyard barbeque, a pool party or just want to relax and enjoy your yard without getting bugged, Avenge can help.
More than a nuisance, mosquitoes are a health risk
There was a time when mosquitoes were merely a nuisance. Today, their bite can be much more than an irritant as mosquitoes are considered a health hazard for carrying numerous diseases. In fact, the World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus as an international public health emergency.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the two species of mosquitoes known to carry Zika virus are present in Oklahoma.
For details on mosquito-borne diseases visit the AMCA website
as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
St. Louis Encephalitis
Western Equine Encephalitis
West Nile Virus
PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY FROM MOSQUITOES
With the increased health risks associated with mosquitoes, protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites is more important than ever. Here are some steps you can take to minimize your risk of mosquito bites:
Use insect repellents when outdoors.
Which repellents work best? Check out this Consumer Reports article for the results of the tests they conducted in April 2016.
Wear light colored, tightly woven, loose fitting clothes.
Light colors tend to repel insects like mosquitoes and ticks and it also makes them easier to see. Tightly woven fabric is much harder for a mosquito to penetrate and loose fitting clothes create distance between your skin and the surface of the fabric.
Consider wearing permethrin treated clothing.
Several manufacturers of outdoor clothing are now producing shirts, pants and hats that have been treated with permethrin, an insecticide. Want to know more? You'll find the results from a May 2016 Consumer Reports test here.
Eliminate breeding sites around your home.
Any place where standing water exists is a potential breeding site for mosquitoes. This can even be as little as a couple of leaves holding water. Here are some common places to look for:
Tarps and pool covers
Kids play toys
Tire swings (drill holes in the bottom to allow water to drain)
Ditches or low areas around the yard. (These can be filled with dirt or gravel.)
Use insect sprays to kill adult mosquitoes. Home improvement and garden stores stock a variety of hose end or aerosol sprays designed to kill nuisance insects and these often have some lasting effect.
Use fans to move air.
Mosquitoes don't like air movement (one thing that bodes well for Oklahoma). When socializing our relaxing outdoors, use fans to keep the air moving around yourself and your guests.
Minimize outdoor exposure during early morning and late afternoon.
These are times when mosquitoes are most active.
Regular yard maintenance.
When you keep your grass short and your shrubs trimmed, mosquitoes have fewer places to rest.
Talk to your neighbors.
Share this list with your neighbors. By working together you are effectively using zone defense.
Call a pro.
If you aren't sure what will work best for your needs, the friendly professionals at Avenge Pest Control are happy to help you with an insect control solution that allows you to enjoy the outdoors year round. Give us a call at 405-692-2233.
Need a handy reminder to put on your fridge? Download the Mosquito Prevention and Protection list from the AMCA.
What to know about mosquitoes
Insect experts have found that there are nearly 200 species of mosquitoes in the United States, and the species vary by geography. One thing that all mosquitoes have in common is a four stage life cycle of which three stages occur in water.
The female mosquito feeds on blood so that she can produce eggs. In the first stage, eggs are typically laid in or near water or in areas likely to fill with water. While the mosquito eggs need water to hatch, they can actually endure dry conditions for several months. The time required to hatch varies by mosquito species as well as temperature and available food.
In the second stage, the egg hatches into larva which then lives and grows on water surfaces until it becomes a pupa, which is the third stage.. At this stage it stops feeding and prepares to emerge as an adult. After emerging, the adult body hardens and then flies off in search of food.
A mosquito life cycle can range from as little as 4 days to as much as a month.
Mosquitoes are typically associated with summer, however depending on where you live, they can be active for much longer periods of time, even year round.
Some species of mosquitoes favor cooler rainy conditions while others tend to multiply in the dryer heat of late summer. For this reason, it is important to treat for mosquitoes on a regular basis.
Whether you live in the city, the suburbs or in rural areas, mosquitoes pose a health risk that can't be ignored. The professionals at Avenge Pest Control have the tools and the knowledge to put you in control of mosquitoes and enjoy the outdoors.
Call us today at 405-693-2233 for professional mosquito control in Edmond and Oklahoma City.