Mosquito Control & Treatment
Do you have a mosquito infestation? Contact us today to get treatment and rid your home of unwanted visitors!
What Are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are flying insects within the order Diptera. They have segmented bodies with one pair of wings, three pairs of long, hair-like legs, and elongated mouthparts. Mosquitoes range in size from about ⅜ to ½ an inch. Female mosquito mouthparts form long piercing-sucking proboscis. However, male mosquitoes do not have the ability to pierce the skin.
What Kind of Mosquitoes are There?
There are approximately 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world; about 176 types of mosquitoes can be found in the United States. The most common species of mosquitoes are:
Why Do I Have Mosquitoes?
There are several reasons for a mosquito infestation in your yard. These pesky pests could be swarming around your property because your yard has:
● Standing water. Mosquitoes spend 75% of their life cycle in water. They don’t need anything fancy to stay happy. Mosquitoes are perfectly content in birdbaths, pet bowls, trash can lids, flower pots, and more.
● Debris. Mosquitoes will stay places where they can find shelter. These pests will set up shop in grass clippings, overgrown vegetation, stacks of sticks, piles of leaves, compost piles, and more.
● Clogged drains are the perfect combination of moisture and debris. When drains go uncleaned for a while, debris will create blockages that hold water. This is prime real estate for mosquitoes!
How Do Mosquitoes Get Inside?
Mosquitoes can easily enter houses through a broken window, door screens, holes in the foundation, exhaust vents, and more. Mosquitoes enter your home for the same reason they’re spending time in your yard: you have shelter and standing water. House plants, leaking pipes, and toilets can all be used for breeding grounds.
Why are Mosquitoes a Problem?
Not only are mosquitoes a total nuisance that cause itchy bumps when they sting, they can also carry diseases that are harmful to humans. On top of that, a few of the diseases they transmit can afflict dogs including heart worms and West Nile virus. This is why it’s important to get a mosquito infestation taken care of right away!
How Can Plunkett’s Solve My Mosquito Problem?
Plunkett’s offers a 1-time treatment (usually for an event) or ongoing seasonal treatments. Our seasonal treatments are performed regularly, generally scheduled every 3 weeks.
To rid your space of mosquitoes, we apply a residual insecticide to lawn, shrubs, and all other low foliage throughout the entire property. Treatment should be done 1 to 5 days before a special event. Don’t worry about Mother Nature’s wrath; moderate rain will not hurt the treatment.
To prepare for mosquito treatment, make sure your yard is free of toys, pet dishes, hanging laundry, and other items. You can return to the lawn area once it’s dried, which usually takes about 4 hours--however, it may be longer depending on length of grass, humidity, amount of sunlight the lawn is exposed to, and other weather factors.
How Do The Treatments Work?
Plunkett’s technicians apply the same integrated approach to mosquitoes that we do to our other residential and commercial services. Our mosquito control services include:
● Identifying and removing breeding sites. If your property has a particularly significant mosquito problem, chances are it’s because mosquitoes are breeding and laying eggs on site. Our technicians will identify and remove these sites.
● Treating harborage sites. Mosquitoes feed on blood and drink nectar and moisture as well. They love spaces where they can stay hydrated and cool. Our technician will apply the residual insecticide to the harborage and resting sites.
Unlike DIY methods, Plunkett’s doesn’t just kill the mosquitoes occupying your property. We address the reasons why mosquitoes keep coming back and also help the site owner to proactively reduce conductive conditions.
Mosquito Control With Plunkett's
At Plunkett’s, our goal is to help you quickly, conveniently, and in the most cost-effective way. We make every effort to be with you asap, usually within a day or two.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does Bug Spray Work?
Most bug sprays keep bugs away by disguising your scent. Your body naturally produces carbon dioxide through your breath, pores, and sweat. Mosquitoes sense and track carbon dioxide to find food. The chemicals in bug spray cover up that scent. Plus, most bugs hate the smell of the bug spray itself. Learn more!
Why Are Mosquitoes So Attracted to Me?
Mosquitoes are on the lookout for carbon dioxide, sweat and high body temps, and type O blood. If you seem to always have these pesky pests buzzing around you, it could be because you fit the bill. Learn more about what makes you attractive to mosquitoes!
How Do I Stop a Mosquito Bite From Itching?
Applying an antihistamine cream directly to the mosquito bite will effectively treat symptoms of the reaction. You could also rest an ice pack on the bite to reduce swelling, wash the site to reduce itchiness, or cover the site if you can’t resist scratching the itch. Learn more about what you can do to stop mosquito bites from itching!
How Can I Keep Mosquitoes Out of My House?
Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water; the more standing water they can access, the faster mosquitoes will multiply and spread. That’s why it’s crucial to maintain drainage, fix leaks, reduce shade, and increase airflow in your home and yard. Read more about how to keep mosquitoes away from your home!