We are all familiar with mosquitoes. It seems like they're everywhere here in the Ohio Valley. We’ve dealt with their bites, and the itchy welts they leave behind.
General Information About Mosquitoes
What does a mosquito look like?
Mosquitoes have slender bodies with long legs and scaled wings. They are typically smaller than 15mm in length.
Where do mosquitoes live?
Most mosquitoes rest in landscaping, trees and foliage around your property before they bite you and your family. OPC will treat the landscaping, foliage and foundation around the property with a product designed to reduce the population of mosquitoes in their resting sites. We'll also treat the mosquito breeding sites on the property with a product designed to help prevent mosquito larvae from developing into adults.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
It is often over-looked that mosquitoes can carry very dangerous diseases including West Nile virus, yellow fever, and malaria. People don't often think about malaria in this part of the world, but there are over 1,000 cases of malaria in North America every year.
To protect yourself from mosquito bites, use a repellent approved by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also make sure that you avoid contact with the eyes and mouth when applying repellent.
Should I be concerned about the Zika virus?
We've been hearing about Zika virus for a while now and its effects on people. The virus can cause mild flu-like symptoms and is believed to be linked to the birth defects in fetuses if a woman becomes infected while pregnant. Recently, researchers have discovered the virus in Aedes albopictus, otherwise knows as the Asian Tiger mosquito. This species of mosquito is common in the United States, as well as here in Kentucky.
Some precautions to take to help avoid this unwanted pest and its virus: stay indoors during dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are most active; wear insect repellent containing DEET; wear long sleeves and/or pants when you can; and remove any and all sources of standing water around your property that mosquitoes may breed in. Our mosquito program will be an asset to treat the areas mosquitoes like to shelter during the heat of the day: under leaves in bushes, trees and other exterior foliage as well as under decks and other man-made structures.
Getting Rid of Mosquitoes in Lexington, Louisville, and Indianapolis
Since mosquitoes can fly, they are able to cover large distances. This is why it is impossible to completely eliminate mosquitoes from your life. However, OPC Pest Control has developed a system that can help eliminate mosquitoes from your property and reduce their presence to an acceptable level. Download our Mosquito Management Program information here.
Don't forget that we offer a free pest inspection. If you are having trouble with mosquitoes, call us and we'll be right about to inspect your home free of charge.