The Mosquito: Small but dangerous

Mosquitoes are the most significant carrier of disease in history, responsible for more human deaths than any other animal. To be fair, the mosquito itself isn’t dangerous. It’s the bacteria and other parasites and viruses that it carries, including malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, and West Nile virus. Also on the list are Dengue fever, which is extremely dangerous for children, and heart worm, which can kill pets.

And, like most other insects, mosquitoes abound. They are hard to avoid. There are more than 160 different types of mosquitoes in the U.S., each with its own mating and feeding habits. Typically, they feed within a 100-foot radius of their breeding sites but can fly as far as 1½ miles for food. Mosquitoes are attracted by scent, sight and heat.

They breed in wet or moist areas. Although they are at their worst in summer and fall, our Four Seasons Approach offers year-round protection to stop mosquitoes before they start.

Got Mosquitoes? Call Mountaineer Pest Control Services.

Mountaineer inspects your home’s exterior, looking closely for areas where mosquitoes are likely to breed. That‘s important. In just four days, one mosquito can multiply into 400. Stagnant or standing water is an obvious cesspool, but mosquitoes also are drawn to places that hold slight moisture such as sprinkler heads and dirty gutters.

Our technicians apply liquid and granule treatments to high moisture areas to kill larvae, tiny wigglers that live at the water’s surface. We sanitize high traffic areas and, when necessary, remove obvious breeding grounds.

We also use a “mosquito catcher” that attracts pregnant females — the sex that sucks blood. In search of blood meal, she flies to the trap and gets caught inside. Eventually, mosquitoes will avoid biting in the areas around the home where the mosquito catcher is present.

Take back your yard

We treat breeding sites and foliage to control larvae and adult mosquitoes, and offer recommendations to help reduce their activity. Breeding sites include:

  • around doors, windows, garage doors and eaves
  • under patio covers
  • flower plates
  • improperly draining gutters
  • evaporative cooling units
  • architectural features and walls that limit wind
  • dense foliage
  • ponds, fountains and bird baths
  • tree wells and tree holes
  • low-lying sprinkler heads
  • wading pools and swimming pools