Out of all four seasons, summer is the time for most sports and fun activities including fishing, hiking, camping, barbecue picnic and many more you can think about. For these dopamine activities, scorching heat tolerance and suntan is not the only price we pay in summers. Mosquitoes are the buzzkill of summer activities, buzzing in our ear and spreading vector-borne and even fatal diseases.
One question that lingers in our mind every day is: Is summer breeze worth biting mosquitoes? Well, in all honesty, nothing is worth risking your health. It’s a dilemma whether to enjoy the season or to stay inside healthy, every mosquito season, but even inside, you are not entirely safe. If you are thinking about surviving the mosquito attacks with several kinds of repellents only, hold that thought!
The repellent concept emerged in society as an extra protective measure in the open environment to prevent fatal diseases. Experts recommended using repellents in open areas where pest control treatments are absent and indoors if you see the mosquitoes migrating from other places to your house.
Natural/ synthetic repellents only make you less attractive for the mosquitoes temporarily and are unfortunately not the root solution to eliminate the root cause of multiplying mosquitoes. However, pest control solutions exist to protect you, family and pets from the deadly mosquito’s bites while you enjoy the summer outdoor activities.
Most individuals who reach out to the pest professionals often ask “what is the ideal time to eliminate the mosquito population around and in your backyard?” Although, pest treatment is recommended every two months to eliminate any risk for customers it is also essential to understand why.
The life cycle of disease borne mosquitoes is divided into four stages: egg hatch, Larva, pupa and adult/ active mosquitoes.
A female mosquito can live up to 100 days and produce eggs every third night after mating just once. Once they have laid eggs, they move on to feed on human blood again. Per cycle, a mosquito can lay 100 – 200 calculating at least 300-400 eggs per week.
Depending on the weather and species, the eggs can take 24 hours to months to hatch. However, in summers the average hatching takes within 24-48 hours when exposed to the water.
The second stage of the mosquito life cycle is called Larva or larvae (plural). In this stage, wiggler lives in water and molts several times till the next stage. Some species of wigglers also come on the water surface to breathe.
The third stage is called pupa when the wriggler is turned into a tumbler. On this stage before ultimately maturing, the tumbler doesn’t feed at all and hibernates itself. Similar to the process of a butterfly in a cocoon.
The fourth and final stage is adulthood or active insect phase when the body parts are completely hardened, and mosquitoes are ready to fly. At least 100 eggs from the laid eggs mature and head out to feed in the final stage.
So, what is the ideal time to call pest control for mosquito’s elimination?
As mentioned above, mosquitoes’ life cycle is rapid; completing the whole process from fertilization to adulthood within two weeks. Mosquito’s population increases with a blink of an eye and a pest control treatment are recommended every two weeks to 2months in mosquito prone areas.
There are several reasons that individuals do not call pest control for weekly treatment to eliminate mosquitoes. The two common reasons are that weekly treatment isn’t a budget family and the second reason is that continuous exposure is harmful to the family’s health.
We have solutions for both of the problems. The answer to the first problem is to eliminate the mosquitoes in the larvae stage, and the second solution is Non-Toxic Mosquito Control for health and environment-friendly mosquito elimination.
Why is it Important to Kill Mosquitoes in the Larvae Stage?
Killing mosquitoes in the first two stages: eggs hatch and larvae are the easiest without disease risk. Once the mosquito lays eggs in the water, it hatches within 24-48 hours and the second stage Larva (plural larvae) begins. Now it’s unlikely that you are successful in spotting the eggs and delivering the method within 48 hours, but it is essential to kill them before they reach the pupa stage.
Targeting mosquitoes in the larval stage is the most effective method in eliminating the risk of disease because through the pupa stage the mosquitoes hibernate and don’t feed on anything, as for the last stage mosquitoes are fully developed and a health risk. In a way, the larvae stage is your last chance to kill mosquitoes without any health risks.
How is Non Toxic Mosquito Control CT a Safer Technique?
Non-toxic mosquito control techniques are certified by The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and contain no harmful or synthetic pesticides. Synthetic pesticides are detrimental to aquatic life, pollinators, and humans and animals, whereas non-toxic mosquitoes only contain organic components. Even if you have continuous exposure to the non-toxic treatment, there are no long term side effects.