How To Control Mosquito Populations In Your Leesville Yard

mosquito on a leaf

There are many things to enjoy about the summer. You can enjoy outdoor cookouts, relaxation in the hammock, a stroll through the yard, working in the garden, etc. We are most active during the summer because it is warmer and the days are longer; however, we are not the only ones enjoying long summer days. Mosquitoes also enjoy this time of the year. 

If mosquitoes hamper outdoor activities, you need mosquito control in Leesville from The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. For over 40 years, our family-owned and operated company has removed pests throughout the area. Our fully insured technicians are licensed and certified by the South Carolina Department of Pesticide Regulations (SCDPR). We can control the mosquito population around your home so you can enjoy fun in the sun. 

Understanding Mosquito Behavior: Insights Into Why They Bite

You may find it surprising that only female mosquitoes bite and attack only when they need to produce eggs. Male and female mosquitoes are content with plant juices and nectar; however, a fertilized female needs protein, iron, amino acids, and other nutrients from human or animal blood to enable egg production and development.

Upon fertilization, the female flies to detect a blood source. As it zips around the yard, it uses its antennae to locate targets by sensing carbon dioxide emissions, body heat, and odor. Once it detects these elements, it lands on its victim, anchors itself using the tiny claws on each of its six legs, and inserts a mouthpart, known as a proboscis, into the skin. After drawing blood, the mosquito detaches and searches for a stagnant water source to deposit approximately 50 to 500 eggs. Over the next two or three weeks of its lifespan, it will repeat this process and produce several egg batches. 

The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. technicians are experts in mosquito behavior and know where to find mosquito hot spots on Leesville properties. 

Danger Signs To Watch For With a Mosquito Bite

When a mosquito lands to draw blood, it lubricates its proboscis with saliva. In addition to making insertion easier, its saliva contains an anticoagulant and an anesthetic. These work together to enable good blood flow into the mosquito's body, preventing you from immediately detecting their presence. Your body registers the anticoagulant and anesthetic as an allergen and dispatches histamines to the bite site; the initial result is redness and swelling at the bite site. 

Individuals with allergy sensitivities may experience breathing difficulties, wheezing, and lip, tongue, or face swelling (anaphylaxis). If this reaction occurs, seek immediate medical attention. Histamines cause itching as they attack allergens introduced by mosquitoes into the blood. Constant scratching can introduce bacteria into the wound, causing a localized infection characterized by warmth and pus.

Because a female mosquito draws blood from many sources throughout its brief one to two-week lifespan, it can spread West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, encephalitis, and tularemia. If you experience fever, body aches, nausea, diarrhea, and other flu-like symptoms after experiencing a mosquito bite, seek medical attention immediately because you may have one of the diseases carried by mosquitoes.

The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. reduces the chances of mosquitoes from attacking by controlling the mosquito population around your Leesville house. 

Prevention Is Key: Tips And Tricks To Deter Mosquitoes

When you experience an infestation from South Carolina mosquitoes, you need The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. to treat your property. However, you can do the following in conjunction with our mosquito control to deter mosquitoes from using your lawn as a breeding ground:

  • Remove water-collecting junk and debris
  • Provide drainage to ditches, puddles, and gutters
  • Replace birdbath water weekly
  • Cut down vegetation overgrowth to allow airflow

Mosquitoes need only a small area of water as a breeding location, so no matter how small the object may be, remove it if it can hold water. Although there is mixed evidence regarding their effectiveness, plant citronella, lemongrass, catnip, or basil around your home, or treat the lawn with diluted citronella, eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils. 

When a certified and trained technician from The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. inspects your Leesville property for mosquito control, we will identify attractants so you can take appropriate actions to remove them.

Stop Mosquitoes The Easy Way With The Original Bugman Pest Elimination

We will dispatch a licensed technician to inspect your Leesville property for attractants and breeding locations. Next, we will treat hot spots with a residual adulticide to eliminate the adult mosquito population. The treatments also disrupt the life cycles of emerging mosquitoes, reducing the number of new mosquitoes and your chances of receiving bites. 

Contact The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. today for mosquito control near you to learn more and to request an inspection.