Q: How do mosquitos feed?
A: It is a common misconception that the female mosquito flies from her water source and immediately flies away to find her blood feeding. In actuality, she flies to staging or resting points and waits . . . and waits . . . and waits. She does not fly around seeking her victim, she waits until it comes to her. Once she senses the vibrations of a warm-blooded creature, she begins to orient on their CO2 plume and heat signature. After determining it to be a viable source of blood, she then flies to and feeds upon the source animal. The engorged female then flies back to a resting site, allows the blood to be processed and then will deposit her eggs to start the cycle all over again.
Q: How can I reduce the number of mosquitos in my yard?
A: As most of us know, ANY standing water outside should be eliminated or changed once a week for bird baths, etc. Some conditions that should be corrected in order to reduce the attractiveness of your home for breeding or staging include gutters should be clean and free flowing, leaf accumulation should be removed from under decks, shrubs and around the home and the lawn should be cut regularly.
Q: What does HPS recommend to combat mosquitos?
A: mosquitoes that have the greatest effect on us, are the ones in our immediate proximity. (Remember, the female will fly to a location and wait!) This is where we can help. We understand the sites and locations she would most prefer to stage, so we can treat them. With a preventive barrier in place on your property, the female just can’t survive long enough while staged to bite. Thus removing the most imminent mosquito threat to you, the ones on your property! After our treatment, approximately 85% of the mosquitoes that would affect you and yours are eliminated. In addition to the preventive barrier we put in place, we can also incorporate the use of a larvicide when needed. As with most pests, greatest control is obtained when a holistic approach is taken. If a customer follows our guidelines and we do our job properly, you will be able to use and enjoy the outdoors around your home. We believe our treatment program is a much better option than staying indoors or coating yourself and your children with a repellent-type chemical – Don’t you?
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