The original party crashers, mosquitos are troublesome and dangerous pests. The Lowcountry is home to at least 60 different types of mosquitos, including the salt marsh mosquito and the Asian tiger mosquito. Although more prevalent at dawn and dusk, the diverse local mosquito population ensures that these aggressive biters will be tracking your movements throughout the day. These annoying two-winged insects disrupt outdoor events like barbecues with their itchy bites. Charleston mosquitos are unique, the heat, humidity and water combine to make the Charleston area a perfect breeding ground for South Carolina’s unofficial “state bird.”
What Attracts Mosquitos?
Under the right conditions, your yard is an ideal habitat for bloodthirsty mosquitos because it provides a source of food and water. Mosquitos track humans and animals by detecting body heat, carbon dioxide and other naturally occurring substances released during exhalation. Female mosquitos are the ones responsible for actually biting. Chemicals in perspiration also attract mosquitoes. Their long antennae and odor-sensing organs can detect these chemicals within 150 feet of their location. Mosquitos are also exceptional visual hunters. They compare potential targets against the background of the sky. Darker shades of clothing make you more visible and susceptible to mosquito bites. Standing water in birdbaths, flowerpots and shallow pools offer mosquitos a perfect location to deposit their eggs. You should chemically treat swimming pools, and turn over your children’s toys and other items that can collect water.
Potential Health Hazards
In addition to being a nuisance, mosquitos pose a potential health hazard to your family, friends and pets. Mosquitos harbor diseases and parasites that can afflict humans, dogs and horses with a wide range of serious conditions. These include West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and dog heartworm as well as Eastern equine encephalitis. Scratching insect bites can also lead to a secondary skin infection. While it is recommended that you avoid outdoor activities at certain times as well as areas where mosquitos are most prevalent, this limits the enjoyment of your outdoor living spaces.
Professional Mosquito Control
You can take back your backyard, patio and pool with the help of MosquitoNix Charleston. The QuickNix is a multistep mosquito treatment program that eliminates up to 90 percent of these annoying insects. While the liquid application targets adult mosquitos, the granule layer serves as a repellent. The treatment of low-lying areas in your yard and near air conditioning units helps eliminates mosquito larvae before they reach the adult stage. Another effective technique is the environmentally friendly MosquitoNix misting system. This non-toxic, unique blend of biodegradable, odorless plant extracts forms a barrier that effectively reduces the mosquito population. Your children and pets will enjoy running around outside free from bloodthirsty insects. It is important to educate yourself on Charleston mosquitos in order to stop them! Contact MosquitoNix Charleston for all of your mosquito control needs.