The original party crashers, mosquitoes are troublesome and dangerous pests. The Lowcountry is home to at least 60 different species of mosquitoes, 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. The heat, humidity and water combine to make the Charleston area a perfect breeding ground for South Carolina’s unofficial “state bird.”

What Attracts Mosquitoes?

Types of Mosquitoes Under the right conditions, your yard is an ideal habitat for bloodthirsty mosquitoes because it provides a source of food and water. Female mosquitoes track humans and animals by detecting body heat, carbon dioxide and other naturally occurring substances released during exhalation. Chemicals in perspiration also attract mosquitoes. Their long antennae and odor-sensing organs can detect these chemicals within 150 feet of their location. Mosquitoes 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 mosquitoes 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, mosquitoes pose a potential health hazard to your family, friends and pets. Mosquitoes 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 mosquitoes 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 mosquitoes, 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 nontoxic, unique blend of biodegradable, odorless plant extracts forms a barrier that effectively reduces the mosquito population up to 99 percent. Your children and pets will enjoy running around outside free from bloodthirsty insects. Contact MosquitoNix Charleston for all of your mosquito control needs.