Mosquitoes – Inside and Outside your Ashland, VA Home

Mosquitoes have been roaming the planet for millions of years pestering man with their blood pilfering crimes and leaving behind the itchy reminders. Mosquitoes in Ashland VA are no exception with their annoying presence.  Exterminating Unlimited, Inc would like to take the opportunity to expound on the mosquitoes that are in your own backyard.

Yellow Fever & Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

During mosquito season in Virginia, the risk of a local mosquito transmitting a disease is very possible.  Throughout Virginia, mosquitoes are found that are infected with various diseases that can be detrimental. Mosquitoes are only too eager to bite and though they can potentially spread multiple diseases, the Zika virus is what has the natives mostly concerned about.  The yellow fever mosquito and the Asian tiger mosquito are the two species primarily transmitting the Zika virus.  Virginia has both of these mosquitoes are here and the Asian tiger mosquito is by far the most commonly seen in the area. Mosquito season is here, which also means the potential for our local yellow fever mosquitoes and Asian tiger mosquitoes to obtain the Zika virus by biting infected persons who have returned from areas of Zika activity and to spread it to their current hosts.  These two mosquito species are different from most other mosquito species in Virginia because they fly and bite during daylight hours and will enter homes through any opening they can find especially an open door or window and bite indoors. Another difference of these two mosquito species is that they lay their eggs only in containers of water as opposed to laying their eggs in bodies of water such as puddles, flooded ditches, ponds or streams the average mosquito does.

Mosquito Prevention

Mosquito prevention requires strategic tactics that branch off from other mosquitoes as the Asian tiger and yellow fever mosquito are also different in reproduction and daily habits.  Simply locating and removing potential containers where the bodies of water might collect can remove breeding grounds. Such areas may include; metal, concrete, plastic, glass, ceramic, wood, or stone is where the eggs are laid. If removed, these mosquitoes will not have a favorable place to lay them and look elsewhere.  In depth inspections of the yard for all potential mosquito nurseries is one of the first steps in preventative maintenance.  Directed at the hedges, ivy, shrubs, and other vegetation as well as structures where a mosquito may perch is where the mosquito fog sprays should be strategically placed and targeted.  Especially prudent in homes and businesses where the doors and windows frequently opened; homes and businesses should be equipped with screens in prime condition on the windows and doors.

Effective Mosquito Control Methods

More common in Virginia, these mosquitoes are threatening the locals with more than the Zika virus, but other less common mosquito-borne ailments as well as other less populated mosquitoes in the area also pose a risk.  West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, and La Crosse encephalitis are a few examples of the other potential diseases. Additionally, diseases also get imported into Virginia and mosquitoes could also be important vectors of tropical diseases like dengue and chikungunia. When it comes to the safety of your home and loved ones, ensuring the mosquitoes are nowhere in sight is ideal.  Call Exterminating Unlimited, Inc for effective mosquito control to avoid annoying itchy bites and serious ailments.

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