Mosquitoes in Alabama
Mosquitoes are generally active in the early morning hours, around dusk and into the night. While there are some differences in the duration of mosquito activity, they are most likely to cause problems in all but the colder months of the year.
Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, but also bite by consuming the host's blood and causing red, itchy bumps. However, the possible transmission of diseases is the more serious problem created by their blood feeding activities. In fact, mosquitoes in Alabama are known to be capable of transmitting several diseases.
For example, the potential for transmission or actual cases of mosquito borne diseases in the state include:
The potential of mosquito transmitted diseases is expected to increase in Alabama as worldwide travelers bring these mosquito borne diseases to parts of the state visited and residents returning home from areas where these diseases are endemic.
Mosquito management for Alabama property owners is an integrated program that includes removing water, the mosquito's source of development from their immature (non-biting) stage to the adult (biting) stage. Without water, mosquitoes cannot complete their life cycle and increase their numbers.
The most important component of a mosquito reduction program is source reduction. This can be accomplished by either removing areas of standing water or by using mosquito growth regulators and control products to kill mosquitoes.
Since mosquito management usually is a large, somewhat complex undertaking, homeowners should consider seeking the advice and services of a knowledgeable and experienced mosquito professional. The professionals at Orkin will conduct a comprehensive inspection of the property, collect and identify mosquitoes found on the property.
Identification is very important since different types of mosquitoes have different behavioral characteristics. In other words, there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" when it comes to mosquito management.
Once your inspection is complete, the Orkin Pro will provide a pest management plan designed specifically to address the mosquito issues found on your property.