Mosquito Platoon Newsletter
Here, we will post informative content to help you evaluate your mosquito and insect protection needs. We'll also add tips and tricks to get the most from your Mosquito Platoon services.
Mosquito Awareness Week
By: Zulieka Mesquita
Each year, the week of June 26th is the National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the Mosquito Control Association, also known as the AMCA. This is a week where the general public is educated about the significance of mosquitoes and the importance of services provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and Worldwide. By using Mosquito Platoon services you can eliminate most of your mosquitoes in your yard. However, if you know of friends and family not using the service you can forward these tips on how to eliminate these pests, and educate themselves on mosquitoes.
Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying. Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected. Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.
Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week. Protect boats and vehicles from the rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
In situations where you are not protected by the 21-day barrier and Enviro-spray, cover your skin with clothing and repellent. Also, with properties not using the mosquito spray service, doors and windows with screens can be sprayed with repellant to keep mosquitoes out.
According to Florida Department of Health in October 2013, repellents with 10-30 percent of DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to protect children that are younger than 2 months old.
For the usage of any bug repellant, here are a couple tips. Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children. Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET are generally recommended. These products are available at your local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label. Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing. For the protection of children, which is extremely important, read the label instructions to be sure the repellent is age appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquito repellent containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of 3 years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months old. Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child's skin and clothing. If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer's directions.
According to Wigglesworth V.B (1993) in “The Adaption of Mosquito”, the Mosquitoes are part of a family of small, midge like flies called Culicidae. Although a few species are harmless or even useful to humanity, most are considered a nuisance because they consume blood from living vertebrates, including humans. The females of many species of mosquitoes are blood eating pests. While feeding on blood, some of them transmit extremely harmful human and livestock diseases, such as malaria, yellow fever, and filariasis. Over 3,500 species of mosquitoes have already been described from various parts of the world. Some mosquitoes that bite humans routinely act as vectors for a number of infectious diseases affecting millions of people per year.
Others that do not routinely bite humans, but are vectors for animal diseases, may become disastrous agents for zoonosis of new diseases when their habitats are disturbed, such as sudden deforestation. Mosquitoes go through four stages in their lifecycles: egg, larva, pupa and adult or imago. In most species, adult females lay their eggs in stagnant water. Some lay eggs near the water’s edge, while others attach their eggs to aquatic plants. Each species selects the situation of the water into which it lays its eggs and does so according to its own ecological adaption. Some are generalists and are not fussy. Some breed in lakes, while some breed in temporary puddles. They also may breed in fresh water marshes or salt water marshes. Among those that breed in salt water, some are equally at home in fresh water. In areas of salt water, they need up to about one third the concentration of seawater, whereas others must acclimatize themselves to the salinity. Such differences are important because some certain preferences keep mosquitoes away from humans, whereas other preferences bring them right into houses at night.
According to a Virginia Tech study in May 2007, adult mosquitoes usually mate within a few days after emerging from the pupae stage. In most species, the males form large swarms, usually around dusk, and the females fly into swarms to mate. Males typically live for about a week, feeding on nectar and other sources of sugar. After obtaining a full blood meal, the female will rest for a few days while the blood is digested and eggs are developed. This process depends on the temperature, but usually takes two to three days in tropical conditions. Once the eggs are fully developed, the female lays them and resumes host seeking.
In managing public health, knowing which species, even which strains, of mosquitoes which one is dealing with is important. So this season, take the tips I provided and protect yourself and your family this summer.
To take extra care, call Mosquito Platoon so we can service your property and get rid of the mosquitoes. You and your loved ones will be able to enjoy your outside without getting any nasty bites!