Mosquito Control Services
Advanced Termite and Pest Control has many years of providing Charleston Mosquito Control Services. We treat areas where biting bugs live and breed on your property. We will even provide a homeowner checklist detailing how you can help prevent their reproduction in the future. Our service does reduce mosquitoes significantly but does not replace the need for you to protect people and pets from mosquito bites. The treatment does not prevent illnesses or diseases that could occur due to mosquitoes or other pests. However, with the amount of mosquitoes we get, everyone in the Charleston area should have mosquito control.
Go outdoors without getting eaten alive!
Mosquitoes rest on the underside of leaves, foliage, and other materials, so that’s where we target our treatments. We safely treat shrubbery and trees within 6-10 feet of the ground, and up to 100’ away. Your property is thoroughly inspected to help identify breeding areas that contribute to problems. A checklist is provided to the property owner detailing how to limit their reproduction in the future.
Mosquito Control Facts
Mosquitoes find hosts by sight (they observe movement); by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies; and by chemical signals (mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and lactic acid, among other chemicals) at distances of 25 to 35 meters.
• The average mosquito takes in about 5-millionths of a liter of blood during feeding.
• In order to obtain energy, both male and female mosquitoes feed upon plant nectars – much in the same manner as honeybees.
• Blondes tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes than brunettes.
• Women are usually more attractive to mosquitoes than men because of the difference in hormones produced by the sexes.
• Salt marsh mosquitoes can migrate up to 40 miles for a meal.
• A full moon increased mosquito activity 500% in one study.
• Black is the most attractive color to mosquitoes, followed closely by red. Grays and blues have neutral attractancy. Khaki, green, light khaki, and yellow are not attractive, with white being the least attractive color to mosquitoes.
• Mosquito species preferring to breed around the house, like the Asian Tiger Mosquito, have limited flight ranges of about 300 feet. Most species have flight ranges of 1-3 miles.
• Asian Tiger Mosquitoes have been found breeding in tree-holes over 40 feet above ground.
• Mosquitoes have been found breeding up to 14,000 feet in the Himalayas and 2000 feet underground in mines in India.
• Most adult female mosquitoes live 2-3 weeks, during which time they can feed 4 or 5 times, laying eggs after each meal. Some species that overwinter in garages, culverts and attics can live as long as 6 months.
Problems With Alternative Mosquito Control Methods
• Unnecessary use of insecticide or chemicals
• The indiscriminate killing of beneficial insect populations and other non-target organisms
• Promotion of insecticide resistance
• Risk of pesticide exposure
• Incompatible with integrated pest management practices (additional methods are neglected)
• Lack of efficacy data (there is little to demonstrate that these systems actually work)
There are no set-and-forget mosquito trap devices. Each requires maintenance: propane tanks need replacement, capture nets need emptying, adhesive boards require replacement, and grids require cleaning.
Depending upon their placement, wind direction, and inherent trapping efficiency, traps may actually draw more mosquitoes into an area than they can possibly catch. There is no documented study to show that bats, purple martins, or other predators consume enough adult mosquitoes to provide any meaningful reduction in biting pressure.
• There are 176 species of mosquito in the United States. At least 62 of these have been found infected with the West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV is transmitted from infected birds to humans by mosquitoes. There are thousands of WNV cases and hundreds of deaths nationally each year. Severe cases are marked by the occurrence of convulsions, paralysis, coma, and/or death.
• Mosquitoes are the only known means of transmission of the causal agents of malaria, yellow fever, some types of encephalitis, dengue, and filariasis. The malaria parasite has been responsible for half of all human deaths since the Stone Age. Today, it sickens 300 million every year despite the fact that we know how to prevent it.
• Over 1 million people die from mosquito-borne diseases every year.