Why Mosquitoes Are a Problem in Atlanta
Atlanta has consistently ranked as one of, if not the worst city in the United States for mosquitoes. The number of mosquitoes, and consequently the number of illnesses spread through infected bites are significantly higher here than in most other cities.
The primary reason for this is climate. Georgia has cool, dry winters and warm, wet summers that start early. Warm temperatures that persist throughout the year yield a longer season in which mosquitoes can be active. When it rains here, the rain also has a tendency to pool. This causes even more standing water that – when combined with the warmer, humid weather – makes this a haven for mosquitoes.
It’s why Atlanta is also the epicenter for mosquito-borne diseases in the US. West Nile Virus, the most commonly caused mosquito-borne illness in the region, peaks in August and September, and was responsible for 100 cases and 6 deaths in 2019 alone.
West Nile Virus is also not the only disease spread by mosquitoes in Atlanta. Eastern equine encephalitis and LaCrosse virus are the other most common illnesses associated with mosquitoes. In all, the Center for Disease Control discovered the number of cases across these diseases and others tripled over the past ten years, with approximately 1500 cases in Georgia during that time.
Types of Mosquitoes in Atlanta
Throughout Georgia, there are more than 60 species of mosquitoes. The most common, and also the most dangerous, are the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and the Yellow Fever Mosquito (Aedes aegypti). The Asian Tiger Mosquito is active all year and spreads several mosquito borne illnesses. The Yellow Fever Mosquito was recently the main vector for Zika virus.
In addition to these two mosquitoes, the other species groups that are problematic in Atlanta include:
- Anopheles Mosquitoes – Although mosquitoes in this genus more often rely on animals for food and lay eggs in naturally found freshwater, they have a chance of spreading malaria if they do bite.
- Culex Mosquitoes – This mosquito is the most likely to carry and spread West Nile virus, which they contract from biting birds. House mosquitoes exist in this group as they will come inside if possible.
- Aedes Mosquitoes – Beside the albopictus and aegypti varieties, other mosquitoes of this family share similar characteristics. They all rely on human blood as their food source, prefer to breed in containers that hold water, and have the potential to spread disease. They bite most often during daylight hours.
While much of the focus on mosquitos is the risk of disease, the itchy bites themselves are also a serious nuisance. So many families find that their summers are ruined by constant itching, and that spending time outdoors feels like a minefield of parasitic pests. It’s why protecting yourself from these pests is important for your comfort as well as your safety.
Mosquito Treatment Options
When mosquitoes reach their greatest numbers in the summertime, going outside in your yard can become an impossibility – and you may find mosquitoes flying inside as well. This circumstance makes personal mosquito protection, like sprays and candles, insufficient for the number of pests.
To reduce the chances of a mosquito bite, we need to reduce their populations as much as we can. Extermination can eliminate all the mosquitoes on your property and their eggs, and with the right prevention treatments, we can continue to help keep mosquitoes away in the short and long term.
Mosquito Sprays and Larvicides
The traditional way to remove mosquitoes is to exterminate any that are living on your property. We use solutions that are made to address mosquitoes at different life stages. These include:
- Larvicides (placed in water)
- Growth Regulators
Our mosquito experts examine your property to determine what concerns are most prominent, including where mosquitoes are breeding and hiding. They can then recommend the right treatments to reduce the number of mosquitoes.
Depending on the treatment, this mosquito control is performed in water where eggs and young mosquitoes are found and in the bushes and grasses where adult mosquitoes congregate during the day. Treatments last up to month before mosquitoes will begin to return depending on the weather. Ongoing, seasonal mosquito control will help eliminate all year.
Mist Device Installation
Mosquito mist devices are a newer technology designed to prevent and treat mosquitoes in every season with little ongoing maintenance required by the homeowner or pest control service. A mist system is set up to regularly release a mosquito adulticide around your yard, usually twice daily when mosquitoes are active.
We can install mist devices for homeowners that choose this option, placing tubing and misting nozzles throughout your yard to maximize their effectiveness. We are also able to discuss the benefits of a mosquito mist system with you and provide a quote specific to your property.
Contact Nextgen Pest Solutions for Atlanta Mosquito Control
Hot and humid summers are a fact of life in Atlanta, even if they offset the more temperate winters. Mosquitoes may be a fact of life as well when you’re in an outdoor setting, such as walking or biking along the BeltLine. You may not be able to avoid bites everywhere, but you can make sure that you and your family are safer around your home.
Nextgen Pest Solutions brings the latest treatment methods to local homeowners in Atlanta. With our comprehensive methods and in depth, professional service, we can make it safer on your property and help protect you and your family all year. We also offer commercial mosquito treatments for those that need it. Get started with us today.
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