Charlotte, NC Mosquito Control
If mosquitoes are keeping you from enjoying backyard gatherings, gardening, or any other outdoor activity, it’s time to take your yard back from these biting insects with Noosa’s Mosquito Reduction services.
The Growing Mosquito Problem
Technically speaking, mosquitoes are seasonal pests. Unfortunately, in the state of North Carolina, the mosquito season has expanded, with North Carolina Policy Watch noting how the climate during nearly half of the year in our state is now ideal for this biting pest. Here’s another problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shared how diseases carried by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas tripled in the United States from 2014 to 2016. Plus, for a while after Hurricane Florence, North Carolina had an influx of mosquitoes —the “gallinippers”—that could grow to three times the size of a typical one.
Types of Mosquitoes
Approximately 60 species of mosquitoes live in North Carolina, although a few species are among the most problematic. They include the following two:
- Asian Tiger Mosquitoes: This species breeds in water found in bird baths, buckets, flowerpots, and so forth. They live all around the state and are active and biting day and night. The Asian Tiger can carry a type of encephalitis and chikungunya, and may also carry the Zika virus.
- Northern House Mosquitoes: This type is also located all around the state, but they prefer to come out at night. They like to breed in ditches and in-ground pools and, sometimes, they can carry the West Nile virus.
According to the CDC, mosquitoes can spread a significant number of diseases; the ones mentioned above may be the most likely for our region. Because some of the diseases spread by this pests still don’t have medicines available to treat them, managing the mosquito population is crucial.
Certain people seem more prone to getting bitten and that is likely because the person’s body scent is more appealing to this pest—or, more accurately, to the females. Male mosquitoes don’t bite. The bug’s saliva can then trigger an allergic reaction in a bitten person, which is the cause of the red and itchy bump that can appear on the skin. Swelling may appear on the bite site and some people can also get blisters or hives.
If you get bitten, wash the area with soap and water and do your best not to scratch. Itching the area can increase the chances of bacteria entering the body and causing an infection. For relief, use an anti-itch cream or calamine lotion; put ice on the area; take an over-the-counter antihistamine; and elevate that area of the body.
If these home remedies don’t help or the area appears to be infected, you can ask your doctor for a prescription application. If, after a bite, you or a loved one experiences fever, shortness of breath, or vomiting, get medical attention immediately.
About the Zika virus
Do you have concerns about the Zika virus? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the most up-to-date information on this mosquito-borne disease. There is no medicine or vaccine for Zika, so it’s important to know how to reduce your exposure to mosquitoes.
Get some Zika virus insight from our Chief Bugman, Fred Wingate!
Watch this behind-the-scenes footage of how our Mosquito Reduction service works!
Proven Cost Effective Mosquito Control
We know how important it is to our customers to balance safety and effectiveness with mosquito treatments. That’s why our trained technicians use the highest standards when delivering your services, applying treatments without cutting any corners. We are so committed to this level of service that it sets us apart from many other companies that offer mosquito control near you.
Because these pests can breed at an incredible rate, with one female able to lay 100 eggs at a single time, frequency of the mosquito treatment applications is crucial. The ideal frequency is every 21 days and that may in fact be the most important part of effective treatment and is vital for its success.
Noosa Pest Management strictly follows this schedule to control the mosquito population and protect your family—and your home and yard. You can find ways that you can help to keep the population down in our FAQs at the bottom of this page under the Q&A for “How can I prevent mosquitoes?”
We use the latest equipment and products that are low toxicity while still being effective. This approach is good for you, your family, and the beneficial insects in your yard, such as honey bees, which we always try to keep safe and healthy.
Our mosquito exterminators treat your yard everywhere that mosquitoes hide during the day—under the leaves of plants and shrubs, in mulched beds, and more as part of our cost effective, proven mosquito treatment strategy.
Noosa’s Mosquito Treatment Plans
Our mosquito reduction program goes beyond the occasional application of insecticide to your outdoor spaces to give you the greatest protection. Proper mosquito reduction programs involve systematic, comprehensive, and knowledgeable strategies that involve more time, planning, and expertise than the average operator providing mosquito control near you can handle.
Contact the Pros at Noosa Pest Management
At our locally owned and operated family business, we’re much more than mosquito exterminators. We provide a wide range of residential and commercial pest management services with each one providing low impact solutions to minimize its ecological effect. In short, besides being pest management pros, we are also stewards of our natural environment.
If you need mosquito control services in Charlotte, don't wait to get in touch—we offer free, no-obligation mosquito reduction evaluations so there’s no risk to you. Call us at 704-499-9922 or contact us online.
Mosquito Control FAQs
We will always have to deal with some mosquitoes in our yard, but we can greatly reduce their numbers with a comprehensive treatment plan.
The most effective strategy includes a multi-pronged approach, including:
- Product application: Indiscriminate spraying only goes so far in reducing the mosquito population. For the greatest effectiveness, products must be applied carefully and in all of the locations where mosquitoes are likely to hide and breed, such as the undersides of foliage and in all shaded areas. At Noosa, we never cut corners on how and where we apply the products that can help protect you, your family, and your pets from these dangerous pests.
- Application frequency: Some pest control companies provide mosquitoes treatments once a month at most. At Noosa, we know that the key to effectiveness is to repeat mosquito treatments every 21 days throughout the height of mosquito season. This is because a female mosquito can lay more than 100 eggs at a time, so there is a constant cycle of new mosquitoes waiting to invade your yard. This frequency is one of the most important aspects of our mosquito reduction service.
- Preventative measures: Professional mosquito treatments are essential to keeping mosquito populations down, but efforts on the part of property owners are important as well. Making your yard a less hospitable environment for mosquitoes is key.
Your own mosquito control measures should focus on depriving these insects of the water they need at each stage of their lives, from larvae to adults. There are a few types of water habitats that mosquitoes seek, including floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall and container habitats, which are something you can control.
There are some easily spotted habitats that you might be providing in your yard, such as stagnant birdbaths or fountains that don’t circulate water, both of which should be emptied often. Less obvious sources of water—and it doesn’t take but the equivalent of a capful of water for egg laying—may be found throughout your yard. Here’s what to look for and empty:
- Trays beneath plants and flower pots
- Children’s toys, pools and playsets
- Pet food and water bowls
- Folds in the covers of grills, cars and boats
- Gardening and yard equipment, such as wheelbarrows, buckets and fertilizer spreaders
- Clogged gutters and downspouts
- Garbage cans with no lids
More steps you can take to reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property is to keep it free of yard debris such as dead foliage. Keep grasses and other types of growth well-trimmed to eliminate some of the spots that provide shady hiding places for mosquitoes.
Lastly, inspect screens on doors and windows to make sure there are no tiny holes that allow mosquitoes to get inside your home, and seal any gaps with weather stripping.
As with any type of pest control, there are products available to homeowners on the shelves of hardware, grocery, and big box stores that kill mosquitoes. These include mosquito foggers and mosquito sprays for yards. The issues with do-it-yourself pest control—and mosquito control in particular—are the safe and proper application of these products and their effectiveness. In some cases, such as with devices that trap mosquitoes, you may even end up attracting all types of pests and more of them. Wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is paramount for your own safety as well.
Professional mosquito control providers have training and experience in locating the areas of your outdoor spaces where mosquitoes are much more likely to be. In addition they have access to the latest and most effective products to reduce mosquito populations in all types of environments.
We do! Our truck-mounted mosquito service is called on to support counties and municipalities in North and South Carolina when mosquito populations surge to high levels. We provide truck-mounted mosquito ULV sprayers and truck-mounted mosquito fogging services, both of which use botanical options to lessen the environmental impact of these applications, which is always a goal at Noosa. We’re a proud part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program.
We serve these North Carolina and South Carolina cities and more, offering solutions to all of your pest control problems, from termites to bed bugs:
- Charlotte, NC
- Fort Mill, NC
- Huntersville, NC
- Cornelius - Lake Norman, NC
- Mooresville, NC
- Matthews, NC
- Davidson, NC
- Tega Cay, SC
- Indian Land, SC
- York, SC
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