Every year, it seems like there's a new mosquito-borne disease in Huntsville, Alabama. First, it was West Nile virus. Now, we have problems with chikungunya, dengue fever and several types of encephalitis. There's a raging battle against the invasive mosquitoes that carry these diseases.
Invasive Mosquitoes in Huntsville
Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquito, are major health concerns because they are vectors of several life-threatening diseases. Both species carry exotic viruses like Zika and chikungunya. Researchers at Auburn University say that these invasive species have only become a problem in our area within the past 40 years.
Asian tiger mosquitoes can easily overwinter in our mild climate. Although this species came from the tropics, new generations have quickly adapted to the cooler weather. Fortunately, the yellow fever mosquito doesn't overwinter well even though it's present in Huntsville and the rest of the state. These insects are active during the day and at dusk. This behavior is unusual because isn't seen in native species.
Options for Controlling Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are such a serious concern in Huntsville that the city operates its own vector control division that manages mosquito activity on more than 120,000 acres of public land. Spraying is a popular option for mosquito control, but it's more effective when combined with environmental changes, such as eliminating standing water or treating areas where moisture cannot be removed. That's why we use a multi-pronged approach that eliminates approximately 95 percent of mosquitoes on your property.
At MosquitoNix Alabama, we offer one-time treatments, and we install discreet misting systems that provide ongoing protection from these bloodsucking pests. Here's how it works:
- We start by spraying foliage where adult mosquitoes lurk. If we install a mosquito misting system around your home, you can treat your yard with the touch of a button. All ingredients are derived from insect-repellent plants like rosemary, geranium and chrysanthemum.
- With our QuickNix treatment program, we'll apply repellent granules around the perimeter of your property and in areas that are hot spots for pest activity. This long-lasting blend of plant-based ingredients banishes mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and other pests.
- Finally, we apply biological larvicides to mosquito breeding grounds and areas where moisture supports the eggs and larvae. This step prevents thousands of mosquitoes from maturing so that you can spend more time outside enjoying the summer weather.
We are experts in mosquito control. That's what we do. For information about one-time spraying or plant-based misting systems that are installed on your property for regular use, contact MosquitoNix of Alabama.