Get Rid of Mosquitoes In Southern California
Mosquitos have sucked blood for longer than humans have existed. Today, especially in the salt marshes of San Diego and the grassy, wet lawns of Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties, mosquitos are a constant enemy for anyone who values their ankles — and their health.
Turns out the lowly mosquito is the most deadly animal in the world. By carrying and transmitting a number of deadly diseases, every year mosquitos kill over 4 million people across the globe. That’s more than lions, sharks, tigers, and bears combined. By a lot.
In San Diego and other areas of Southern California, mosquitoes can transmit diseases like Zika, the West Nile Virus, dengue, yellow fever, and other deadly illnesses. And there’s worse news. Since the late 1990s, invasive Aedes mosquitoes like the hyper-aggressive Asian Tiger Mosquito have moved into Southern California. Not only are Aedes and Asian Tiger Mosquitos more aggressive, they also bite during the day. And yes, they still carry disease.
Mosquitos are an aquatic fly: females lay their eggs in still water, and larvae and pupae live in the water, hatching into the airborne, full-grown adults that we know so well. During the daytime, adult mosquitoes like to hang out underneath the leaves of trees and bushes. In search of a blood meal, some species of mosquitoes can fly 5 miles in one night.
So what’s a homeowner like you to do when your backyard becomes a round-the-clock ankle-biting nightmare? First, try a few simple prevention techniques:
- Dump out any sources of standing water (like buckets, pots, etc.) at least once a week, and try to remove all these temporary standing water sources permanently if possible.
- If you have a pond or water feature, introduce mosquito fish, small freshwater fish that eat mosquito larvae. (Note: mosquito fish should never be introduced to a natural waterway, because they are invasive.)
- Make sure your doors and windows are properly screened.
- Wear long sleeves and pants, and use an EPA-approved insect repellent like DEET.
Homeowners who need help with mosquito infestations around their homes can trust Lloyd Pest Control. We’ve been customizing our mosquito-killing programs for decades, and with new tools, we can significantly reduce mosquito populations around your home. We don’t use foggers or mist-blowers, which target mosquitoes indiscriminately. Instead, our specialized In2Care systems trick mosquitoes into contaminating the water sources they lay their eggs in. Larvacide stops mosquito larvae and pupae from growing into adults. And a naturally-occurring fungus kills adult mosquitoes, too. It’s extremely effective, and safe for you, your family, and your pets.