BEAT THE BITE.
Our unique Mosquito Control formula has been proven to reduce mosquito populations in treated areas by more than 90% in two to three weeks.1 And it's effective on a wide range of mosquito types, including hard-to-control urban species.
Our outdoor Mosquito Control will effectively shut down mosquitoes and help you take back your yard. Not only does this effective Mosquito Control solution kill mosquitoes where they live and breed — it’s safe around kids, pets and for the environment. With monthly treatments, your family is protected all season long.
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HOW MOSQUITO CONTROL WORKS:
Once a month during mosquito season, your Terminix® specialist will strategically spray non-flowering vegetation and other typical mosquito hideouts with our exclusive dual-action formula.
This Mosquito Control solution is one part sugar-based attractant that draws them in to feed. The second part is a killing agent that ensures they won’t feed on people again.
- STEP 1: BAIT
Once a month during mosquito season, we’ll strategically spray areas around your exterior that attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are attracted to and feed on this irresistible bait.
- STEP 2: KILL
After mosquitoes ingest the bait, they stop feeding on people. They stop biting you, and they soon die.
- STEP 3: COLLAPSE
As they die off, the mosquito population collapses – more than 90% in just two to three weeks.1
DEATH TO MOSQUITOES
An ode to the newest weapon in our war against mosquitoes: Attractive Targeted Sugar Bait, narrated by Ron Perlman. This summer, the best way to get rid of mosquitoes is as environmentally safe as it is deadly.
KNOW THE ENEMY: MOSQUITOES
Mosquitoes are a nuisance that can shut down fun outdoor activities. Understanding mosquito habits can help minimize your chances of attracting them.
And fewer mosquito attractions alongside our mosquito service means more effective outdoor mosquito control.
MOSQUITOES IN THE UNITED STATES
Scientists estimate that, worldwide, there are about 3,500 different species of mosquitoes. We have about 175 species in the United States, although different states host different species and, at most, high-mosquito states have around 84 species.
THE MOSQUITO BITE
When it comes to survival, mosquitoes feed on sugary nectar for energy. The mosquitoes that bite and suck blood are actually females, who require a blood meal in order to produce eggs.
Unfortunately, because different species bite at different times, there is no set time of day to look out for. Some species bite during the evening and nighttime hours, while others bite almost exclusively during the day. This makes avoiding mosquito bites difficult and effective mosquito control that much more important.
MOSQUITOES AND THEIR BREEDING SITES
Mosquitoes are weak, slow flyers, only moving around 1 to 1.5 miles per hour. This leads to mosquitoes preferring not to fly in a breeze or wind.
Their flight range differs by species. Some species only fly around 100 yards from their breeding site. If you encounter these species, they likely came from a breeding site on your property.
That’s not always the case, though. Some mosquito species may fly up to 40 miles from the breeding site before biting.
THE MOSQUITO LIFE CYCLE
On average, the mosquito life cycle takes about 10 days to two weeks to complete. Under the right conditions, though, it can happen in as little as five to seven days.
The mosquito life cycle starts with a female laying eggs either directly on the surface of standing water or around the edges. After one blood meal, a female can lay up to 250 eggs or so, depending on the species. After about two days, larvae hatch.
Larvae then move through four stages, all the while requiring microorganisms in the standing water to feed on. Also, they breathe the air they need to survive through a tube that attaches to the water’s surface.
Next is the pupal stage. This stage does not feed, and lasts about two days. The adult mosquito is simply developing inside the pupal case.
When ready, the pupa moves to the water’s surface, and the adult mosquito slowly emerges. It sits for a while, allowing its wings to dry and body to harden. The mosquito then flies off to look for a meal of sugary nectar to supply a boost of energy for the start of its life as an adult.
MOSQUITOES OR FLYING INSECTS
THAT LOOK LIKE MOSQUITOES?
Like other insects, mosquitoes have a head, thorax and abdomen. They can be confused with other flying insects, especially other flies.
Some of the other flying insects that can be incorrectly identified as mosquitoes include:
- Crane flies
- Fungus gnats
BEATING THE BITE
BEFORE THEY TAKE FLIGHT
There’s no substitute for our revolutionary mosquito control service. But there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of attracting mosquitoes.
As mentioned above, mosquito flight patterns usually originate from a breeding site. Eliminating mosquito breeding sites should mean less mosquitoes in the surrounding area.
Mosquito eggs, larvae and pupae all develop in water. The water must be present for several days, be relatively stagnant and must have some organic materials in it for the larvae to feed on. Clear, clean water that sits only for two or three days will not breed mosquitoes.
To ensure the best mosquito control, scan your yard for potential breeding sites. Look for anything, large or small, that will hold water. Potential trouble spots could include:
Wheelbarrows and other tools
One wheelbarrow full of water can easily produce enough hungry mosquitoes to infest a whole neighborhood.
Water that has no place to go can collect rapidly.
The insides of tires provide a particularly good spot for mosquitoes – especially for Asian tiger mosquitoes – because they often hold stagnant water. Also check tire swings in the yard.
When trying to employ backyard mosquito control, toys left out can be more dangerous than fun. A toy truck in the backyard can collect rainwater and leaves, and have several dozen mosquito larvae breeding inside.
Preventing and minimizing possible mosquito breeding sites will help make sure you don’t sabotage your mosquito control efforts. And it will help make sure your mosquito service delivers at its maximum effectiveness and allows you to beat the bite.