If you live in the south or the midwest, then you may notice an issue with mosquitos on your property. This is especially true if you have large areas of stagnant water around your home. And, while you do want to implement an integrated approach to mosquito prevention and reduction, certain types of treatments can be highly effective in keeping your home mosquito-free. Keep reading to learn about a few of them.
A larvicide is a chemical agent or treatment that is meant to control the mosquito larvae to make sure that they are unable to turn into adult mosquitos. These products kill larvae specifically and are added to stagnant bodies of water where mosquitos have been seen or where they are suspected. Since the chemicals are added to the water itself, fluids are often utilized. Much like other types of pesticides, sprayers are used to spread them, and professionals will often use backpack-type devices to release them.
There are a few different mechanisms of action that allow the larvicides to work. They may contain chemicals that keep mosquito larvae from digesting food, or they may stop them from effectively transforming into adult insects. Other fluids act to affect the nervous systems of the larvae and cause them to die.
Killing larvae is advisable if you are concerned about young children or older adults on your property being exposed to insect-borne illnesses. Basically, with this treatment, at-risk populations are not exposed to mosquitos, so sickness is far less likely.
Adulticides are pesticides that are able to kill the adult mosquitos. This helps to reduce populations by stopping adults from breeding, releasing eggs, and creating more mosquitos. The pesticides are best used if you already have a highly active mosquito problem and see the insects on your property. They also work well if there are nearby bodies of water where you think the mosquitos are breeding. Effectively, you can control the overall population regardless of where the breeding is taking place.
Most adulticides are agents that affect the nervous systems of the insects. And the products can be sprayed as a mist or fog across your property. To help the chemicals work, your pest control specialist may also utilize substances that help the pesticides work or spread more easily across your property.
If you want to know more about mosquitos and mosquito treatments, speak with a pest control specialist.