There are many species of mosquitoes in Colorado and for simplicity, we break them down into two genus; Aedes and Culex. The Aedes mosquitoes are floodwater mosquitoes and commonly bite during the day when you get near standing water, marsh, or a pond. These mosquitoes are the ninjas of the insect world and aggressively attack you. Culex mosquitoes are the type of mosquito that is most common in the early mornings and late evenings when the temperature is cooler. Mosquitoes are a major public health concern because of their ability to transmit viruses and parasites to humans. West Nile Disease is the most notable in our region. Mosquitoes are very opportunistic and will lay eggs in all types of standing water or moist soil. One of the biggest keys to success is limiting the amount of standing water around the home or business. Common breeding grounds include; gutters, birdbaths, old tires, buckets, wheelbarrows, flower pots, etc. High populations of Aedes mosquitoes might be from over-watering of your lawns.
Treatments for Mosquitoes
Treatment differs depending on whether we are targeting the larvae or the adults. Larvae are in the water and this treatment is done by adding a larvicide to bodies of standing water to inhibit the larvae from turning into adult mosquitoes. Adult treatments are typically done with a mist blower and harborage areas are treated around the home or business. Treatments are focused on turfgrass and dense vegetation because this is where insects rest during the day. Every location is different and a combination of larvicide and adulticide treatments might be necessary to meet your expectations. We offer both one-time treatments for people who have a big function like weddings, concerts, parties, etc. We also offer ongoing services to keep your backyards or offices comfortable through mosquito season. For best results, these services should be done every 3 weeks to break the breeding cycle of the mosquito. Each year is slightly different, but an average service begins in May and goes through September.
With a single treatment, you should see a massive reduction, if not elimination, of mosquitoes for a short period of time (1 to 3 weeks). Noco Pest and WIldlife Control customers on a regular plan should not see any mosquitoes since breeding sites and harborage sites have been treated. However, mosquitoes can travel miles from breeding sites via the wind. Therefore, it is possible to still get a bite from a mosquito with a treatment from us. The difference between treating and not treating is night and day. The service technician will also educate you on how to minimize your risk for developing breeding sites on your property.