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When to start prepping for mosquitoes

When to Start Preparing for Mosquito Season

Knowing when to start preparing for mosquito season greatly depends on where you live and your local climate. Mosquitoes generally prefer warmer weather, meaning that populations are much higher in hot climates. If you have cold winters in your area, you generally don't have to start worrying about mosquitoes until temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that a good time for most people to start worrying about mosquito prep is between early spring and early summer-sometime between February and June. However, if you live very far south in states such as Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Southern California, you may need year-round mosquito prevention.

Mosquito Control Services Offered by MosquitoNix

As the national leader in mosquito control, MosquitoNix offers safe and convenient solutions for effective mosquito control. We can help you protect yourself and your family from not only the annoyance, but the dangers of mosquitoes around your home. We offer superior mosquito treatments with guaranteed customer satisfaction. From portable to permanent, our mosquito control options are there for you in any situation.

  • Home Mosquito Control

To keep your home mosquito-free, MosquitoNix offers a wide range of different services. Choose custom misting systems or ongoing monthly fogging treatments for more permanent mosquito control. These are great options for the height of mosquito season. Set up a service at your home or your business for worry-free mosquito control. If you have a special event coming up and would like to ensure that your guests are comfortable, we suggest our mosquito spraying treatments. These are great for parties, weddings and other outdoor events. We also offer all-natural treatment options for the environmentally conscious.

  • Portable Mosquito Control

Sometimes you need effective mosquito control on the go. This is why we developed the MosquitoNix On The Go system. This battery-operated mosquito defense unit emits botanically derived insecticide when you need it the most. This portable mosquito mister is ideal for camping and can also be used in patios, backyards and even small outdoor events. In addition to repelling mosquitoes, this unit also controls gnats, flies and other annoying insects.

Other Services Offered by MosquitoNix

  • Pest Control

MosquitoNix can help you with pest problems other than mosquitoes. Our locations in select markets have access to PestFix®, which is our full-service pest control for both residential and commercial properties. Our healthy and holistic pest control services work to eliminate infestations of rodents, ants, flies and odor.

  • Lights and Décor

In addition to offering a wide variety of pest control services, MosquitoNix is happy to help you spread the holiday spirit each year. By supplying lights and decorations, and offering installation, maintenance, removal and storage services, we help our customers turn their homes and businesses into winter wonderlands. This service is available to residential and commercial customers during the holiday season.

Areas Serviced by MosquitoNix

MosquitoNix has been able to become the national leader in mosquito misting systems by growing our business across the Southern U.S. While our corporate headquarters are located in Carrollton, Texas, we have locations in over 500 U.S. cities.

  • Alabama

Find MosquitoNix locations and services in and around Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama.

  • Georgia

We service Atlanta, Georgia and the surrounding area.

  • Florida

Get effective MosquitoNix pest control services in and around Jacksonville, Orlando, Sarasota and Southeast Florida.

  • Texas

If you live in or near Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio or South Texas, you can take advantage of MosquitoNix services.

  • South Carolina

We also service the areas around Charleston and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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Miami Mosquito News Story

In February of 2018, the mayor of South Miami, Florida announced that the city plans to release six million sterile mosquitoes into South Florida in the hopes that they will help cut down on the population of mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. The city has already begun releasing the mosquitoes and plans to continue releasing them in batches of 20,000 at a time between now and July 31, 2018. These measures are being taken after the state received a negative response to the heavy fumigation it ordered when the Zika virus first spread to Florida. An initial trial of the sterile mosquito solution proved to be highly effective in the Florida Keys.

How Sterile Mosquitoes Reduce the Overall Mosquito Population

The sterile mosquitoes being released in Florida are developed by a company called MosquitoMate out of a lab in Kentucky. This company renders thousands of male mosquitoes sterile by infecting them with the Wolbachia bacteria. This strain of bacteria effectively makes it impossible for male mosquitoes to impregnate females. By releasing these sterile male mosquitoes into the habitat of the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, MosquitoMate hopes to reduce the species' population as a whole. This works because, while these males can't impregnate females, they will still mate. The females, having successfully mated with males, will then lay eggs that will never hatch. After a few generations of mosquitoes, the population will be effectively reduced. According to a MosquitoMate representative, the Florida Keys trial showed an 80 percent decrease in the female Aedes aegypti mosquito population.

Are the Sterile Mosquitoes Dangerous?

According to the mayor of South Miami, the bacteria-infected mosquitoes pose no danger. All of the release mosquitoes will be male, which means that they don't drink blood. They won't bite humans or animals, and have no way of transmitting diseases. The Wolbachia bacteria also cannot be spread to humans or animals. There is also no environmental concern about greatly reducing the population of the Aedes aegypti mosquito as it is an invasive species that is not native to Florida.

Effects of Zika Virus and Other Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes

In 2016, the Zika virus gained international attention by rapidly spreading through South America, Central America, Australia, Europe and the southern part of North America. It had previously only been reported in Africa and South Asia. Zika is known to cause serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, in children born to mothers infected with the virus. Microcephaly causes abnormally small heads and brain damage in babies. Other diseases that are commonly transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes include dengue and chikungunya diseases.

What Does This Project Mean for Florida and the Rest of the U.S.?

If the sterile mosquito project produces the desired results in Miami, it's very likely that it will be replicated on a much larger scale. Representatives at MosquitoMate are hopeful that broad-scale sterile mosquito release could be approved by the government as soon as 2019. This means that the rest of Florida could receive the treatment as well as the rest of the southern U.S. and other areas affected by the Zika virus. The current Miami mosquito project has been funded by the Florida Department of Health using funds given as a grant by the Centers for Disease Control.

In the meantime, while you're waiting to see if this project works and if it will come to your area, let MosquitoNix help keep disease-carrying mosquitoes away from your home. To see our full list of services and products, visit our mosquito control services page.

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How Does a Mosquito Fogging Machine Work

What's mosquito fogging and how can it get rid of these pesky pests?

There are fog machines that add special effects to spooky Halloween parties and then there are machines used by the pros to rid outdoor spaces of mosquitoes. While we love a good party, we're here to discuss the latter. Once hot weather sets in, there's good news and bad news. The good news is spending lots of time outdoors; the bad news is dealing with biting, buzzing mosquitoes that are focused on making you miserable. This summer, don't spend your time swatting flying insects or limiting your fun and running back inside because you're "getting eaten alive." Let our fogging treatments help.

What's fogging?

Fogging is an effective, temporary solution to combating unwanted biting, flying pests from taking over your residential or commercial space. Our proprietary QuickNix™ fogging system is a three-step process. After a thorough evaluation of your property by one of our licensed and experienced specialists, the specialist will first use a backpack fogger to apply an eco-friendly formulation in very fine droplets throughout your yard, focusing on areas with thick foliage, bushes, groundcover plants and dense shrubs. The second step is the application of repellant granules across the perimeter of your yard, and the third step involves treating areas susceptible to pooling water or wetlands with a larvacide to prevent the next generation of mosquitoes from continuing the nuisance brigade. We put on our investigating hats as we scour your property for standing water, typically found in low lying spots in the lawn, near HVAC units, birdbaths, flower pots and drains.

How long do treatments last?

Our fogging solution is guaranteed to keep flying insects away from the treated area for 72 hours, making it the perfect attack plan for restaurants with outdoor seating, wedding venues and residences, whether you'll be hosting an outdoor wedding, family reunion or other celebratory occasion. Many customers have found that their space is actually bug-free for two weeks and sometimes longer.

Is fogging effective?

This method is so effective, studies performed show a 90 percent reduction of mosquitoes within the first week of treatment, with a gradual drop thereafter. This battle plan can be a one-time application or can be repeated every three weeks as needed. It's a popular choice for wedding venues, concert centers, parks, farms and virtually any outdoor space.

I have kids and pets, is it safe?

Yes! We know how important it is to keep loved ones safe from harmful chemicals; that's why we use eco-friendly, EPA-approved insecticide, granules and larvacides. For those searching for a gentle, all-natural solution, we suggest trying MosquitoNix® Green. Free of pyrethrins, permethrins or cedar oil, it's instead infused with such natural, gentle ingredients as peppermint oil and clove extract. It's safe for use around dogs and cats 12 weeks or older and little ones. In addition, this treatment is non-staining, so you don't have to worry about unsightly and telltale signs that you treated such areas as turf, asphalt or concrete.

Contact us today to set up a free consultation to better understand how mosquito fogging can bring you relief from one of summer's biggest nuisances.

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How Targeting Genes Can Stop Mosquitoes from Biting

How researchers are closing in on getting mosquitoes to stop biting

True or false: both male and female mosquitos bite humans? If you guessed true, you are wrong. That's right. While males feed on nectar, females feast on blood. Not only do bites cause infuriating itching, they can spread certain infections and diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, dengue and Zika. Fortunately, a team of scientists from the University of Birmingham in the UK, the University of Notre Dame in Paris and researchers in the US, are getting closer to figuring out how to prevent female mosquitoes from biting. After all, if there's no biting, they'll be no more disease transmission.

It's in the genes

While the females are the disease-spreading culprits, not all species are biters. The team of scientists has been hard at work trying to differentiate the biters from the non-biters. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they started looking at 20,000 genes and have identified 902 genes specific to blood-feeding mosquitoes and 478 genes in non-blood feeding mosquitoes. The study was carried out on the Wyeomyia smithii species as they're the only known species that has females that bite and don't bite. The careful method involved directional gene selection which produced an aggressive line of biting mosquitoes and a line of more gentle non-biters.

The research team also examined known metabolic pathways of the isolated genes. They found that key proteins are being produced in both biters and non-biters, but the linking enzymes that determine which metabolic pathways are turned on are missing in the non-biters.

What this means for the future

The method used to isolate biting and non-biting genes in this research will now be used in other species with the goal of isolating universal biting genes. Scientists would then be able to figure out how to suppress the blood-biting behavior while still allowing mosquitoes to thrive and keep their place in the food chain and ecosystem. If they can stop the biting, they can effectively stop the dangerous spread of deadly vector-borne diseases.

In the meantime…

While this news is definitely exciting and researchers are headed in the right direction, we still have to contend with these pesky little critters for a long while. Until the females stop biting, rely on MosquitoNix® to customize a solution for flying insect control that works best for your residential or commercial space. Enjoy your time outdoors even in the hot, humid months by selecting one of our permanent, temporary or portable mosquito control options. Our licensed, trained and friendly specialists will evaluate your property and give you their expert opinion on the best treatment for your specific needs. Our services include custom misting systems, ongoing and monthly fogging treatments, spraying for special events, portable mosquito control and all-natural options. For families with children and pets, our natural sprays are safely made from such botanical ingredients as peppermint oil, chrysanthemum flower extract and clove extract.

Contact us today to set up your free consultation and transform your space into a pest-free outdoor experience.

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How do Mosquitos Bite and Why do they Itch

The battle between humans and mosquitoes has gone on for hundreds of years, and continues today. As soon as you step outside, unprotected, they hover and buzz nearby, awaiting the first opportunity to land and bite without you noticing. When mosquitoes are around, your large size is no match for their oversized desire for a human blood meal. If you've ever wondered how they bite and why their bites make you itch, keep reading.

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite

Vampires are fictional human-like creatures with a big thirst for blood. In real life, mosquitoes are the vampires of the insect world. These flying insects have an insatiable need for blood, but only the females. Female mosquitoes risk annihilation from insecticide, flyswatters and bug zappers for the sole purpose of extracting enough blood to suit their needs. Unlike movie vampires, mosquitoes don't need your blood to live, they need it for egg laying. Human blood contains proteins that help the entire species survive.

Breaking Down the Bite

If you're lucky, you'll hear a mosquito buzz and swat it away before it lands. When you do end up getting bit, it's usually because you're distracted. These bugs are light as a feather, and their biting behavior is so efficient, you often don't realize you've been bitten until the blood-draining culprit has flown off to parts unknown.

When a mosquito lands on your skin, she quickly inserts a mouth piece called a proboscis into your skin. The proboscis is like a tiny straw and it contains several parts. While you're concentrating on something else, the female mosquito uses her proboscis to find a prime blood vessel. As she draws blood through the straw into her body, she also releases saliva containing an anti-coagulant, which keeps the blood flowing freely.

After the bite process is over, your immune system kicks into gear, detecting the presence of mosquito saliva. In reaction to this foreign substance, your body immediately produces histamine to counteract the invasive substance. It's the histamine that triggers the swelling of blood vessels, causing a red bump and irritation at the bite site. This is when you feel that familiar itching sensation and realize you've been bitten by a mosquito.

Bite Remedies: Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch

Whatever you do, resist the temptation to scratch a mosquito bite. Scratching may temporarily feel good, but your nails can easily break the skin, opening the door to infection. It's best to do whatever you can to soothe the itchiness as quickly as possible. Baking soda and water is a natural remedy that works. Simply mix baking soda with enough water to create a thick paste and apply it to the bite area. Roll-on antiperspirant deodorant works well for some people. Or, you can try an anti-itch cream or lotion.

The Dangers of Mosquito Bites

Every mosquito bite comes with a risk of potentially being infected with a disease that causes serious health issues. They are known carriers of viruses such as West Nile and Zika. Mosquitoes breed in large numbers, and while most of them don't carry any harmful virus, the few that do pose a significant threat to public health. Mosquito-borne illnesses can be life-threatening, which is why MosquitoNix offers a convenient portable On-The-Go Dispenser and other eco-friendly mosquito eradication treatments. To speak with one of our friendly mosquito-fighting experts contact us today to set up a free consultation.
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