Cowart Pest Services provides a mosquito service to spray bushes and shrubs to eliminate them where they rest on the underside of leafy plants. Cowart Pest Services provides guaranteed mosquito control for residential and commercial accounts. Protect your family from this dangerous nuisance by calling 229-219-7223.

Guaranteed Mosquito Control

Mosquito larvae and pupae live in water. Various species have become adapted to living in practically all kinds of water except fast-flowing streams and the open portions of large bodieds of water, where there is considerable wave action.

Mosquito larvae live in water, but they must either surface for air or obtain it from the underwater protions of plants. Larvae have a well-defined head, thorax, and abdomen. Larvae go through four instars, usually in a period of 4 to 10 days, to form pupae. The pupa lives in water and, like the larvae, is quite active. When ready to hatch, the pupa rises to the surface, and the pupal skin breaks. The adult works its way out of the pupal skin and uses the skin for support until the body wall has hardened enough for the adult to be capable of flight. Males usually emerge first and wait near the hatching point to mate with the females soon after they emerge. Most female mosquitoes must have a blood meal before they can lay fertile eggs. The adult female is the only stage that feeds on blood. The mouthparts of the adult male are not suitable for blood sucking. Therefore, their nourishment is normally derived from nector and plant juices.

Here are some general guidelines to follow to minimize the incidence of mosquites and our exposure to the diseases they transmit.

Remove all standing water from your yard in such locations as childrens toys, saucers or flower pots; clean or remove pool covers that is holding standing water; cover rain barrels with mosquito proof netting; and clean gutters and rain spouts.
If you have standing water in your yard, you may apply larvicide to control mosquitoes in the larval stage. Your local Public Works Department may have larvicide tables available for you. In Valdosta, Georgia they are available at 1017 Myrtle Street, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (publication: Valdosta City Beat, April – June 2010 article)

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