Avoiding Mosquito Problems in the Summer Months

Dugas Pest Control provides mosquito control service in New Orleans and Baton Rouge Louisiana

Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance; they carry disease and health risks that can be especially dangerous for elders and young children. And in case you didn’t know it, mosquitoes LOVE summer!

While you can’t stop the plague of mosquitoes in southern Louisiana all together, you can make smart decisions that will protect your home and your family from bites and other problems. The most important factor is that you prevent the pests from breeding, as this will greatly reduce numbers around your home while also reducing the risk of being bitten and spreading transferable diseases.

Tips for Preventing Mosquitoes from Breeding

If mosquitoes don’t have water, they can’t breed. Water is necessary for all stages of the breeding process, so eliminating this source is highly effective.

  • Empty out all outdoor things – watering cans, bird baths, swimming pools, barrels – that can hold water. If possible, turn them over so water can’t pool in them, or continue to dump out the standing water.

  • Maintain your swimming pool. Small plastic kid pools should be emptied regularly and stored inside when not in use. Larger pools should be cleaned and have chlorine levels maintained.

  • Prevent outdoor leaks. Window air conditioning units tend to leak, and the water will pool on the ground. Plumbing that runs outside can also be affected by the temperature, resulting in small leaks. Have these repaired immediately; it conserves water, too.

  • Empty and clean plant pans. These tend to collect excess water from the plants, and they are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Empty and clean the liners at least once a week.

  • Clean bird baths. We understand that you may enjoy having native birds come to your home, but bird baths are breeding grounds for pests. If you choose to have a bird bath, change the water and scrub down the bath at least once a week.

  • Mow your lawn weekly. Not only will your neighbors appreciate it, but also it will prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs in tall patches of grass.

Tips for Preventing Mosquito Bites

By preventing mosquitoes from breeding, you’re doing your home and family a big favor. By working together, a community can make a real difference in mosquito problems! Unfortunately, the Louisiana weather and rains still produce a great place for mosquitoes to live, so you must continue to practice good habits when outdoors to protect yourself from bites. Here are a few helpful pointers for preventing mosquito bites.

  • Wear insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing. The best ones are EPA-registered, so look for this label.

  • Cover up sensitive areas. We know the LA summers are hot, but if you’ll be camping, there’s no reason not to wear a long sleeve shirt or pants at night.

  • Avoid mosquito prime times. This includes dusk and dawn, so avoid them when possible. If you are out at this time (we know how Louisiana residents love their fishing!), wear long sleeves and pants, a hat and insect repellent.

  • Support local programs in your area. You can learn a lot about what your community wants you to do to protect your neighborhood, such as by applying insecticides.

  • Know the symptoms of West Nile. By identifying West Nile early on, you can treat the symptoms. The most common effects include a fever, stiff neck, headache and disorientation. Seventy to 80 percent of people have no side effects, however.

Mosquitoes may be pests, but we have to share the environment with them. Thankfully, proactive measures go a long way in keeping your family protected. In addition to keeping mosquitoes away from the home, keep them out of your home. Make sure that all screens are tight-fitting and secured, with no holes or gaps. This will prevent other pests from staying out of the home as well.

If you need the help of professional help with mosquito control, don’t hesitate any longer.  Dugas Pest Control offers cutting edge technology using the Coastal Mister system to rid your property of mosquitoes.

Top 10 reasons to get rid of mosquitoes using the Coastal Mosquito System

We might joke about mosquitoes being the state bird of Louisiana, but if you have a mosquito problem around your home or business it is no laughing matter.  Mosquitoes not only annoy us, but also spread potentially serious diseases even here locally in the Baton Rouge / southern Louisiana area.

If you have grown tired of poor results from mosquito control products that are “do it yourself” or purchased from a big box store, we’d like to suggest you take a closer look at the CoastalMister System™.  In fact, we even came up with a “Top 10” list of reasons this product beats any you’ve seen before.

 Top 10 Reasons to Consider the CoastalMister™ System for Mosquito Control:

  1. Health: Mosquito-borne diseases like Malaria, Yellow Fever, West Nile Virus, Gengue, and Encephalitis all pose a serious health threat. Protect you and your family against the risk today.
  2. Safety: Pyrethrum is a natural insecticide extracted from Chrysanthemum flowers; it is EPA registered, and leaves no residue. We are Eco-friendly and safe to the environment.
  3. Effective: The system kills mosquitoes, flies, and gnats. It works and it works well.
  4. Comfort: Your family, clients, and workers can once again enjoy the outdoors.
  5. Adaptability: The system can be designed to fit the needs of the most unique landscapes and outdoor areas.
  6. Convenience: The system has four operation modes giving you total control or hands-free operation. With four speeds; Automatic, manual, remote control and timer (optional).
  7. Low Cost: Pyrethrum concentrates are highly diluted and will provide months of protection.
  8. Guaranteed: Your satisfaction is guaranteed with a one year warranty.
  9. Experienced technical support: Available for installation and maintenance support.
  10. Customized: The CoastalMister System™ option gives you the flexibility to choose according to your needs and budget. Our skilled technicians are ready to help you better protect your home or business.

So why not try it today? We provide pest control services for communities in the following parishes: East Baton Rouge, St. Landry, Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, St. John, St. Charles, Assumption, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche and Tangipahoa and hope to serve in neighboring areas soon.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us online or give us a call today to schedule your free inspection and estimate.

Serious health issues that come from mosquitoes

While mosquitoes may merely seem like an inconvenience to some outdoorsy types, they are actually a major source of serious diseases worldwide.  Here are a few facts you may not know about mosquito-spread illness:

  • It is estimated that mosquitoes transmit deadly diseases to more than 70 million people every year!
  • Worldwide, malaria is a leading cause of premature mortality, particularly in children under the age of five, with around 5.3 million deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
  • The viral diseases Yellow Fever and Dengue Fever are transmitted mostly by the Aedesaegypti mosquitoes.
  • Other viral diseases such as the Epidemic Polyarthritis, Rift Valley Fever, Ross River Fever, St. Louis Encephalitis, West Nile Virus (WNV), Japanese Encephalitis, La Crosse Encephalitis.
  • Several other encephalitis type diseases are carried by several additional types of different mosquitoes too.

Health threats in the United States

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE) occur widely within the United States. Together they contribute disease to humans, horses, and even some bird species. Because of the high mortality rate, EEE and WEE are regarded as two of the most serious mosquito-borne diseases in the United States. Symptoms range from mild flu-like illness to Encephalitis, coma and unfortunately, death. West Nile virus was introduced into the United States in 1999. As quickly as 2003 it had spread to almost every state with over 3,000 cases reported in 2006 alone.

Mosquito Control Recommendation

While the facts are considerably downbeat, there are preventative and treatable options available on the market to help eliminate these pests and help curb the spread of diseases – and the one we prefer at Dugas Pest Control is the Coastal Mister system.

CoastalMister™ is an Outdoor Solutions, Inc. product and service dedicated to the prevention and relief of Malaria. With years of expert research and development by experienced scientists, chemists, and tntomologists, Dugas Pest Control is proud to offer the current Version IV to the CoastalMister System™. This system is an automatic, reliable mosquito control alternative with advanced misting light sensor patent-pending Dusk-Dawn technology.

Coastal Mister offers not only the top of the line mosquito control, but also reliable customer support and service.