Posts by Mosquito Wizard

Raleigh Ranks Among Worst US Cities for Mosquitoes

Raleigh Ranks Among Worst US Cities for Mosquitoes

If you moved to the Raleigh area from some other part of the country, you may think the mosquitos seem worse here. You’re right. Raleigh ranks No. 6 on a list of the 20 worst cities for mosquito activity in the US. The ranking is put together each year by Orkin based on numbers of customers serviced. The list includes nine cities in the southeast, with Atlanta catching the top spot. Mosquitos love warm, humid places, and the North Carolina certainly qualifies. Mosquitos are most active during the summer months, as you might guess. But with our warmer temperatures in Raleigh and Cary,...

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3 Things You Didn’t Know about Mosquitoes that Can Kill You (or Your Pet)

3 Things You Didn’t Know about Mosquitoes that Can Kill You (or Your Pet)

Mosquitoes are pesky insects, and many Raleigh and Cary residents are searching for mosquito control this time of year so they can enjoy the backyard. After all, it’s more fun to sit outside when you don’t get red, itchy welts. But did you know there are more serious reasons to hire someone to spray for mosquitoes? Here are three of the top dangers mosquitoes pose for humans and pets: 1. Dengue Fever – People in many countries sleep under mosquito nets to avoid terrible diseases spread by mosquitoes. While we are more fortunate in the US, these diseases can still spread here. Zika hit...

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DIY Mosquito Control: How to Get Rid of Pesky Insects

DIY Mosquito Control: How to Get Rid of Pesky Insects

Mosquito control is an important part of enjoying your yard in the summer, especially in North Carolina! While mosquitoes play a role in the food chain, we find them irritating as we try to grill and eat dinner outside. Many Raleigh and Cary residents are looking for do-it-yourself ways to keep the yard more comfortable. Here are some ideas: ● Prevent breeding. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, so make sure you don’t have any standing water in your yard, even in small amounts. Make sure your gutter spouts drain well. If you have a rain barrel, you can drop vegetable oil on the water...

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Zika: It’s Still a Thing. Mosquito-Borne Virus Remains in the U.S.

Zika: It’s Still a Thing. Mosquito-Borne Virus Remains in the U.S.

Zika has not made news headlines this spring the way it did last year. But the mosquito-borne virus is still a threat. Cases have been reported in the continental United States this year, including parts of South Florida and Texas. About 100 cases of Zika have appeared in North Carolina since 2015. What to Know about Zika But enough numbers. The reason you care: Zika spreads easily through mosquito bites. Many people who have been infected with the Zika virus won’t know it; they may have no symptoms or mild symptoms, such as: ● A fever ● Rash ● Joint pain ● Red eyes ● Muscle pain ● Headache...

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Keep Mosquitoes Away

Keep Mosquitoes Away

Mosquito season varies from year to year depending on temperature, moisture, and other conditions. Typically, for us here in North Carolina mosquito season is from April to September. There are 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world, about 200 can be found in the United States, and 61 can be found in North Carolina. However, not all mosquitoes are bad. Only between 10 – 15 species of mosquitoes found in North Carolina bite people and it’s only the females that bite. The most prevalent of which is the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). As you can imagine, this particular...

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