Posts by Mosquito Wizard

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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Outdoor Mosquito Control

Outdoor Mosquito Control

Most of the time, a mosquito bite is nothing more than an itchy annoyance but they can do more than ruin an evening outdoors. Mosquitoes carry a number of serious parasites and diseases, including canine heartworm, West Nile virus, Viral encephalitis, Zika Virus, and malaria. Effective outdoor mosquito control is more than just spray and go away. You need to know where mosquitoes live and breed in order to be able to control them. Here are some facts that you may find helpful. Mosquito Facts Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, and their first life stages live in water before they become...

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What Attracts Mosquitoes to Bite

What Attracts Mosquitoes to Bite

As you can imagine, we here at Mosquito Wizard, we get a lot of people asking us “What attracts mosquitoes to bite?” If you live in here in North Carolina, you know that mosquitoes can be a real problem. Not only because they are pests but they can also spread disease. In order to answer the question, you first need to know what mosquitoes like. 6 Things That Attract Mosquitoes to Bite. 1. Carbon Dioxide  Carbon Dioxide from the breath of humans and animals helps mosquitoes to find their prey. 2. Lactic Acid  We all release lactic acid when we exercise or eat certain foods....

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