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Mosquito potentially infected with Zika virus
Mosquito potentially infected with Zika virus

Mosquito Control

Professional Mosquito Spraying in Grand Rapids & West Michigan

bloodsucking mosquitoOne of our most popular services in early summer is Mosquito Control.  Families want to enjoy their decks, pools, and yards, but when the mosquitoes move in, all the fun is chased away.

Mosquitoes are more than just a pain in the neck… arm… ankle… they can carry diseases. Mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus first started appearing in the US in 1999. According to the Center for Disease Control, 80% of people who are infected will not show any symptoms. There were 5 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Michigan during September of 2015.  97 people died from WNV in the U.S. in 2014.  Zika Virus is a member of the Flaviviridae family, which includes WNV, Dengue, & Yellow Fever.  All of those viruses are transmitted by mosquitoes.

Although your pets might not get WNV or Zika Virus, mosquitoes may carry Heartworm larvae, which can infect your dog or cat as well as Equine Encephalitis which can infect both horses and humans.

We offer professional mosquito spraying in Grand Rapids and most of west Michigan, and here is how it works.

What does our Mosquito Abatement program entail?

  • We spray a fine mist over the lawn and landscape
  • Our spray is applied by highly trained and certified technicians
  • Kills up to 90% of mosquitoes & no-see-ums in the treated areas
  • The residue on the leaves keeps on killing after we leave
  • Only 8 visits keeps them under control all season long

Is this product safe?

This is the most frequent question asked by our customers.  The product used to kill mosquitoes is a natural chemical found in chrysanthemum blooms.  It is the same product used in flea and tick shampoo we use on our pets.  This product is also state approved for use INSIDE restaurants, grocery stores and food processing plants. Many of our customers have stronger chemicals in their cleaning cabinet.

We have found that our mosquito spraying system reduces mosquitoes by 90% and improves backyard fun by 100%.
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Why are the mosquitoes so bad around me?

If you feel as if every mosquito in a 50-mile radius has you locked in its sights, while your friends are rarely bitten, you could be right. Up to 20 percent of us are highly alluring to mosquitoes—and scientists have discovered some surprising reasons.

“Both your metabolism and your unique body chemistry—which is as distinctive as a fingerprint—play an important role in determining whether or not you’re a mosquito magnet,” says University of Florida entomology professor Dr. Phil Koehler. “Also, there’s evidence that your degree of attractiveness to mosquitoes can change over time.”

Here are some intriguing discoveries about why some of us are particularly tasty targets for the tiny vampires:

Mosquitoes prefer blood type O

In their quest for a meal, mosquitoes are nearly twice as likely to land on people with type 0 blood than those with type A, according to a Japanese study.  Indeed, the biting pests consider type 0 more delectable than any other blood type, the researchers reported. Most people secrete substances that allow mosquitoes to identify blood type before they bite.

Beer drinkers beware

Swigging just one bottle of beer can significantly boost your risk of being bitten, according to a study published in Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. The researchers reported that, “Mosquito landing on volunteers significantly increased after beer ingestion compared with before ingestion.”

Watch out for the full moon

The tiny bloodsuckers are 500 times more active when the moon is full, reports the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). Overall, the highest risk times for mosquito bites are dusk and dawn, with the females of some species migrating up to 40 miles in pursuit of a meal. (Male mosquitoes don’t bite.)

Keep your socks on

The pungent aroma of dirty feet is apparently irresistible to mosquitoes, as a brave scientist, Bart Knols, discovered when he sat in a lab in his underwear to find out which parts of the body the pests are most likely to target. He found that 75 percent of the bugs homed in on his feet, but after he washed them with deodorant soap, the mosquitoes bit randomly. His team also reported that stinky cheeses, such as Limburger—which has the same odoriferous compound responsible for foot odor—also draws mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes know if you’re expecting

Moms-to-be get bitten about twice as often as women who aren’t pregnant, increasing their risk for bug-borne diseases, according to a study conducted in Gambia. The researchers hypothesized that since women in the later stages of pregnancy exhale 21 percent more volume, mosquitoes were drawn in by the moisture and carbon dioxide in their breath. They also found that pregnant women’s abdomens are nearly 1 degree warmer, which may cause more volatile substances—released in sweat and attractive to mosquitoes—to be present on their skin. Not only do several other studies have similar findings, says Dr. Koehler, but “there’s also evidence that women are more attractive to mosquitoes during certain phases of the ovulation cycle.” Studies have mixed results as to whether men or women are more likely to get bitten, he adds.

Running won’t help you

Both the carbon dioxide we exhale and substances in sweat, such as lactic acid, help mosquitoes home in on their prey. As a result, Dr. Koehler reports. “You’re more likely to be bitten if you’re running or exercising than when you’re at rest, since you’re breathing harder and sweating more.” In fact, physical activity ups risk for bites by as much as 50 percent, according to AMCA.

Like vampires, they prefer dark clothes

Dark-colored clothing can increase your risk of falling victim to the little bloodsuckers, compared to lighter-colored garments, says Dr. Koehler. In one study comparing the appeal of various hues to mosquitoes, the researchers reported  the following results:  black (most attractive); red (very attractive); grey and blue (neutral); khaki, green, light khaki, and yellow (less attractive).

OUR MOSQUITO CONTROL EXPERTS IN ACTION

For your families safety, make sure to sign up for our mosquito spraying in Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

WE OFFER MOSQUITO CONTROL IN GRAND RAPIDS AND …

  • Rockford
  • Ada
  • Kentwood
  • Caledonia
  • Byron Center
  • Jenison
  • Grandville
  • Zeeland
  • Holland
  • Grand Haven
  • Kalamazoo
  • Portage
  • Pretty much all of West Michigan

 

If the little blood suckers are taking over your yard and ruining your enjoyment, make sure to contact us soon for our advanced mosquito control. Call today 616-554-9499.
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