Mosquito & Tick Control

Protect your family from mosquitoes and ticks! 

1st Choice Pest Control offers the best protection for season-long control. Treatments should be done every 21-30 days for the best results. This is especially important during the wet and warm months of the year, from late spring and throughout the fall. Mosquitoes and ticks can spread many illnesses, like Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, that can make you and your family sick.  1st Choice Pest Control will remind you in advance of an upcoming service and leave you notice that we’ve been there. You don’t even need to be home during the application.

Reduce mosquitoes by getting rid of standing water.  Mosquitoes need a water source to breed. Remove leaves and yard debris to reduce water pools, and replace water in bird baths regularly. Check out other tips for addressing mosquitoes.

Protect yourself from ticks.  Ticks are carriers of diseases like Lyme disease, and are usually found in high grass or wooded areas. Wear long-sleeved shirts and tuck your pants into your socks to prevent ticks from biting. Wear light-colored clothes to spot ticks easily. Check yourself for ticks after you have been outside. Remove the tick immediately with tweezers (making sure the head remains intact), and disinfect the bite site with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

 

The most common types of mosquitoes in the United States are the house mosquito, the southern house mosquito, the Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquito.

 

HOUSE MOSQUITO 

Some of the most common types of mosquitoes in the United States are called house mosquitoes. Species of mosquitoes that belong to this group include Culex Pipiens and Culex restuans Theobald.  Pipiens is most common to the Northern part of the United States. Pale brown in color with white stripes, it is often found in polluted water that has been left standing. Storm drains, birdbaths, pet dishes and old tires are popular breeding sites for these types of mosquitoes. The female mosquito of this species can lay anywhere from 50 to 400 eggs at one time. These eggs typically take 10 to 14 days to hatch although they can take longer, depending on the weather. Culex restuans is a very similar species in looks and habits, but is more prevalent in the Eastern and Central parts of the United States.  Both of these mosquito types can transmit a variety of different viruses and parasites to humans.

SOUTHERN MOSQUITO 

This species of mosquitoes, also sometimes referred to as Culex fatigans, is most common in tropic and sub-tropic regions. It shares many of the same physical and behavioral aspects of the house mosquito, but is found in Southern areas of the United States and is present throughout Florida. Also a nighttime feeder, this mosquito is the primary vector of the St. Louis encephalitis virus and can also transmit West Nile virus (WNV).

 

 

ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITO 

This species of mosquitoes can be identified by the bright white or silver stripes on its abdomen, thorax and legs. Unlike other types of mosquitoes belonging to Culex, the female Asian tiger mosquito is a daytime feeder and can be an aggressive biter. Males do not bite.

 

Types of mosquitoes belonging to the genus Aedes have similar breeding habits. Females often lay eggs in clean, standing water. They are drawn to containers such as birdbaths or flowerpots. Eggs that have been flooded after a rainstorm can hatch in a short amount of time under the correct temperatures, making it easier for these mosquito types to spread. Species of mosquitoes belonging to Aedes tend to be weak flyers and often won’t travel more than one-half of a mile away from their original breeding sites.

 

The Asian tiger mosquito was first discovered in the United States in 1985. Since then, it has competed for space with the yellow fever mosquito, which was once the most prominent species of Aedes in the country. The Asian tiger is a vector of more than 30 viruses, but only a few are known to affect humans, according to University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department. These diseases include equine encephalitis, Cache Valley virus, dengue, and St. Louis and LaCrosse encephalitis viruses. Despite this, different types of mosquitoes belonging to Aedes have proven more efficient than the Asian tiger at transmitting disease.

 

YELLOW FEVER MOSQUITO 

The yellow fever mosquito has been known to the United States for many centuries. It caused more U.S. troop casualties during the Spanish-American war than the war itself, as a result of transmitting the yellow fever.  Because both types of mosquitoes belong to the Aedes genus, this species of mosquitoes have similar feeding and breeding habits to the Asian tiger. However, the population of the yellow fever mosquito has declined in many areas following the arrival of the Asian tiger mosquito, although it is still prevalent in some regions.  The yellow fever mosquito is more commonly found in urban areas of Southern Florida, and in cities along the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. It can also be found in Southern parts of the United States and up the East Coast to New York.

The most common types of ticks in the United States are the deer tick and wood tick.

DEER TICK

The loathsome deer tick, now known as the black-legged tick, is defined more by the disease it spreads than by its own characteristics.  Deer ticks live about two years and go through four life phases: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. They feed exclusively on animal blood and eat only three times during their lives: once to molt from larva to nymph; once from nymph to adult; and once as adults to lay eggs. They can contract the bacteria that causes Lyme disease from an infected host at any of these feedings, but transmit it only during the second or third. They must remain attached for at least 24 hours for the bacteria to transmit.

WOOD TICK

Wood ticks are members of the family Ixodidae, the hard ticks. They are dark brown in color with silver-gray or whitish coloring on their back. Both have a dorsal plate on their back called the scutum, and their mouthparts are visible when viewed from above the tick. The males are slightly smaller than the females in the adult stage. Both species have six legs in the larval stage; eight legs in the nymphal and adult stages; and undergo a life cycle that consists of four stages: eggs, larvae, nymphs and adults.

 

 

 

 

LONE STAR TICK

The lone star tick gets its name from the single silvery-white spot located on the female's back. These ticks attack humans more frequently than any other tick species in the eastern and southeastern states. Lone star tick bites will occasionally result in a circular rash, and they can transmit diseases. It is essential that you remove a lone star tick immediately. 

The lone star tick is considered a three-host tick because each feeding stage requires a different host. Feeding typically occurs during the spring and early summer months. Larvae and nymphs feed on the blood of birds, rodents and small wild animals like rabbits, squirrels and raccoons. Adult lone star ticks often bite larger animals, including foxes, dogs, white-tailed deer and humans. This tick species then enters a non-feeding period in mid to late summer, which is triggered by decreasing day length.