As strange as this sounds mosquitoes are the most deadly insect on the Earth. Every year they cause more than 1 million deaths! The most common type of mosquito that we see in the four counties (Ozaukee, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Washington Counties) that we treat in southeastern Wisconsin is the Southern House Mosquito. In 2013 mosquitoes caused people all over Milwaukee, Wisconsin problems due to their constant attacks on homeowners. It was the worst mosquito season that any of us have seen in quite some time. Homeowners were forced to cancel outside activities due to their yards being overwhelmed with attacking mosquitoes.
It’s pretty astonishing to think in 1 female mosquito, in one season, can have 4 million descendants. As we have seen with first hand evidence with the Ebola Virus, infectious diseases are spreading geographically much faster than any other time in recent history. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are capable of transmitting diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and different types of encephalitis including; St. Louis encephalitis (SLE), Western Equine encephalitis (WEE), La Crosse encephalitis (LAC), and West Nile virus (WNV)] to humans and animals.
Our “mosquito season” can vary, but most AWC customers are sprayed between May-September with the worst time of the year usually being around July. It’s important for our customers to understand that no treatment will leave the yard mosquito free, but it’s always a goal to strive for! The single most important thing that you the customer can do to prevent mosquitoes in your yard is to make certain that you don’t have any standing water!
Why should I have my yard sprayed for mosquitoes? I am not the type to try and scare people to use our services, but I feel it’s important to provide factual reasons why it’s important to be treated for mosquitoes, “As of 2014 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) received reports of 36,437 cases of West Nile Virus in the United States. Of these, 15,774 resulted in meningitis/encephalitis and 1,538 were fatal. The CDC estimates that there have been over 1.5 million infections and 350,000 cases of West Nile Fever, but the disease is grossly under-reported because of its similarity to other viral infections.”
(source The American Mosquito Control Associations (AMCA’s) website, www.mosquito.org)