Sick of bug bites? How Charlotte homeowners can get rid of mosquitoes
Weary of scratching and wary of the health risks that mosquitoes bring, homeowners are turning to Charlotte-area exterminators to keep the bugs at bay.
People have made a substantial investment in their backyards, says Randy Peck, owner of highly rated Mosquito Squad of Charlotte, which treats yards to deter mosquitoes.
"Maybe they have a garden or a pool or an outdoor kitchen," he says. "They want to use it and enjoy it, but are not able to because of the levels of mosquitoes."
Beyond their itchy bites and annoying buzz, Carolinas residents have another reason to want to swat away the blood-sucking insects: This week, North Carolina health officials confirmed seven new cases of the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya. That follows the first confirmed case of 2014 last week in upstate South Carolina.
Cases of the mosquito-transmitted virus identified in the Carolinas so far have been in residents who have traveled abroad, and according to the health departments they likely contracted the virus in the Caribbean, Africa or Asia. But like the West Nile virus, Chikungunya can be spread from by mosquito bites.
While the risk of viruses may not be families' first concern, it can be a comfort to know that eradicating mosquitoes makes for a healthier evening outdoors.
The news this week gives Charlotte-area homeowners one more reason to reach for the bug spray. But the best way to keep the skeeters away is to stop them before they breed, let alone take a bite out of your outdoor plans, Peck says.
Customers can choose the type of treatment they'd like.
A manufactured mosquito barrier spray, which is applied about every 21 days, will protect all areas of the yard, Peck says.
Other homeowners prefer a natural product, which kills bugs on contact and acts as a deterrent for about two weeks. Some people may choose to spray just once, 24 to 48 hours ahead of a special event, such as a garden party or wedding reception.
Prices vary somewhat according to the size of the lot, but for a one-time special event treatment of an acre or less, Mosquito Squad charges $135. The cost-per-spray is often lower when homeowners choose a multiple-treatment plan.
More advice to keep mosquitoes away
To learn more about how to ditch these dreaded pests, check out these other articles:
- How to prevent mosquitoes from invading your yard
- 6 mosquito repellent plants to keep pests away
- Tips for organic mosquito control
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