MOSQUITO & TICK CONTROL

Mosquito & Tick Control

Mosquito & tick control experts North Attleboro, Mansfield, Braintree Massachusetts Newport County RI
No Equipment Installation Required! We apply a residual water-based insecticide to breeding and resting sites around your property. Our technician will inspect the exterior of your home and advise you of any issues conducive to mosquito and tick growth. Our treatment leaves no odor or visible residue.

Our technician will apply our barrier treatment to your property, treating all harborage and breeding areas. If your property has any problem areas that involve standing water, we will apply a larvicide (Mosquito Dunk) to prevent any mosquitoes from maturing into adults.  
Our Special Event Mosquito Service is perfect for weddings, parties, or any other outdoor function. We recommend calling us at least 5-7 days before your event so we can perform a thorough site evaluation and provide you with a proposal and customized solution. Our technician will then service the area within 24-36 hours before your event.

Mosquito Prevention Tips
  • Dump out all standing water in buckets, flower pot catch plates, bird baths and any other items where water can collect. Mosquitoes can breed in very small amounts of water and the less places there are in your yard for them to breed the fewer mosquitoes you will have.
  • Wear light colored long sleeve shirts, pants, and socks.
  • After any rain, inspect and dump out any areas that may have collected standing water, including water pooling in tarps or garbage can lids, etc.
  • If you own a pool, run the filtration system and pump daily to filter out any mosquito larva and keep the water in motion.
  • Try to keep anything that could fill with rain water turned upside down to prevent water from sitting for long periods of time.
  • Mosquitoes feed and mate in tall grass, so keeping the grass cut regularly can cut down the amount of mosquitoes in your yard.
  • Make sure window screens are in good working order.
  • Check gutters for any debris causing water to pool. 
  • Apply insect repellent when you're going to be outdoors. (Check with your Pediatrician before applying to children)
  • Change pet watering dishes and bird baths frequently.

Mosquito Biology

Like all flies, mosquitoes undergo the same four-stage life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The second and third stages are aquatic. Depending on the particular species, the female mosquito lays her eggs, either individually or in attached groups called “rafts.” The word mosquito is spanish and means "little fly." Male mosquitos do not feed on blood but rather nectar from flowers. Female mosquitos suck blood for egg development.

EGG:
Egg shape and color varies with species, but the size is about 1/25" (1mm) long. Approximately one hour after they’re laid, the eggs darken and become opaque, effectively camouflaging them. 

LARVA:
The mosquito larva has a well-developed head with mouth brushes used for feeding, a large thorax with no legs, and a segmented abdomen. They stay suspended just below the water surface most of the time, but can dive deeper when alarmed. The larvae spend most of their time feeding on algae, bacteria, and other microbes in the surface microlayer. The larval stage ranges from about four to ten days, varying with species, water temperature, and food availability.

PUPA:
The pupa does not feed and like the larva, it’s also sensitive to shadows, ripples, and similar disturbances in the water. The pupa can swim actively by flipping its abdomen, and it is commonly called a "tumbler" because of its swimming action. After about 1-4 days (depending on temperature) the pupa's skin splits along the back; the adult slowly struggles out and rests on the water surface.

ADULT:
Male mosquitoes usually live a mere 5 to 7 days. With ample food, proper temperature and avoidance from predators, females of some species can live for up to five months. Normally females will only live for about 2 weeks.  After each blood meal, the female mosquito rests for a few days then will lays her eggs and the life cycle is renewed.
Share by: