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The Secret to Keeping Your Island Home Mosquito Free is Mosquito Squad

Edisto Island, John’s Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island Mosquito Control

If you live in or around one the tranquil islands that encompass the Charleston area, chances are likely you have encountered a bloodthirsty mosquito. Mosquito activity is so bothersome in areas such as Kiawah Island and Edisto Island, local Accuweather reports the daily mosquito activity and Zika risk from mosquitoes.

Living in such close proximity to marshlands and inland lagoons, residents in these island areas need to remain vigilant about mosquito control in order to stay protected. There are 61 different species of mosquitoes that exist in South Carolina. Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, they can also transmit a host of mosquito-borne illness to humans and pets. Among these are West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Lacrosse Encephalitis and dog/cat heartworm. Below is a dhec map showing six confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in South Carolina reported thus far in 2017, two of which are in Beaufort County.

Data courtesy South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

The species Aedes sollicitans (aka The Eastern Saltmarsh mosquito), prefers stagnant salt marshes along the ocean for its eggs and larvae but will fly 10 miles or more inland to find a blood meal. Culex salinarius (sometimes called the Salt Marsh Culex), will breed in saltwater marshes, or even roadside ditches filled with cattails. This marsh-loving mosquito is considered to be a bridge vector of West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and St. Louis Encephalitis, transmitting the virus from birds to humans and horses. The Aedes albopictus (known as the Asian Tiger mosquito), is known as the most evasive mosquitoes species in the world. It is cold-hardy, lays super resilient eggs and constantly acclimates to the environment it is faced with. Since Asian Tiger mosquitoes lay their eggs right on the edge of the water, rather than directly on it, any source of moisture can facilitate breeding.

Staying Protected at Your Coastal Home

Though each species of mosquito may prefer a slightly different habitat, almost all kinds of still or slow-moving water will be attractive to at least some kind of mosquito, unless we take action to discourage them.

Just as we discussed in one of our recent blog stories; Getting to Know the 7 T’s of Mosquito Control at your Charleston and West Ashley Property, effective mosquito control starts in your Edisto Island, John’s Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island backyard. Eradicating sources of moisture on your property in conjunction with a professional mosquito control and prevention program, is key.

Mosquito Squad of Greater Charleston strives to provide extraordinary service in every aspect of our client relationships, from the first time we answer your phone call to helping to educate and inform as we continue treating your property with the utmost respect and care.

Contact us to learn more about keeping your coastal home an island paradise all season long! We offer the perfect solution for your mosquito control needs. Along with our traditional barrier treatment, we also offer essential oil-based mosquito control, mosquito control for special events and convenient mosquito misting systems. Call us today at (843) 574-8919 today or email us.

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