Protect yourself from mosquitoes in the Greater Atlanta area.
Due to a warm climate and wet summers, the Atlanta area has a terrible problem with mosquito infestations. When combined with swamps and forested areas, the humid subtropical climate of Georgia makes it the perfect breeding ground for all species of mosquitoes.
Along with making being outside a bothersome chore, mosquito infestations can be major health concerns. Some species of mosquitoes in North America are known to be carriers of deadly diseases like Zika and West Nile. Learn about the different types of Mosquitoes in Georgia, and take steps to keep them away from your property.
The Big Three
The Atlanta area is home to all three of the major species of mosquitoes in the United States. The species that you should be concerned with are:
- Aedes mosquitoes
- Culex mosquitoes
- Anopheles mosquitoes
The Aedes mosquito, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, is a pest that can carry the Zika virus. This species is common during daylight hours, but it will also feed at dusk and dawn. Aedes mosquitoes are aggressive in forests and areas of tall grass. This species is exclusive to the American South, so Atlanta is a high-risk area.
Found in nearly every area of the United States, Culex mosquitoes are aggressive feeders at dusk and dawn. While they are not common during daylight hours, they still pose a risk to people who enjoy being outside during evening hours. This pest can take the joy out of barbecues and other outdoor events. Culex mosquitoes have also been known to carry West Nile virus, so you should take precautions to minimize encounters with this species.
This species is found in every American state. In terms of behavior, Anopheles mosquitoes are similar to Culex mosquitoes. Both species are active in the early-morning and late-evening hours. In Africa, Anopheles mosquitoes regularly transmit malaria to hosts. While malaria has been eradicated in Atlanta and other areas of the United States, the Anopheles can transmit heart worm to dogs and livestock.
To protect yourself from all species of mosquitoes, you should ensure that your lawn is well-maintained. Mosquitoes thrive in forests, overgrown fields, and swamps, so make sure that your property does not resemble a mosquito’s habitat. You can reduce the population of mosquitoes on your property by regularly cutting the grass, trimming bushes, and removing timber.
You can also prevent mosquitoes from breeding on your property by removing areas of standing water. If you own a pool, ensure that the water is properly treated with chlorine or salt.
All species of mosquitoes are attracted to humans and animals by carbon dioxide. During parties and other gatherings, your guests’ breathing will attract mosquitoes to your property. To prevent this, use citronella, vinegar, and certified chemicals.
If you’re having trouble making progress with your mosquito problem, reach out to Mosquitonix Atlanta. We service the great towns surrounding Atlanta, GA, and we’ll be happy to assist you with your pest problems.