Living in the low country has its advantages;
our humid, subtropical climate means mild winters and extended periods for outdoor enjoyment. Bluffton residents can dine, entertain, swim and indulge in their backyards well into the winter months.
Truly, the only real negative aspect of living in Bluffton is the mosquitoes. There are approximately 61 species of mosquito in South Carolina, all of which love the low country for the very same reasons we do; warm weather, abundant sources of water and plenty of outdoor dining (with us being the main course!)
Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, they also pose a risk to our health. Among the mosquito-borne illnesses that pose a risk here in Beaufort County are Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Zika Virus and West Nile Virus. The host animals from which a female mosquito takes her blood meal influences the pathogens she can be exposed to and, by extension, the potential role she plays as a vector of disease. Common vectors of West Nile include house sparrows, blue jays and crows, all of which are native to our area.
Six confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in South Carolina have been reported thus far in 2017, two of which came from Beaufort County, SC.
Female mosquitoes need a blood meal in order to produce eggs. This blood meal comes from a host — often a human. Many insects, mosquitoes included, are attracted by the odor of the carbon dioxide (CO2) that we naturally exhale. However, mosquitoes are also attracted by other cues that signal a human is nearby. They use their vision to spot a host and thermal sensory information to detect body heat.
The best way to stay off the mosquito’s menu is to reduce your risk of coming into contact with them all together. On the homefront, this means identifying and eliminating mosquito breeding sources and implementing a Bluffton mosquito control program at your home.
Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head can help you gain control and prevent mosquitoes in your Bluffton SC backyard. We’re here to help with a proven mosquito control service that will reduce mosquitoes in your yard by 85 – 90% for the entire season. Mosquito Squad pioneered barrier treatment mosquito protection over 10 years ago and is still the leader in eliminating pesky mosquitoes for Hilton Head and Bluffton residents. Mosquito Squad provides a barrier treatment protection service. Our trained technicians treat the perimeter of your yard with our time-tested and highly effective treatment. Each treatment protects your yard for up to 3 weeks through the micro-encapsulated timed release formula.
— enjoy your mosquito-free backyard all season!
We offer the perfect solution for your Bluffton 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 Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head at (912) 210-5909 today or email us today to learn more.
Owner Brent Tatum and family
Mosquito control is a group effort. By ensuring your yard is not a breeding ground for mosquitoes, you can help reduce the mosquito population within your yard, and influence the neighbors around you. In addition to having your property professionally treated, successful mosquito control also relies on common sense practices on the part of the homeowner. This means gaining a clear understanding of identifying and reducing potential mosquito breeding sites in and around your property.
— Asian Tiger mosquito eggs
Below is a checklist of helpful hints to help you inspect and eradicate potential mosquito breeding sites on your Bluffton property. You may also learn more by reading our blog story Learn the 7 T’s of Mosquito Control for Your Hilton Head Backyard.