Our mosquito and tick control services are safe for your family and pets. Clean Air Mosquito Control services residential and small businesses in the Fort Collins area. Our mosquito and tick control products are not just effective; they are safe for you, your family, your pets and the environment.
The Dangers of Ticks in Colorado
Colorado’s most common tick for biting humans and dogs is the Rocky Mountain wood tick. The Colorado State University Extension says that most cases of tick biting humans in Colorado occur in spring and end in summer. This is because most ticks will go dormant in high heat.
Colorado tick fever is by far the most common tick-transmitted disease of the region. Despite it’s name, Rocky Mountain spotted fever is quite rare here. The most common symptoms of CTF are fever, chills, headache, body aches, and feeling tired. Most people will begin feeling symptoms 1-14 days after being bitten.
The Rocky Mountain wood tick is around the Fort Collins area, you can see cases of CTF on this map.
When temperatures reach a consistent 50 degrees, mosquito eggs start hatching. Mosquito season in Fort Collins begins late April to early May. Peak mosquito season is July-September.
There are 45 different mosquito species in Colorado. The Western Encephalitis Mosquito is the one of most concern in this area. It is the most common vector of Western Equine encephalitis (in horses and people), St. Louis encephalitis, and West Nile virus.
While we often think of all mosquitos drinking our blood, only the females do. When it comes to the dangerous Western Encephalitis Mosquito, they all prefer nectar. The males eat nectar and the females do too, but also need a blood meal to produce eggs. The females are the threat when it comes to spreading disease.
Many of the chemicals used in conventional pest control are harmful to humans (especially children), pets, and pollinators that help keep our ecosystem healthy. These highly toxic chemicals can cause a lot of different problems, from rash and skin burns to cancer and other illnesses.
Pests are very resilient. Bugs and insects are extremely adept at adapting to whatever we throw at them. Over time, traditional chemicals used to control ticks and mosquitos become less effective. Those that survive, pass on their acquired heritable changes to their offspring. Eventually, these toxic chemicals become less effective, yet are still very dangerous to humans, our pets and the beneficial wildlife around us. Pests and bugs are naturally turned off by the presence of certain natural oils and do not build resistance toward them.
Natural pest control is better for the environment, the ecosystem, and for endangered pollinators like honey bees. They’re also better for the people who live and work around these areas.
You can reduce and eliminate dangerous ticks and mosquitos in your yard and enjoy a beautiful, safe lawn and garden. Natural methods of Fort Collins mosquito control can be both safe and effective. Contact us today for your free quote!
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