Mosquito Control

Southern California Mosquito Control

One of the main benefits of living in Southern California is our ability to enjoy the near year-round good weather that allows us to spend so many hours outdoors. Mosquitoes can quickly ruin our California-dreaming-lifestyle and even be dangerous with the diseases that they transmit. Zika, Yellow fever, Dengue & Chikungunya viruses can all be transmitted by the mosquitoes found in Southern California. Our local vector (an organism that does not cause disease itself but which spreads infection by conveying pathogens from one host to another) control districts do a great job to eliminate existing mosquito breeding sources in public areas such as ponds, drainage channels, etc. However, relatively new breeds of mosquitoes to Southern California are making the job of vector control nearly impossible. The reason their job is so difficult is these new mosquitoes breed in very small bodies of water (up to 2 gallons in size) that vector control cannot get to.

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Mosquitoes in California

How can I keep mosquitos out of my home and my yard?

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    Remove Standing Water

    Become super vigilant about removing any standing water on your property. Likely breeding sources could include; water fountains, birdbaths, overflow plant saucers, yard clutter, unused tires, kids toys, yard drains, clogged rain gutters, aquatic plants, recyclable containers & flower pots. Check these areas frequently on your property.

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    Talk to Neighbors

    Since mosquitos can travel approximately 400 meters from their breeding grounds, the source of the mosquitoes biting you could very well be in the neighborhood around you. Help educate your neighbors on the dangers of these invasive mosquitoes and stay united in resolving to keep standing water off of your respective properties.

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    Preventive Maintenance

    This is where Preventive Pest Control has a solution proven to dramatically reduce the number of mosquitoes in your immediate vicinity. With our In2Care system, your family is protected 24/7 from the nuisance of mosquitoes.

Invasive Mosquitos

Two invasive (non-native) mosquito species have recently been found in most cities throughout Southern California.  They are the Aedes Aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) and the Aedes Albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito).  Unlike most native mosquito species, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus bite during the day.  Both species are small, black mosquitoes with white stripes on their back and on their legs.  The female mosquitoes of these species can lay eggs in very small amounts of standing water.  Worse, the eggs have the ability to survive being dry for long periods of time which allows the eggs to be easily spread to new locations.  They have the potential to transmit diseases like Zika, Yellow fever, Dengue & Chikungunya, but currently, no known cases have been documented in California.

What To Look For

Both species are small, black mosquitoes with white stripes on their back and on their legs.  The female mosquitoes of these species can lay eggs in very small amounts of standing water.  Worse, the eggs have the ability to survive being dry for long periods of time which allows the eggs to be easily spread to new locations.  They have the potential to transmit diseases like Zika, Yellow fever, Dengue & Chikungunya, but currently, no known cases have been documented in California.

Not Typical

These are not your typical mosquitoes.  They bite primarily during the day; both indoors and outdoors. This type of mosquito flies low to the ground which is how they developed their nickname as the “ankle-biter” since they often bite exposed legs, feet, and arms when seated.  Due to their small size, Aedes mosquitoes can bite people without being noticed.  The reaction to the bite is often not recognized until several hours later.  The bites are extremely irritating, itchy, and can form a small amount of swelling.  It is not uncommon to get multiple bites around the same time.  If you have an impaired immune system, you may experience a more severe reaction.  Children often get a stronger reaction than adults. They prefer to bite people but they have also been known to bite dogs and other domestic mammals.

Scientifically Proven Efficacy

The In2Care Mosquito trap is a safe and effective way to manage the mosquito population in your yard.

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    Lab-validated and published in a peer-reviewed academic journal

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    IVCD field validations carried out by the Trinidad Ministry of Health

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    Large-scale trial conducted by the MRCU on the Cayman Islands

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    EPA-registration conducted by the Manatee County Mosquito Abatement District in Florida

Protect your Family

With the In2Care Mosquito trap

Custom designed to control high-risk mosquitos carrying the Zika virus. Our traps are made with the latest in green innovations utilizing fewer harsh chemicals killing mosquitoes without targeting bees and butterflies. Enjoy your yard again with 24-hour protection!

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How it Works

Mosquitoes are used to spread larvicide

  • Gravid female is attracted to the trap
  • Gets contaminated on the floater
  • Flies out carrying bioactive
  • Infection stops virus replication
  • Contaminates surrounding breeding sites with larvicide powder
  • Larvae (pupae) killed
  • Mosquito dies within a few days, before transmitting disease


Is there any danger to my pets, family or other non-target pests?

The active ingredients in the trap are not toxic to birds or mammals. The biological fungus is only toxic to insects. The larvicide deployed in the trap specifically targets mosquito larvae and is not toxic to higher organisms in this low concentration. For example, in other products, this larvicide has even been approved by the World Health Organization for use in drinking water and is actually being used in many of our local reservoirs. Contaminated females will only spread tiny amounts of larvicide (a few micrograms) to other artificial small water bodies, which limits any risk for other aquatic organisms and fish.

How does the trap attract mosquitoes?

The black color, design, water, and the special organic lure will attract egg-laying females. Note: only the female mosquitoes bite.

Will I see dead mosquitoes in my trap?

It is unlikely to see adult mosquitoes in the trap because the biological fungus takes a couple of days to kill them. The infection takes time because the fungus spores need to penetrate the mosquito skin and grow into her body. In fact, the trap is designed to allow the female to live so she can contaminate other breeding sites in the proximity of the trap, and die afterward. With this solution, the female mosquito does the work for us getting to breeding sources that we can’t access!

What if I see living larvae swimming in my trap?

The larvicide in the trap kills mosquitoes only at the moment they pupate. This means they will die just before they become adult mosquitoes. These dead pupae are often eaten by the larvae and you will not be able to see them in the water. Seeing a lot of live larvae inside the trap is actually a sign that it is working. In fact, the larval odors actually make the trap even more attractive to egg-laying female mosquitoes.

Will the trap be effective for other Mosquito species?

The trap is specifically designed for the biology of the Aedes mosquitoes which like to breed in small containers of water. Other mosquitoes will visit this site and it will be effective to reduce those populations as well. The dissemination effect of the larvicide, however, is specific for the Aedes mosquito, which likes to lay in multiple places. It is very rare that other mosquito species would visit this trap as they typically lay their eggs in larger bodies of water that our county vector control districts manage.

How often does Preventive Pest Control need to service the trap?

This trap needs to be checked and serviced monthly. The water will be topped off and a new larvicide floating patch and attractant will be added. This will ensure that the recommended dosage of both the larvicide and fungicide stays active. We recommend our customers keep the unit active when mosquitoes are at their peak season, from April through November.

Where is the best location in the yard to place my trap?

We recommend placing traps in shaded, vegetated areas, where the mosquitoes are likely to breed. Our licensed technicians will find a suitable location that is ideal to attract the egg-laying mosquitoes. It is not necessary for the trap to be close to the house or patio area to be effective. 1 trap has a coverage area of approximately 400 square meters. For most homes, 1 to 3 traps are sufficient.

I still get mosquito bites, does this mean the trap does not work properly?

Because of the delayed reaction to most mosquito bites, you may have been bitten away from the covered zone of our device. Aedes mosquitoes are thriving throughout our area, meaning you may have been bitten at the store, going on a walk, going to the park, etc. Another factor is allowing the larvicide to be disseminated in the area. In a few weeks, a significant population impact can be expected.

Why do we need this product? Can’t we just spray around our home?

While typical pest control sprays can have some impact on mosquito populations, it is nearly impossible to spray every surface where a mosquito will potentially land and these solutions are only temporary. Aedes mosquitoes are difficult to combat, as they lay eggs in very small water sources. Another thing that makes it increasingly more difficult to control these mosquitoes is that they have become resistant to chemicals used in vector control efforts. That is why a tool like this trap is urgently needed.

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