Mosquito protection is now a business in East Tennessee.
Three years ago, mosquito treatments were rare. Now, several area pest control companies offer the service.
"The mosquitoes came out earlier. There were more species out earlier this year," said Dennis Laney with The Mosquito Authority in Knoxville.
"With the emergence of West Nile and those sorts of things, it has really peaked the interest of the general public," said Lonnie Berry with Cook's Pest Control in Knoxville.
Generally, companies offer two mosquito treatment plans. One runs season-long where homes are treated every few weeks. The other is used for special events. The Mosquito Authority also installs a permanent mosquito mist system.
Companies are noticing a major increase in demand this year.