Mosquitoes are airborne pests that aren’t just annoying – they are downright dangerous! Know the potential signs, attractants, and risks associated with a mosquito infestation so that you can deal effectively with these pesky and harmful insects.
Mosquitos are easy to identify by their appearance, annoying, high-pitched whine, and the painful, itchy red welts they deliver. When you need mosquito control, you can count on the pros at Hello Pest Control.
What are mosquitoes?
These airborne pests belong to the order Diptera, or “True Flies.” These pests have two wings, just like other flies, but their wings have scales covering them. They also have feather-like antennae and long legs.
Their most unique feature is their long piercing mouthpart called a proboscis. Mosquitoes use the proboscis to feed on the blood of people and animals. Both females and males use their proboscis to feed on nectar, which is their primary food source. Females only have blood meals to gain the protein she needs to develop viable eggs.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are small (3/8 to 1/2 an inch in length) and weak fliers, but their bites sure do pack a punch! Mosquitoes don’t just cause itchy bites, they can also transmit several harmful mosquito-borne illnesses. In the United States, mosquitoes are well-known for spreading the West Nile virus, among other serious diseases. Across the world, especially in tropical and developing countries, mosquitoes are responsible for spreading deadly malaria.
People aren’t the only ones at risk; many of these diseases can also infect our pets. Heartworm disease, for example, is transmitted by mosquitoes and can be fatal to both dogs and cats who are not on prescribed preventative medication.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
While mosquitoes are capable of flying several miles when in search of a blood meal, most stay relatively close to where they hatched. The more breeding sites (standing water) you have on your property, the bigger a problem you will have with mosquitoes. A female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs in a session, and up to 3,000 eggs in its short lifespan, which is only a couple of weeks in long.
With nearly two hundred species of mosquitoes in the United States and over 3,000 around the world, it is unlikely that we will ever see the end of these proficient breeders.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water and warm summer temperatures. If you have pools, birdbaths, or other sources of standing water, you will also have mosquitoes.
While mosquitoes thrive in the warmth of the summer season, they prefer to escape the mid-day heat by resting in areas of tall grass and dense vegetation. They also rest under tree canopies, decks, logs, and rocks. Properties with plenty of resting spots, along with plenty of flowering vegetation, are more likely to have mosquitoes.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are flying outdoor pests, which makes keeping them out of our yards difficult. While there is no sure-fire way to eliminate mosquitoes in their entirety, there are easy steps you can take to reduce their numbers. The best way to control the mosquito population on your property is to partner with a professional. Hello Pest Control offers the experience and services needed to significantly lower the number of mosquitoes living and breeding on your property. Reduce mosquito numbers with the help of Hello Pest Control.
Several chemical treatments can get rid of mosquitoes. For example, briquettes or dunks containing bacillus thuringiensis are commonly used. These chemicals kill mosquito larvae or floaters, making it difficult or impossible for them to hatch.
Mosquito sprays, misting systems, and repellent granules kill adult mosquitoes. These insecticides and sprays are some of the most popular methods used to get rid of mosquitoes. Contact Hello Pest Control for all your mosquito control needs.
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Mosquitoes need plenty of still water to lay their eggs. Although it can be difficult, you need to be diligent in eliminating areas of standing water. It is very helpful to store containers that collect rainwater upside down, fix low lying areas in yards, and repair cracks in driveways and walkways. Making your home and lawn as inhospitable as possible is the best way to avoid large swarms of mosquitoes.
While removing stagnant water is a very important step in mosquito control, other ways to keep mosquitoes at bay are to:
- Maintain gutters and regularly clean out leaves, sticks, and other debris to keep water from pooling within them.
- Make sure downspouts are directing water away from the outside of your home and not allowing water to pool at their end.
- Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by staying inside during their most active times, at dawn and dusk. Also, try not to go outside right after it rains.
- Cut back overgrown landscaping, trees, and bushes that mosquitoes can rest in during the day. Remove fallen trees and logs from your yard.
- Wear insect repellent to help reduce the likelihood of becoming dinner for these pests. Use DEET-based repellents or natural treatments like citronella or lemongrass to keep these pests at away.
- Use outdoor fans on porches and decks. The wind they create will keep mosquitoes away.
- The last thing you want to deal with is mosquitoes inside your home. Keep them out by replacing or repairing torn screens and placing weatherstripping around windows and doors.
Call Hello Pest Control For Mosquito Control
Mosquitoes can quickly ruin an outdoor barbecue. Even more worrisome, they can be extremely dangerous to people. Getting rid of mosquitoes altogether is virtually impossible, but you should do everything in your power to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your property. Consider Hello Pest Control to help you get rid of any mosquitoes you might have.
At Hello Pest Control, we can detect any possible mosquito breeding grounds and will work with you to eliminate those sources. Don’t put yourself, your family, your visitors, or your customers at risk of a mosquito-borne illness. Reach out to us today!
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