What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals to provide the proper nourishment for their eggs. Interestingly enough, this means that only female mosquitoes are responsible for biting humans, while both male and female mosquitoes feed on plant nectar to meet their own nutritional needs.
Mosquitoes are known as summer pests, as they are typically only active during summer months when the temperatures remain above 55 degrees. However, in our area, these pests aren’t exclusive to the summertime. There are over 170 different species of mosquitoes found here in the United States in America, and several more species throughout the world. Mosquitoes are most active during the dawn, evening, and nighttime hours, though they are sometimes active at other points in the day.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Unfortunately, mosquitoes are capable of doing more damage to humans than just the itchy red bite marks they leave us with. Mosquitoes are known carriers of several types of diseases that can cause major or even life-threatening health problems. Some of the diseases mosquitoes are known to carry include malaria, West Nile Virus, dengue fever, Chikungunya virus, and many others. These diseases are spread when an infected person or animal is bitten by a mosquito, and that same mosquito bites someone who is not infected, introducing the infected blood to the new host. If you start noticing signs of illness after being bitten by a mosquito, it’s always best to seek medical help right away!
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
During summer months and warmer weather, female mosquitoes are out searching for places to breed, rest, and lay eggs after nourishing their eggs with the protein of a blood meal. If the mosquito population on your property seems high, it may be because your property provides the perfect environment for mosquitoes to thrive as a species. Additionally, properties with a lot of moisture, standing water, thick foliage, and tall grass are especially attractive to mosquitoes.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes can generally be found around ponds, lakes, sources of standing water, and near areas with a lot of thick foliage. Properties that provide mosquitoes with space and resources they need to breed and reproduce are likely to have high mosquito populations. Wooded areas also seem to be a hot spot for mosquito activity.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Unfortunately, mosquitoes are pests that just can’t be properly treated without the help of a professional pest control provider. The pest professionals here at Its Bugs Or Us® have what it takes to keep your property mosquito-free all summer long. You won’t need to worry about itchy, red welts, or mosquito-borne diseases when our highly-trained pest technicians are on your side. If mosquitoes are disturbing your summer this year, consider reaching out to the licensed pest professionals here at Its Bugs Or Us®!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
While there’s no way to keep mosquitoes off your property without professional mosquito treatment, you can take steps to make your property less attractive to these pests:
- Trim your grass short.
- Cut trees and shrubs away from your property.
- Avoid wooded areas.
- Reduce or remove all sources of still and standing water.
- Check your gutters to make sure debris isn’t keeping rainwater from draining properly.
Keep mosquitoes off your property with a professional mosquito control plan from Its Bugs Or Us®! For more information, reach out to us today!