What are mosquitoes?
You are probably reading this because you are already familiar with mosquitoes, but here are some facts you may not know about these pests:
- Mosquito is Spanish for "little fly."
- They are delicate insects.
- They aren't strong flyers, so a fan can help keep them away from you.
- Male mosquitoes usually only live one to two weeks and female mosquitoes about a month but have a quick life cycle.
- There are close to two hundred mosquito species in the United States alone.
- Mosquitoes are essential to the ecosystem because they are the prey for many animals.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
You probably already know how annoying mosquitoes are. They bite and leave behind an itchy bump due to their saliva. These bites can e extremely itchy, and scratching them can lead to a secondary infection. Unfortunately, this isn't the only thing that makes mosquitoes dangerous. Mosquitoes are vectors of several different diseases.
In the United States, mosquitoes are a lot less dangerous than in other places. However, mosquitoes can still spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika, and West Nile virus, as well as heartworms to dogs.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Some areas have higher mosquito populations, which is likely due to the availability of standing water, shade, and food. Wooded areas will usually have more mosquitoes than open fields.
- Mosquitoes can't survive in direct sunlight, which is why they are attracted to properties with a lot of shade.
- Mosquitoes need a small amount of standing water to lay eggs, so any amount of stagnant water on a property will provide breeding sites for these pests.
- Mosquitoes consume plant nectar, honeydew, and other sweet liquids. Properties with many flowering plants, compost piles, and gardens may have more mosquitoes than ones without.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
When they aren't buzzing past you, mosquitoes hang around stagnant water and shady areas, including birdbaths, rainwater, ponds, compost piles, clogged gutters, tall grass, overgrown foliage, under structures, and more.
You may also find mosquitoes near flowering plants because nectar is the primary food source for male mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes also consume plant nectar when not taking a blood meal to reproduce.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
If you are tired of dealing with mosquitoes in your yard, give us a call at Armed Force Pest Control. We offer services to help reduce mosquito populations on your property. Before implementing any home pest control treatments, we perform a complete inspection to identify breeding sites and other conducive conditions that allow mosquitoes to thrive.
With our Middletown mosquito control services, you can get back to enjoying your yard, so call today to find out more!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
To keep your yard clear of mosquitoes, you should utilize these prevention tips alongside professional mosquito control services:
- Remove any standing water on your property.
- Keep your yard clear of organic debris.
- Reduce shaded areas in your yard.
- Reduce flowering plants in your yard.
Don't forget to contact us at Armed Force Pest Control to get mosquitoes under control on your Middletown property.