Mosquito Identification & Prevention

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are annoying insects, but these biting, fly-like pests are much more than a nuisance to deal with. Mosquitoes are dangerous pests, and they carry many serious and debilitating diseases. These insects are small in size (1/8") and usually a gray or brown color, with or without white markings. They have six thin legs and one pair of scaled wings. Mosquitoes have thin, extended mouthparts (proboscis) that males and females use for feeding on nectar and plant sugars. Females also use their proboscises to pierce the skin of mammals and feed on their blood, because they require the protein found in the blood to create viable eggs.

a mosquito crawling on a plant outside of a home

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are easily squished with the slap of a hand or the swat of a newspaper, yet are considered one of the most deadly insects in the world. In the United States, mosquitoes can spread diseases like West Nile Virus, Zika virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and more. In developing or tropical countries, they cause more significant health risks by spreading malaria and yellow fever and are responsible for debilitating or killing hundreds of thousands of people each year. Mosquitoes also spread parasitic heartworms to our pets that, without treatment, is fatal.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are outdoor pests and can become a big problem on any property. They will travel up to twenty miles in search of a blood meal. They are attracted to properties with or near standing water, where the females lay their eggs. They also prefer yards with lots of flowering plants and trees since plant nectar is their primary food source.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn when the weather is cooler. During the heat of the day, most species of mosquitoes hide out in tall grasses, behind tree bark, under tree canopies, along fence lines, and in dense vegetation. Yards, parks, fields, lakes, and wooded areas are all places where mosquitoes live and breed in large populations.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Eliminating mosquitoes is a difficult task and a job that is best left up to trained and experienced professionals. For home and business owners looking to eliminate mosquitoes, Hawx Pest Control offers comprehensive pest control services. Our industry-leading services use the latest techniques and best products to provide our customers with peace of mind and pest-free properties. To learn more about our home pest control or commercial pest control services, please reach out to Hawx Pest Control today!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

In addition to our professional mosquito control services, the following prevention tips will help you to reduce mosquito numbers on your property:

  • Remove trees stumps that can collect water from your property.

  • Eliminate any standing water from your property.

  • Keep gutters clear of clogs and debris.

  • Fix leaky outdoor hoses and faucets.

  • Keep the grass in your yard cut short.

  • Fill in low-lying areas in your lawn that collect rainwater.

  • Keep containers that collect water upside down when not in use.

 

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