What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are small flying insects that have ruined outdoor fun for most people at one time or another. They fly around, annoy us, and females have the ability to bite with their long mouthparts and leave behind red, itchy welts. They range in size from 1/8th- 3/8th of an inch in length. They are gray to black in color- some may have green or blue markings on them.
Why do mosquitoes bite?
Males are not capable of biting but female mosquitoes are. Both males and females feed on nectar, but females also feed on the blood of mammals. Females use the proteins and iron found in the blood to help develop her eggs.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are considered to be dangerous because not only can the females bite but she can pass along dangerous diseases to people and other animals. Malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus, yellow fever and Zika are just some of the viruses that they are known to pass on. For more information about the Zika virus click here to visit the Center for Disease Control's website and see their postings about the Zika virus here in the United States.
Mosquitoes can also infect pets with canine heartworm. Canine heartworm can be deadly and is a big concern for pet owners.
Where do mosquitoes hide?
Mosquitoes are most active during the cooler parts of the day-at dusk and dawn. During the warmer parts of the day they can be found hiding in tall grasses, shrubs, weeds, and overgrown vegetation.
Is it possible to completely eradicate mosquito activity?
Mosquitoes have the ability to fly up to 20 miles when looking for a blood meal and because of this it is impossible to completely eradicate mosquitoes from your property. However, you can do things around your property to help deter them. Females need a thin layer of water to lay their eggs on, so limiting things and areas around your home that can collect water will be a big help. Also, cutting back overgrown vegetation, keeping your grass mowed short, and limiting the amount of flowering plants on your property can support the reduction of mosquito populations.
Along with taking precautions around your home, getting help from professionals through mosquito abatement programs will help to greatly reduce the amount of mosquitoes on your property. For more information about these biting pests and how Allgood Pest Solutions can help to limit the number of mosquitoes on your property, contact us today!