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What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are pest insects belonging to the order of Diptera, which includes both flies and gnats. Identified by their long, needle-like snouts, slim, 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch long bodies, and striped abdomens, mosquitoes are most commonly known for their irritating bites. And although it's true that all mosquitoes need blood to live, it may not be in the way you would think. Only female mosquitoes bite us and the blood they take from us, they actually need in order to produce their eggs and grow their populations.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

All mosquito species have the ability to carry a number of serious diseases. The transmission of these diseases takes place when mosquitoes bite an infected individual, either animal or human, picking up the pathogen, and then transmit it to anyone else they bite during their life cycle.

Some of the common diseases mosquitoes have been known to carry here in the states include:

  • Zika virus

  • Chikungunya

  • West Nile virus

  • Yellow fever

Why do I have mosquito problems?

Mosquitoes, by nature, are terrible flyers. If mosquitoes are on your property, chances are they were born fairly close by. During their life cycle, female mosquitoes do two major things: bite people and animals to get the blood needed to lay eggs, and find an area with stagnant water to lay eggs that can be hatched. If your property has sources of still water, mosquitoes will have everything they need to lay their eggs and increase their populations.

A few things to look out for in your yard include:

  •  Stagnant water around your yard in items such as toys, buckets, and work equipment.

  • Clogged gutters or pools of water created by leaky spigots or hoses.

  • Low points on your property that collect rainwater and provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Where are mosquitoes commonly found?

During the day, mosquitoes can typically be found resting in the shaded areas around your property such as in your landscaping, areas of tall grasses and dense foliage, and along your treeline. In addition, mosquitoes need a source of stagnant water in order to reproduce, so they can also commonly be found around these water sources.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

If you find yourself stressed out year after year by mosquitoes ruining your family gatherings, or outdoor events on your property, it’s time to contact the professionals here at Green Pest Management. Our methods are designed to keep mosquito populations on your property as low as possible year-round. To help you find more peace for your yard or property and protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne illnesses, our team at Green Pest Management would be happy to lend a helping hand!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

The best way to exclude mosquitoes from your property yourself is by reducing the areas where they can repopulate. By searching your property for any sources of water build-up and eliminating those sources, you can immensely reduce the mosquito populations found living and breeding on your property.

However, it can be extremely difficult to treat for mosquitoes yourself, especially if you have neighbors or land that mosquitoes love close by, such as a marsh or a swamp. Although mosquitoes are terrible flyers, it doesn’t take much to fly a hundred feet onto your property to bother you while you are trying to enjoy a day out. For this reason, your best bet at getting and keeping mosquitoes off your property is by reaching out to the professionals here at Green Pest Management!

To learn more about implementing our seasonal mosquito control services on your property, give us a call today!


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