Mosquitoes are brown, spindly legged insects approximately one-half inch or less in length. Adult mosquitoes feed on nectar and other plant juices, but some also feed on blood. They can locate blood hosts by sight, scent and heat from up to 100 feet away! Mosquitoes are especially sensitive to the carbon dioxide we exhale.
Most mosquitoes only feed at dawn or dusk, keeping out of the day’s heat. However, they will absolutely bite any time of the day or night if disturbed.
Mosquitoes belong to the same species group as flies and are identified by a single pair of wings, a large proboscis on their heads and microscopic scales. Having them on your property is not only an annoyance but further exposes you to such life-threatening conditions as Zika virus, Chikungunya virus, West Nile virus, Malaria and Dengue fever.
Over-the-counter solutions, like bug zappers, sprays and citronella candles, aren’t always effective – especially long term. While they help control the existing population, certain factors may be attracting mosquitos to your property.
How a Mosquito Infestation Develops
Water plays a prominent role in attracting mosquitoes, offering a consistent oxygen supply and a site for laying eggs. When those eggs hatch, water then nourishes the next generation of pests.
Mosquitoes may enter your home through open windows, doors or a torn screen and, once they find an out-of-the-way dark area, they’ll hide out until feeding in the evening. It’s not always easy to identify these nests, but you may find them in closets, under sinks in the laundry room or anywhere with water.
In terms of exposure, when a mosquito feeds on blood, they must first inject their saliva into their host. When they move onto the next host, whatever diseases were in the mosquito’s previous host are transmitted to the following one. While not every mosquito bite is deadly, it’s best to protect your family from these potential dangers. Bring in an Eliminate ‘Em technician to eradicate mosquito populations around your home.
Signs of an Infestation
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in a variety of aquatic habitats from puddles and marshes, to tires and discarded containers filled with rainwater. As adults, mosquitoes tend to stay close to their breeding grounds, so any lakes, ponds or clogged gutters are prime locations to look for these pests.
Wherever the pests happen to be in and around your home, a handful of signs point to an infestation:
- You experience more bites outdoors.
- Their presence correlates with warm, wet conditions – often after a rainstorm or flood.
- Your property has a pond, puddles or another source of stagnant water.
- The mosquito population has increased locally.
Mosquito Control and Extermination
Eliminate ’Em provides you fast, professional, courteous service, free estimates and licensed technicians to handle all your needs. In extreme cases, we can offer same-day service! Professional exterminators technicians are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get rid of any pests in and around your home.
For mosquitoes, our strategy may entail:
- Eliminating or reducing water sources on your property – particularly stagnant sources.
- Treating vegetation and water sources where mosquitoes have created nests to prevent any existing eggs from hatching.
- Removing any secondary factors that make your property a target for mosquitoes, including wet leaves, dead wood, debris and overgrowth.
- Offering you tips to keep the pests from returning, including effective plant-watering and lawn-mowing strategies. The less water and fewer the hiding places, the better.
- Ensuring your automatic sprinkler system isn’t causing water to pool and attract mosquitoes.
Don’t put up with mosquitoes swarming around your home. If over-the-counter treatments haven’t helped keep them under control, set up an appointment with Eliminate ‘Em.