Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Around the globe, there are thousands of species of mosquitoes. But here in America, the number of species is only about 150. By nature, mosquitoes feed on nectar. However, they are most commonly known for feeding on blood, though only the females can do this as they have sharp mouthparts. These blood meals encourage egg production. Mosquitoes are considered warm-weather pests, and they feed like to feed around dawn and dusk.

mosquito about to bite and get a blood meal from a person

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are known transmitters of disease and illness to both humans and pets. These viruses include West Nile virus, malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and Zika. Mosquitoes are also known to pass on canine heartworm to domesticated animals.

Why do I have mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes will go wherever they can find food and, more importantly, breed. Food sources are relatively easy to find as long as there is ample wildlife or human populous in an area. But breeding grounds can be a little harder to find as mosquitoes require a standing water source to reproduce. Female mosquitoes need a thin film of water where they can lay their eggs. As long as that film remains undisturbed, any eggs laid will hatch within a short amount of time. Before long, the area around it will be swarming with mosquitoes! So if you have standing water on your property, you can expect to have mosquitoes as well.

How can I get rid of mosquitoes?

The best way to greatly reduce the mosquito populations on and around your property is to seek the help of a pest control professional. Here at DANCAN, we understand that every property offers different attractants and breeding grounds for mosquitoes. We train our pest technicians to search out these specific areas. Once they find them, they have the tools needed to implement measures to repel mosquitoes as far away from your property as possible.

How can I keep mosquitoes away?

The best thing you can do to keep mosquitoes away from your home is to partner with a pest professional for expert mosquito reduction. The second-best way to deter mosquitoes from your property is to search out and remove sources of standing water. This can often be a difficult and frustrating task. For this reason, we include this step in our mosquito prevention protocols, so you don’t have to stress. To learn more about our mosquito control services, contact us today!

 

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