Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Around the globe, there are thousands of species of mosquitoes. But here in America, the number of species is actually only about 150. By nature, mosquitoes feed on nectar. However, they are most commonly known for feeding on blood, though only the females are able to do this as they are equipped with sharp mouthparts. These blood meals encourage egg production. Mosquitoes are considered warm-weather pests and are most often be found feeding 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 the Zika virus. Mosquitoes have also been 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 fairly easy to find as long as there is an ample amount of wildlife or human populous in an area. But breeding grouds can be a little harder to find as mosquitoes require a source of standing water in order 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 that were 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. Our pest technicians have been trained to search out these specific areas. Once they are found, 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. However, 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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