mosquito on skin

What are mosquitoes?

The mosquitoes is a type of fly that is most often associated with the summer season. The humid, warm weather that our region offers during the late spring, summer, and early fall provides mosquitoes with the perfect environment to feed and breed.

Mosquitoes have a gray to black body; some have white stripes or other lighter markings on their legs or bodies.

a mosquito on a finger

In addition to its wings, a mosquito's most important asset is its proboscis. The proboscis is an extended mouthpart used to feed on plant nectar — a mosquito's primary food source. The female also uses its specialized piercing mouthpart to pierce the skin of a person or animal and feed on their blood. Female mosquitoes require blood meals to produce healthy eggs.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

When talking about pests that pose dangers to people, mosquitoes are at the top of the list. Mosquitoes spread diseases worldwide that are potentially deadly.

In the U.S, diseases that mosquitoes spread through their feeding habits include the West Nile virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya.

While not every mosquito you come across is carrying a disease, the more contact you have with these pests, the more at risk you will be of acquiring a mosquito-borne illness. 

Mosquito bites themselves are also quite problematic. Their bites are itchy and uncomfortable; excessive scratching at the bite sites can leave a person or animal open to a secondary infection.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

You are experiencing a problem with mosquitoes on your property because standing water is available where the females can lay their eggs. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of standing water that collects naturally or inside man-made containers. After the eggs hatch and the larvae develop into adults, they tend to stay close to that area. The more standing water you have on your property, the more mosquito activity you will experience. Properties located next to ponds, lakes, marshes, fields, and heavily wooded areas tend to have the most problems with mosquitoes.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

When not foraging for food, you'll find mosquitoes resting in areas of dense vegetation. When not resting, these pests will swarm around a human or animal host, flowering vegetation, or an area of standing water (big or small).

Listed below are some of the most common places where standing water collects in our yards and provides breeding sites for mosquitoes.

  • The tops of trash cans or tarps

  • Low-lying areas

  • Clogged gutters

  • Buckets, potted plants, and other containers

  • Wooded areas

  • Overwatered gardens 

  • Lawns debris 

  • Kids toys

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are flying insects that can find their way onto any property that offers them sources of food and standing water to lay their eggs. Preventing problems with these pests is difficult. The best way to control mosquito numbers on your property is to partner with a knowledgeable and experienced professional.

Rid your property of disease-spreading mosquitoes with the help of the local professionals at Destroy Pest Control! For over 15 years, we have been committed to developing pest control solutions that are effective and utilize eco-friendly products and treatments. Our long-term pest strategies help ensure these pests won't produce large populations on your property. If you are looking for reliable, trustworthy mosquito control services in the D.C., Maryland, or Virginia area, reach out to Destroy Pest Control today and learn more!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Being proactive and partnering with Destroy Pest Control is the best way to avoid mosquitoes and other pests. When combined with our home pest control and commercial pest control services, the following prevention tips will help make your property a place that mosquitoes won't want to be!

  • Screen in porches, decks, or patios to keep mosquitoes from biting you when spending time outside. 

  • Keep mosquitoes out of your home by keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible. Make sure screens in windows and doors are intact.

  • Remove standing or stagnant water from your property by keeping gutters clear of debris, storing containers upside down when not in use, and repairing low-lying areas that collect rainwater.

  • Don't overwater your garden or lawn. 

  • Remove resting spots from your property by keeping the grass cut short, cutting back overgrown tree branches, and regularly pruning shrubs and trees. 

  • If you own a pool, make sure the water is constantly circulating and properly treated.

  • Empty and refill things on your property like wading pools, pet water bowls, and birdbaths.

 

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