Pest Guide : What Is a Mosquito?

What You Need to Know About Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are annoying pests that practically everyone has dealt with. There are thousands of mosquito species on earth, but only about 150 species are in the United States. In addition to being annoying, these creatures are dangerous. It’s important to invest in professional mosquito control to keep your home and family safe from these creatures. There are steps you can and should take to reduce mosquitoes around your home.

If you are struggling with a mosquito problem around your home, professional mosquito control in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. the mosquito experts at My Pest Pros can help protect your family.

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How to Identify a Mosquito Infestation

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are aggressive and are known to bite during the day

Mosquitoes on skin of human

You are most likely to see mosquitoes at dawn and dusk when they prefer to feed. During the daytime, they normally rest. All mosquitoes feed on nectar, but the females also feed on blood. This blood-feeding assists with their egg production.

More specifically, females supplement their daily diet with proteins that come from blood meal. She also consumes iron from the blood and carbohydrates from plant nectar.

Males and females have different bodies. Females have mouth parts that are used to puncture the skin, inject saliva into the host, and eat blood. The saliva prevents the blood from clotting and bodies respond to the saliva through irritation and swelling. Males do not have this mouthpart since they do not feed on blood.

Regardless of sex, you’re most likely to find mosquitoes hanging around surfaces that hold water, such as rain collection barrels or bird baths. The reason for this is that the females lay their eggs in ponds.


Common Questions About Mosquitoes

You most likely have a mosquito problem if you have a lot of standing water around your home. Standing water is the ultimate breeding ground for mosquitoes. Bird feeders, discarded tires, watering cans, and even clogged gutters can be great breeding grounds for these pests.

You may also have mosquitoes if there are a lot of hosts on the property. Females are known to travel 20 miles in search of blood. If you have a lot of humans or animals in your area, females may travel to your area as a result.

Mosquitoes are highly dangerous. they transmit many diseases to humans and pets. Some of the most common viruses that mosquitoes spread include West Nile virus, yellow fever, malaria, and zika virus. If you have any questions regarding illnesses spread by mosquitoes, the CDC had tons of information for you to use. Even if the mosquito is not a carrier for any diseases, the bites cause discomfort and irritation.

For animals specifically, mosquitoes carry canine heartworm. Canine heartworm is a problem for many domestic animals, including the most common house pets.

You can help to reduce mosquitoes around your home by reducing standing water to prevent breeding. However, it's usually impossible to eliminate all water sources around your home and neighboring homes. Because mosquitoes can travel from great distances, even eliminating water is not a complete solution. Professional mosquito control is the most effective solution.

Tips for Preventing Mosquitoes

  • Remove any pools of standing water
  • Clean gutter and make sure they drain properly
  • Flush out bird baths, rain barrels, and other standing areas at least once a week
  • Trim dense overgrowth and tall grasses
  • Replace your dense, low growing perennials with strong scented perennials

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Mosquitoes

The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is to trust the mosquito extermination professionals at My Pest Pros. Our team will create a customized solution for your family. We will inspect around your yard to identify problem areas and recommend how you can help reduce or treat them with EPA-registered products. Our technicians are trained to identify mosquito breeding areas and apply products to ensure your pets and family members are safe while getting rid of the nuisances.

With over a decade of mosquito control experience, we know what it takes when it comes to mosquito control, prevention, and protection. We use effective methods in Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your mosquito problem, today and tomorrow.

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