Pest Guide for Mosquitoes
Every year we look forward to the sunshine and warmth of summer, but one thing that comes with summer that’s not so pleasant is mosquitoes. These tiny fly-like insects are not only a nuisance, but they can also be dangerous if they’re carrying diseases like West Nile Virus, the Zika Virus, Malaria, and more.
Mosquitoes love water, which means you’ll often find them near lakes, streams, brooks, and other naturally wet areas. You can also find them near standing water like ponds, bird baths, and simply places where water collects. These pests not only live in these areas, but they also lay their eggs there.
Like fleas and ticks, mosquitoes feed on the blood of humans and animals and when they feed, they release saliva into the wound. Because their saliva contains a drug that acts like an anesthetic, we don’t often feel them while they feed. It’s only afterwards that their saliva reacts with our bodies and begins to make us itch.
Because a female mosquito can lay anywhere from 100 to 300 eggs at one time, you can be susceptible to an infestation rather quickly. To prevent this, it’s important to eliminate any standing water near your home or office that could be used as a breeding ground. Get rid of bird baths, buckets, old tires, tree stumps, leaky faucets, and any other source of water.
Mosquitoes are also attracted to shady spots, so if you have a lot of vegetation that can also trap water, you may have an area for mosquitoes to live.
If You Have an Infestation…
If you do have a mosquito infestation, don’t wait to call our experts. We’ll set up an appointment to investigate the area around your home or office and determine whether or not you have an infestation. If you do, we’ll make sure we get rid of it as soon as possible. In the meantime, remember to wear as much clothing as possible and to use bug spray specifically designed to repel mosquitoes.