In the United States there are over 150 different varieties or kinds of Mosquitoes. They bite and are a nuisance to people and pets alike. They are similar to house flies in that they have two clear veined wings.
Mosquitoes can be a problem year round but are best known in abundance following warm wet weather, usually late spring, summer, and early fall. Below are some known facts:
- Their size: 1/4″ to 3/8″
- Legs: 6
- Wings: Yes
- Antenna: Yes
- Common Name: Mosquito
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Order: Diptera
You may have said or heard said, “A mosquito just bit me”, but actually mosquitoes pierce and suck, but when it happens, the word bite just seems to apply. Female mosquitoes feed on nectar from plant sources and also protein found in blood. They must have protein to reproduce. Male mosquitoes DO NOT feed on blood at all. Mosquitoes are most active at dark and female mosquitoes can travel great distances during the calm of night to find a meal, up to 10-12 miles. They can sense a host from the carbon dioxide a human exhales.
Mosquitoes also need standing water such as a stagnant water source like a bucket, birdbath and old tires to reproduce. They can even breed in some plants known to hold water like Elephant Ears or Philodendron.
Only female mosquitoes spread diseases because only females “bite” for blood. They are known to carry and spread many diseases. The threat of diseases may not be as high in California as it is dealing with mosquito control in South Florida, but the threat remains. They are silent until close and will be on you before you realize it.
How to Avoid Issues
- Routinely check the property for standing water and remove
- Eliminate and debris that could house a damp place that could be a breeding ground
- Screen windows and doors and seal properly any entry points to your home
- Avoid outdoor activity if possible, and if you sleep outdoors for an event, the use of netting can be a great protective barrier
- Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin anytime you’re around mosquitoes. DEET doesn’t kill the mosquitoes. It just disorients them and they look elsewhere for food
- There are some plants and essential oils rumored to have benefits as a mosquito repellent but we do not endorse any and you would need to do your own research on efficacy claims
Don’t let this little insect plague your outdoor life. The itching and swatting can be intense, but through the right combination of preventive efforts and a good professional treatment plan, you can live virtually pest free. If treatment choices have you overwhelmed, we offer a full-blown mosquito reduction program, and it is fantastic! Read more on our process online here.