HOW TO IDENTIFY A MOSQUITO INFESTATION
Appearance – Mosquitoes are very distinctive insects. They typically have longer bodies, reaching anywhere from 3 to 9 mm in length. They are also known for their larger wing span and a small head with a long, sucking mouthpart (proboscis) to drink blood with.
Behavior – Mosquito problems tend to occur near water because mosquitoes and their eggs thrive in these locations. You will most likely see mosquitoes active during the summer months when the weather is at its most damp and humid. They tend to swarm in areas where the water is stagnant, which is a perfect breeding ground for mosquito larva. It is most likely a female mosquito biting–as the blood allows them the energy to produce eggs. You will most likely only see mosquitoes in the early evening until dawn when it is coolest.
WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE MOSQUITOES
Mosquito problems can be caused by where you live or issues on your property. If you live near any body of water, you may be susceptible to a mosquito infestation. Stagnant water tends to produce more mosquitoes, so living near a pond or slow-moving stream increases the likelihood of mosquito problems. Having rainwater collectors, open containers, or even divots in your property where puddles accumulate, can become mosquito breeding grounds. It should be noted that even without standing water, mosquitoes may come to visit your property anyway looking for a good meal.
REASONS TO TREAT YOUR MOSQUITO PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY
Mosquitoes are known carriers of diseases such as West Nile Virus and Zika–both of which have been detected in the United States. Beyond these diseases, mosquito bites are a nuisance no one wants to deal with.
If you start seeing too many mosquitoes, you should give us a call. Mosquitoes reproduce rapidly, and more mosquitoes will only increase the likelihood of you or a loved one getting bit or sick from the bite. Treating the property and finding hot spots for mosquitoes to treat is key to keeping a mosquito problem under control.