Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are insects that are found living worldwide. Mosquitoes have a fly-like appearance, but their exact size and color depends on their specific species. In general, mosquitoes have slender bodies, long legs, narrow wings that are covered in fine hair, and an extended mouth part (proboscis) that they use for feeding. Most species of mosquitoes are black, dark brown, or black and white in color. Despite mosquitoes' small size and delicate nature, they are considered to be one of the world's most deadly animals. Mosquitoes feed on the blood of people and animals. Since they feed on a wide range of hosts, they have the ability to carry and transmit a wide variety of diseases.

adult mosquito harvesting the blood of a charlottesville resident

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Yes, mosquitoes are dangerous to both people and our pets. Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting a wide variety of illnesses here in the U.S. including West Nile virus, encephalitis, and the Zika virus in the United States. Mosquitoes are also the main vectors for malaria and though this disease is not a threat here in the United States, it is still a major threat all across the globe. Mosquitoes can also infect dogs with canine heartworm, a parasite which if not prevented or treated for can be life-threatening for them.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are attracted to properties that provide breeding grounds and ample food sources for them. Some common things to look out for include:

  • Standing water attracts mosquitoes as that is where the female mosquitoes lay their eggs and where those eggs develop into larvae and then new mosquito adults. Some common areas of standing water on our properties include ornamental ponds, marshes, wading pools, drainage ditches, kiddie pools, and water build-up in containers.

  • Plant nectar is the main food source for both female and male mosquitoes; the females only consume blood in order to get the required proteins needed to make their eggs. Therefore, properties with an abundance of flowering vegetation are more at risk of mosquito problems.

Where are mosquitoes commonly found?

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn each day. During the heat of the day, mosquitoes rest and hide. They prefer the following areas:

  • Tall grass and dense foliage

  • Areas of dense vegetation

  • Along fence lines

  • Near tree lines

  • Under decks or porches

Swarms of mosquitoes are also going to be found around any areas of standing water on your property. Mosquitoes may make their way inside homes while searching for a blood meal. They typically gain entry through spaces found around windows and doors, open windows and doors, or through holes in window screens or screen doors.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

The best way to reduce the number of mosquitoes found living on your property is to partner with a pest control professional. When you partner with Triple S Services, we will identify the mosquitoes you're dealing with on your property, locate the source of your mosquito problem, and completely eliminate it. Our professionals will take care of your mosquito remediation needs through our modern and effective Mosquito Abatement Program.

To learn more about implementing our mosquito control services into your Central or Northern Virginia home, reach out to us at Triple S Services!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

In combination with professional pest control services from Triple S, there are things that you can do to make your home and property less appealing to mosquitoes:

  • Make sure your gutters are in working condition and free of debris.

  • Keep your lawn well-maintained by mowing it regularly.

  • Trim and remove any dense vegetation from your property.

  • Fill in holes to help stop rainwater from pooling on your property.

  • Regularly remove water that collects on the tops of trash can lids, tarps, and similar items around your yard.  

  • Store buckets, wheelbarrows, baby pools, and other containers that can collect rainwater upside down when not in use.

  • If you have a pool on your property, make sure that it is properly maintained. 

  • Regularly empty and re-fill kiddie pools, bird baths, and your pet’s water dish.

  • Repair or replace broken screens and place weather stripping around your exterior windows and doors.

To learn more about our mosquito control services or to get started, reach out to us today!

 

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