Mosquitoes

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What do mosquitoes look like?

Since we live in South Carolina I’m going to assume we all know what our state bird, the mosquito, looks like. For those that need a description, mosquitoes have a thin body. They are gray with white, silver, green, or blue scales. They typically have white stripes on their abdomen. Mosquitoes have long sweeping legs. They have one set of scaled wings and a halter behind the wings that helps with flight. The female mosquito has a long proboscis that is used to draw blood from it’s victims. Male mosquitoes do not feed this way. they are actually vegetarian, feeding on nectar, aphid honeydew, and plant juices. 

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

For being such a small creature the mosquito is actually quite dangerous. Believe it or not, mosquito bites lead to the deaths of over 1 million people each year. According to the World Health Organization, most of those are due to malaria. It is estimated the mosquitoes have killed as many as 50 billion people over the course of human existence. Mosquitoes are considered the most deadly animal in the world. While malaria is not as prevalent in the United States (only about 1500 cases per year) as it is in many other countries, diseases like West Nile virus, encephalitis, dengue fever, yellow fever, and Zika virus are known to be in the United States.

 

Mosquito habitat.

Besides extreme cold climates, mosquitoes can live just about anywhere. Mosquitoes thrive in hot humid environments. They love forests, marshlands, and any other area with vegetation or standing water. Around homes, you can find mosquitoes under bushes, decks, near any sitting water. This includes children’s wading pools, flowerpots, overwatered flower beds, and gardens. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to lay eggs in or near. 

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Because mosquitoes can fly up to several miles it is impossible to build a barrier to prevent them from coming onto your property. Mosquitoes don’t like strong wind. If you could somehow put large oscillating fans all over the place that would help keep them away. All jokes aside this is probably a good ideal for people who like to spend time out on a porch or covered deck. Add a couple of strong ceiling fans. Until we invent an invisible barrier for the outdoors there aren’t a lot of options to just get rid of them. They are going to come around. 

How can I prevent mosquito problems on my home or business property?

Start off with a routine monthly mosquito treatment from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any mosquito problems on your property. 

  • Remove any standing water from the property. Including overwatering of flower and vegetable gardens. 
  • Attract natural predators of mosquitoes. This includes birds, dragonflies, and even bats. In fact, a single little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in just one hour. 
  • Plant lemongrass, citronella, horsemint, and marigolds around to repel mosquitoes. 

If you are having problems with mosquitoes contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote.

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