Mosquitoes

Mosquito Identification & Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions About Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are small flies that belong to the family Culicidae. They are recognizable for their distinct slender and segmented body, single pair of wings, six legs, and elongated mouthparts. While mosquitoes are important pollinators, and both males and females of this species drink plant nectar, female mosquitoes bite humans and other mammals in order to feed on their blood. They use this blood to properly develop their eggs properly, continuing the mosquito life cycle.

The best way to deal with mosquito infestations is to invest in professional mosquito control that eliminates all traces of these pests from your property.

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Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?

Mosquitoes might be small and considered no more than a nuisance by some, but they are dangerous to encounter, especially in large numbers. As female mosquitoes bite humans and mammals, they pick up bacteria and pathogens, transmitting them via their bites to their next victim. Diseases you can get from mosquitoes include malaria, Zika virus, yellow fever, and West Nile virus.

Additionally, mosquito bites cause allergic reactions in some individuals, ranging from mild itchiness and swelling to anaphylaxis, which needs immediate medical treatment.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes gravitate to properties that have moist and humid conditions. They lay their eggs in standing water and love to hide around damp places. Overgrown foliage, long grass, and piles of debris also attract mosquitoes looking for shady areas to get out of the heat during the middle of the day.

One of the best ways to get rid of mosquitoes is by evaluating your property for these mosquito attractants and removing them.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

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How Can I Prevent Mosquitoes in the Future?

The following ways to repel mosquitoes will help deter future infestations from occurring on your Elk Grove area property:

  • Cut back long grass and overgrown foliage in addition to clearing piles of debris, woodpiles, and any clutter to remove their hiding spots.
  • Carefully remove all traces of standing water around your property, as mosquitoes only need a few inches to lay their eggs.
  • Address leaks and moisture issues that may contribute to the damp and humid conditions mosquitoes love, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Treat water features on your property with larvicide to stop mosquitoes from laying eggs and breeding in these areas.
  • Utilize water filters when larvicides aren’t possible in water features to keep water moving, making it inhospitable to mosquitoes.
  • Install window and door screens around your property in addition to weatherstripping and door sweeps to ensure that interior areas stay free of mosquito invaders.

Contact Bell Pest Control today for more advice about mosquito prevention or assistance with defeating these pests when they seem to be taking over your property. We have more than four decades of experience, and our friendly service technicians are ready to help you pest-proof your property for good.

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