Mosquitoes are often viewed as pesky blood sucking annoyances. Not only are mosquitoes irritating to be around, but they can also be pretty dangerous. Since mosquitoes have the potential to carry a litany of diseases, such as the West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, and malaria to name a few, it is important to control and prevent infestations at the first sign.
Here are the signs to watch out for
Standing Water on Your Property
Female mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in standing water because it is an ideal location for them to develop and survive in. Therefore, mosquitoes are attracted to areas with stagnant or standing water be it natural or artificial in containers. For example, a cup of water in discarded planter is sufficient to breed hundreds of mosquitoes!
And what is worse than knowing that a female mosquito laid eggs on your property? Knowing that there were at least 100 eggs laid at one time. This means that if you are not prompt in handling your mosquito issue, there is a high likelihood of a mosquito infestation. You will notice the wigglers (larvae) and tumblers (pupae) in the water, sure sign you have existing infestation.
That synonymous buzzing you often associate with mosquitoes, is one of the tell-tale signs that you might have a mosquito problem. You will know that you have mosquitoes, as they emit a distinct high-pitched buzzing noise.
In addition, although you may not always see them, if you are constantly hearing this sound, then there is a high probability that there are mosquitoes lingering around or breeding on your property.
Seeing Mosquitoes in Shaded Areas
Most mosquito species are predominantly active in the evenings and at dusk; as a result they hide and rest in shady, dark and cool spots during day times, especially in dense vegetation.
If you live on a property that has a lot of shade or dimmed areas, these are mosquito hotspots that need to be checked regularly and may need to be treated.
Experiencing increased Itching/Appearance of Bites
Since female mosquitoes need the proper nourishment, which includes blood, to produce eggs, you may notice, whether it is through the visual appearance of the bite or the feeling of itchiness from the bite that you are experiencing bites when on your property.
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Common Mosquito-borne Diseases
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The Life Cycle of a Mosquito
The lifespan of adult mosquitoes is dependent on the species; under natural conditions, they can live from a few days to several months. However, in their life cycle , they undergo a complete metamorphosis, comprised of four different stages: the egg, larva, pupa, and adult.