Mosquitoes

Identification

  • Colour Grey, white, silver, green or iridescent blue
  • Size From 4 mm to 10 mm long
  • Description Have three pairs of long legs, a pair of membranous, scaled wings, and halteres attached to the thorax.
  • Notes Some species have brilliantly coloured and patterned wings.

General Facts

Why do I have mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes flock to human homes in the summer time to lay their eggs on the standing water found in storm sewers, flooded areas, tree holes, old tires, bird baths, and flower pots. Both sexes of mosquito feed on sugar sources, which include plant nectar, honeydew, fruit juice, and other plant secretions. However, female mosquitoes cannot produce eggs until they get a blood meal, by biting and sucking the blood of a human or animal. Mosquito larvae are completely aquatic and feed on various dead and living microorganisms, including algae, bacteria, fungi, and even flotsam. When not feeding, adult mosquitoes rest in tall, shady vegetation near a water source.

How worried should I be about mosquitoes?

More than just a mere nuisance, mosquito bites can cause very painful inflammation and some can transmit plasmodium, a pathogen that causes malaria, West Nile virus, encephalitis viruses complex, and filarial heartworm in dogs. Mosquitoes only live for a short time, but they reproduce extremely fast. Every few days, females lay hundreds of eggs, which hatch a short time later. To successfully break the mosquito life cycle and end the infestation, you need professional pest control services.

How can I prevent mosquitoes invading?

Eliminate all standing water, Remove containers that hold water, Drain bird baths and decorative pots, Fill redundant ditches or holes, Keep ponds and fountains clear, Trim back all tall vegetation, Retrofit storm drains and catch basins, Wear insect repellent and protective clothing

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