Mosquito Identification & Prevention

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are a type of fly and belong to the order Diptera. Worldwide, there are about 3,000 species of mosquitoes – 80 of which are in Florida. Adult mosquitoes have narrow, oval-shaped bodies with long legs, and long, thin mouthparts (proboscises) they use for feeding. All mosquitoes have one pair of wings, and their color patterns vary by species; most are brown or black with white markings. Female mosquitoes consume blood meals to get the protein required for her eggs, but males do not feast on blood.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are dangerous pests, and prevention measures should always be taken to stop them from living on your property. Mosquitoes transmit malaria in tropical and developing countries, which is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. While Malaria is not a significant threat in the United States, mosquitoes transmit many serious diseases. Common diseases spread by mosquitoes in Florida include Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and West Nile virus.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes live and breed outside and have a flight range of about 1-3 miles, which makes keeping them off your property difficult. They are especially attracted to areas of standing water and flowering vegetation. Plant nectar is their primary food source and they lay their eggs on standing water, where their larvae develop into viable adults.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are outdoor pests and will only come into your home through openings while searching for food and shelter. During the heat of the day, mosquitoes rest along fences line, behind tree bark, under decks, under trees, and in tall grass. Mosquitoes are most active around dusk or dawn. They can be seen swarming around areas of standing water like ponds, marshes, and swamps. You will also find them around containers filled with water, birdbaths, old tires, wading pools, and clogged rain gutters.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

The best way to eliminate problems with mosquitoes in your Southeast Florida home or business is to partner with an experienced professional. At Pest-Aside, we offer the residential and commercial services needed to get rid of mosquitoes and other common Florida pests at an affordable price. We are 100% committed to our customers and their pest control needs. To learn more about our pest control services, contact Pest-Aside today!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Preventing problems with mosquitoes on your Boca Raton or Southeast Florida property is a difficult challenge. Here are some steps to help avoid an infestation:

  • Get rid of as much standing water from your yard and driveway as possible.

  • If you own a pool, make sure to keep it maintained.

  • Maintain gutters and downspouts.

  • Keep grass cut short.

  • Cut back overgrown vegetation.

  • Fix leaky outdoor faucets and hoses.

  • Store containers that collect water upside down when not in use.

  • Place weather stripping around windows and doors, and make sure window and door screens are intact.

 

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