What are mosquitoes?
These tiny flying insects are some of the most problematic pests we experience. Female mosquitoes need to consume blood to reproduce, and people are common hosts of these pests. Male mosquitoes don't need blood since they do not produce eggs, so they stick to plant sap, nectar, and honeydew, which females also consume. Although they feed on blood from a host, mosquitoes are not considered parasites.
A mosquito's appearance will vary depending on the species, but they have a slender body with long delicate legs, wings, and antennae. Many people wonder why we can't eradicate mosquitoes if they are such a problem; we can't do this because they are an essential part of the food chain in many different ecosystems. Animals such as bats, birds, spiders, and reptiles eat mosquitoes and rely on them for food.
Using regular pest prevention measures around your home is a great way to keep safe from mosquito bites and enjoy your outdoor living space.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes aren't just annoying; they are vectors of several dangerous and deadly diseases, including dengue, chikungunya, West Nile virus, and Zika. They can also cause heartworm in dogs. Although not all mosquitoes carry diseases or even bite people, these pests are still considered the most dangerous creatures in the world. While mosquitoes are not nearly as deadly in the U.S. as they are in other sorts of the world, the diseases they carry can lead to other health complications and illnesses.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Unfortunately, Alabama has one of the worst mosquitoes problems in the United States due to our warm and humid weather. So the odds are already stacked against you when it comes to mosquitoes on your property. However, they can worsen if you have stagnant water and lots of shady areas.
Standing water is essential for mosquitoes to reproduce. They only need a tiny amount of water for their larvae to form. Although mosquitoes like warm temperatures, they can't survive in direct sunlight, so they will hide in shady areas during the day when it is hottest.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
As we mentioned above, mosquitoes need standing water and shade to survive. Because of this, the following are common harborage areas for these pests:
- Ponds and landscaping water features
- Play structure and items like kayaks
- Planters, clogged gutters, and ground holes
- Thick foliage and tall grass
- Under decks, compost, rock, and leaf piles
- In outbuildings like sheds, barns, and garages
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Abandon the store-bought costly and ineffective products against mosquitoes and rely on our technicians at Morton's Pest Control. We offer mosquito control services to help reduce populations on your property by addressing conducive conditions such as breeding sites and harborage areas.
No two homes are alike, so one-size-fits-all remedies don't work. Call us today at Morton's Pest Control to learn more about our tailored home exterminator programs and commercial pest control services in Huntsville.
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
To keep mosquitoes from living and breeding on your property, you should actively address the factors that make your property inviting.
- Remove stagnant water by keeping gutters from clogging, emptying any collected water after it rains, properly treating ponds and other landscaping water features.
- Reduce shade by keeping the grass cut short, trimming shrubbery and other foliage, and removing any unnecessary debris.
- Employ the services of a professional pest control company.
Contact us at Morton's Pest Control for more prevention tips and assistance!