Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of their hosts - people and animals. Mosquitoes are insects with slender bodies, long legs, hairy wings, and extended mouthparts. They use their extended mouthparts to feed. Both males and females feed on plant nectar and pollen as their main food source. Females also use their specialized mouthparts to feed on the blood of their host. They require the protein found in blood to create their eggs. Their exact coloring and color patterns are species-specific; but most species we come into contact with are black, dark brown, or black and white in color.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are dangerous. They live throughout the world and the diseases they transmit are responsible for debilitating or causing the death of millions of people each year, mostly in developing or tropical areas. In the United States, mosquitoes don’t pose a significant threat to people. However, they do still spread serious diseases like West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, Zika virus, and canine heartworm. People need to take care to protect themselves and their pets from mosquitoes.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

The main reason mosquitoes are living on your property is because there are areas of standing water on it. Females lay their eggs on top of standing water, which is also where their eggs hatch and larvae develop into adults. Ornamental ponds, wading pools, clogged gutters, low-lying areas in driveways, drainage ditches, and water collecting inside containers are common mosquito-breeding spots. Additionally, properties with flowering vegetation can also attract mosquitoes due to plant nectar being their main food.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Mosquitoes rest during the middle of the day when the sun is high and the temperature is at its hottest. Common resting spots for mosquitoes on residential properties include in tall grasses, in areas of dense vegetation, along fence lines, under trees, behind tree bark, or under decks and porches. Mosquitoes may make their way inside homes or commercial buildings while searching for food sources or a cool place to rest. They move inside through spaces around windows and doors, open windows and doors, and holes in screens.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

To reduce the number of mosquitoes living on your property, partner with an experienced professional. At Holifield Pest Management, our certified and licensed professionals can provide the comprehensive services needed to find and treat the mosquitoes living and breeding on your property. For all of your residential or commercial pest control needs, call the full-service pest control experts at Holifield Pest Management. We serve Laurel and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and surrounding areas. To learn more about our mosquito control services or to receive a free estimate, reach out to us!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Listed below are some preventative steps you can take to help keep mosquitoes from taking over your Forrest County, Mississippi home or commercial property:

  • Regularly empty and refill baby pools, bird baths, and your pet’s water dish.

  • Keep grass cut short and remove dense vegetation from your property.

  • Maintain gutters to prevent water from pooling in them.

  • Do not overplant flowering vegetation near your home.

  • Trim overgrown shrubs and bushes away from the exterior of your home.

  • Replace torn screens and place weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Regularly shake off the water that collects on top of trash can lids, tarps, and similar items.

  • Store buckets, wheelbarrows, baby pools, and other containers that collect water upside down when not in use.

 

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