Most would describe the mosquito as an annoying insect, but these nuisance pests are also quite dangerous. Their habit of biting humans and other various mammals has lead to the spread of several diseases including malaria, west nile, and yellow fever. For June’s Bug of the Month we are going to take a closer look at the mosquito, what draws them near a property, and what can be done to keep them away.
Adult mosquitoes are 1/8-3/8” long and a gray to black color. Their body and legs are often covered in scales, which can be an iridescent green, blue, or white . Their proboscis/beak, which they use to suck blood from the animals or humans they bite, is another identifying feature.
Mosquitoes have adapted to live near still standing water sources. In addition to ponds, marshes, or lakes, they can adapt to smaller water habitats including puddles, water in a tree hollow, drainage ditches, or even temporary flood waters.
Preventing or eradicating mosquitoes is a multi-step process that begins with a thorough evaluation of the property and structure. Here are a few steps any home or business owner can take to aid in the process:
- Any containers or drainage areas which collect water should be emptied on a regular basis to avoid attracting mosquitoes.
- Windows, doors, or other entry points to the home should be checked for gaps or holes. Screens should be checked seasonally and replaced immediately if holes are present.
- Reducing time spent outdoors at prime “biting” times will help until the problem can be taken care of. Avoid mosquito territory at dusk, dawn, and nighttime.
- If you have a pond or other small water source that is part of your landscape, getting rid of it might not be a desirable option. Predatory fish can be a great, natural mosquito solution for these situations.
If a mosquito problem persists, we recommend calling a pest control professional to take care of the problem. Advanced IPM technicians are licensed experts in their field and can inspect your property free of charge. Give us a call today and start your summer off mosquito-free!