The most infamous summer pest around! Mosquitoes, Culex species, are known for their uncanny ability to breed at high volumes. Typical mosquitoes have to breed in soft soil or any stagnant bodies of water. Thus, giving them the ability to breed virtually anywhere on your property. Across North America, there are over 170 different species of mosquitoes so your home may be under attack from a wide variety of these pesky bloodsuckers.
Contrary to popular belief, not all mosquitoes suck blood for food. Only the female mosquitoes suck our blood for food as well as fuel for breeding. On the other hand, male mosquitoes primarily feed on nectar from various plants and flowers. The female mosquitoes are top-notch hunters, and they hunt for blood via sensory receptors that detect the release of our body heat and carbon dioxide.
Mosquitoes' biggest threat to humans is their ability to carry vicious infectious diseases. Mosquitoes have been known to carry such diseases as malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis, and West Nile virus. In recent years West Nile has become a serious threat to populations across the United States. Preventative practice is the only way to reduce your exposure to the infectious diseases that mosquitoes carry.
As mentioned earlier, Mosquitoes are breeding machines. Mosquitoes have been sighted breeding in all forms of stagnant water including water in tree stumps, pools, storm drains, gutters, flooded yards, ponds, creeks, you name it, a mosquito has made it their home. The first step of mosquito control involves removing any and all habitats across your property. This includes eliminating all standing water and covering open water sources such as a backyard pool. In addition to this, it is critical that homeowners block all entrances to their domiciles, patching holes in screen doors, and any cracks in windows or doors. While outside, it is important to limit your activities during dusk when mosquitoes are most active. In addition to limiting your activity, wearing insect repellents such as DEET can prevent you from being exposed to any mosquito bites and the infectious diseases they carry.
If you find that your property has already been invaded by mosquitoes contact H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing today to schedule your free inspection and guarantee your property will be mosquito free!