Mosquitoes: Facts, Identification & Control
How to Identify Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are one of the most-common summer pests. They range in size from 3 to 9 mm. Their bodies and wings are covered in tiny scales. They have long, thin legs and long nose, which females use to draw blood. Mosquitoes have narrow and oval body. There are more than 150 species of mosquitoes in North America, the most common being the Asian tiger mosquito. Mosquitoes range in color from pale brown to black, gray, silver and green with whitish stripes across abdomen or with iridescent blue scales. They are easily recognizable from the buzzing sound they make while approaching humans.
Mosquitoes Eating and Feeding Habits
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water including ponds, marshes, flood waters, drains, even water in old tires and in tree holes. They also breed in soft soil. Mosquitoes, only female ones, search for food, i.e. blood by detecting body heat and carbon dioxide exhaled by humans. Male mosquitoes feed on plant nectar. Usually, mosquitoes bite at dawn and dusk and during the night. However, Asian tiger mosquito bites during the day too. Most mosquitoes are not active in the sunshine because they may die. The rapid beating of mosquito wings creates a buzzing sound that we can hear when they are near us.
Mosquitoes are vectors of serious diseases like malaria, yellow fever, dengue, encephalitis and West Nile virus. Mosquito bites can cause mild irritation to intense inflammation and swelling.
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How to Prevent Mosquitoes in Home
If you find any sign of mosquito in your yard, home or office, immediately Contact Crown Pest for the best mosquito elimination treatment. Our specialists are adept at recognizing the species involved, the severity of the problem, and any potential threats. Our professionals will visit your premises and take time to inspect the critical areas and common habitats. Accordingly, they use the most-advanced and the most-effective treatment to make your home, office and surroundings pest-free.
Some DIY Tips to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
- Replace any stagnant water at least once a week.
- Screen windows, doors and other openings with fine mesh.
- Discard mosquito breeding sites like old tires, old paint cans, unattended bird baths, unwanted splash pools, etc
- In summers, use an effective mosquito repellant.
- When bitten by a mosquito, apply a paste of baking soda and water. A cold compress and certain lotions also prove helpful to reduce swelling.
- Wear full-sleeved and long-legged clothes in summers when going outside.
- Use mosquito nets for children around their beds.
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