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Frequently Asked Questions About Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are small flying insects that are known for their pesky bites and their likelihood of ruining outdoor events when they appear in large numbers. These insects have thin waists, six pairs of legs, a pair of wings, and elongated mouthpieces called a proboscis that they use to feed on plant nectar. Females also use their proboscis to bite mammals, drinking blood to develop their eggs.

While mosquitoes are important pollinators and a valuable part of our ecosystem, they are problematic to deal with and typically require professional mosquito control treatment.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are a very common pest, and many people may think this insect is nothing more than a nuisance, but they are actually fairly dangerous to host on your property. Mosquitoes have the potential for transmitting illnesses with their bites, and the diseases carried by mosquitoes include serious viruses such as Zika virus, malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile virus.

Additionally, some mosquito bites can trigger allergic reactions, and severe pain, itchiness, swelling, and even anaphylaxis might occur after a mosquito bite is received. It’s important to keep mosquitoes away from your property if you want to avoid these health risks.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes love to hide around overgrown areas, near puddles of water, and around spaces with plenty of bright or sweet-smelling flowers to feed from. If you are noticing an increase in mosquitoes around your property, you may need to remove factors that are attracting these pests. Inspect your property for puddles of standing water and other overgrown, humid spots that might encourage mosquito infestations.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes prefer to hide in shaded areas, near puddles of standing water, and in swampy areas. You are most likely to find mosquitoes hiding in long grasses, around fallen logs or piles of debris, or near puddles of standing water. If they do get inside, mosquitoes will be seen buzzing around near windows or trying to bite the people on your property.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

If you want to get rid of mosquitoes the easy way, your best option is to contact The PEST Group for assistance. We pride ourselves on experienced, dedicated home pest control and commercial pest control services, and we will put our years of experience to work defeating mosquitoes around your property. When you trust us, you can rest assured that these buzzing pests will be eliminated in no time.

Reach out to The PEST Group today for a free inspection.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

These prevention tips are the best ways to keep mosquitoes away after professional control services have been received:

  • Cut back long grasses, trim trees and shrubs, and prune plants where necessary to stop overgrown and foliage-dense areas from attracting mosquitoes.

  • Remove piles of debris from outdoor areas, store woodpiles in elevated areas, and clear fallen branches or trees off of your property to reduce mosquito hiding spots.

  • Address moisture issues on your property and remove all puddles of standing water, as these are major mosquito breeding grounds.

  • Treat any water features on your property with an animal-safe larvicide or install filters to keep water moving and deter mosquitoes from laying eggs.

  • Utilize window and door screens around your property in addition to weatherstripping and door sweeps to keep mosquitoes outside.

  • Choose plants that mosquitoes hate the smell of for outdoor landscaping such as marigolds, citronella grass, lavender, and rosemary.

For reliable and efficient mosquito treatment you can count on, contact The PEST Group today.

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