A Guide To Mosquito Control & Prevention

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are biting pests that are found living throughout most of the world. These pests are actually considered among the most dangerous animals in the world because of the debilitating diseases they can spread. Mosquitoes have a fly-like appearance. Adults have slender bodies, long legs, narrow wings that are covered in fine hair, and an extended mouthpart (proboscis) that they use for feeding. Female mosquitoes feed on the blood of both people and animals in order to get the protein required to create their eggs. Both males and females use their proboscis for feeding on nectar and pollen, which is their main food source.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are dangerous pests. They have the potential to pick up and transmit a wide variety of diseases and parasites to both people and pets. In the United States, mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting West Nile virus, encephalitis, and the zika virus. They also infect dogs with potentially fatal parasitic heartworms. In developing and tropical countries, they spread deadly diseases like malaria, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes live and breed outside, making them a pest that can become a problem on any property. They are especially attracted to properties that have standing water, which is where most species of mosquitoes lay their eggs and where their worm-like larvae develop into adults. Mosquito populations are greatly influenced by the weather and other environmental conditions, and flourish when the spring and summer season is warm and wet. Hot, dry spring and summer seasons produce fewer mosquitoes.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

During the middle of the day, mosquitoes rest in tall grasses, in areas of dense vegetation, along fence lines, under trees, behind tree bark, or underneath decks and porches, in order to escape the heat. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, swarming around areas of standing water or flowering vegetation. Ponds, marshes, swamps, wetlands, flower gardens, or flowering trees tend to have large populations of mosquitoes near them. Sometimes, mosquitoes make their way indoors while searching for food. They move inside through open windows and doors, holes in screens, and gaps around windows and doors.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

To get rid of invasive mosquitoes in and around your Tennessee, Mississippi, or Arkansas home or business, seek the help of an experienced pest control expert. At Mid-South Pest & Termite, our knowledgeable professionals provide effective pest control services using environmentally friendly methods. We are committed to our customers and using advanced solutions to eliminate mosquitoes and other household pests from Memphis, Germantown, Cordova, Bartlett, Lakeland, and Arlington homes. To learn more about our mosquito control service options, call Mid-South Pest & Termite today!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

To avoid problems with invasive mosquitoes at your greater Memphis area home or business we suggest the following prevention tips:

  • Remove areas of standing water from your property.

  • If you own a pool, make sure it is properly maintained.

  • Store containers that can collect water upside down.

  • Maintain your gutters and downspouts.

  • Keep grass cut short and shrubs and bushes trimmed.

  • Ensure that door and window screens are intact.

  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.

 

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