What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are regular invaders of our Georgia outdoor spaces; the heat and humidity of our summers allow these small flies to thrive. In order to produce their eggs, female mosquitoes must have blood meals, satisfying their hunger with the blood of people and warm-blooded animals.
Mosquitoes are most well known for their long extended mouthpart (proboscis) that they use to feed on both plant nectar (the female’s and male’s primary food source) and to pierce the skin of their animal hosts to feed on their blood.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Throughout their short lives (an adult usually lives for about six to nine days), mosquitoes will feed on the blood of multiple hosts. As they feed, they acquire and transmit pathogens. They are a significant health concern for both people and animals. The spread of parasitic heartworm by mosquitoes in dogs and cats living in Georgia is a also huge concern.
Diseases that mosquitoes spread to people in our area include the following:
- West Nile virus
- Eastern equine encephalitis virus
- LaCrosse virus
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
You have a problem with mosquitoes because they are outdoor pests that do exceedingly well in Georgia. Mosquitoes are prolific breeders that quickly establish large populations around standing water. All of our yards are potential hotbeds for mosquito activity as they will take advantage of even the smallest amount of standing water to lay their eggs.
Properties with or located near wooded areas, marshes, drainage ditches, and other areas that collect water are most prone to experiencing problems with large populations of these pests.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Many places in our yards collect rainwater and moisture, and mosquitoes use them as breeding sites. Natural containers that mosquitoes breed in include tree stumps, tree hollows, and low lying areas. Female mosquitoes also use man-made containers like trash can lids, buckets, wheelbarrows, flower pots, gutters, and pools as breeding sites.
After hatching and developing into adults, most mosquitoes tend to stay in the area; therefore, the more standing water you have on your property, the more of these biting pests there will be. During periods of rainy weather, mosquito populations explode because plenty of standing water is left behind for them to utilize.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are outdoor pests that thrive in the warm, humid conditions that Georgia provides. The best way to reduce their numbers and control their populations is through regular, professional services. At Ennis Exterminating, our skilled and experienced team of pest professionals provide the comprehensive services needed to control mosquitoes and other outdoor pests through our Bite Block program.
If you live in Fayetteville or the surrounding areas, call today to learn more about our effective mosquito control solutions!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Mosquitoes will think twice about using your yard as a place to feed and nest after you implement the following helpful prevention tips provided by our pest control experts:
- Keep mosquitoes out of your home by keeping screens in windows and doors.
- Remove as much standing water from your yard as possible.
- Repair low-lying areas in your yard that allow puddles to collect.
- Repair clogged gutters, drippy hoses, and leaky outdoor water features.
- Keep containers like buckets, wheelbarrows, and wading pools upside down when not in use.
- Regularly change out the water in pet food bowls, wading pools, and birdbaths.
- If you own a pool, make sure it is properly maintained to make it less attractive to mosquitoes.
- Mow your grass regularly and keep landscaping on your property from overgrowing.
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