What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are outdoor pests. In order to complete their lifecycles, females require blood meals. Mosquitoes feed on both human and animal blood, piercing their host’s skin using their proboscis, which is an elongated mouthpart. Males do not have blood meals; instead, they and females feed on plant nectar as their main food source.
Mosquitoes are prolific breeders, with females using as little as a tablespoon of standing water to lay their eggs. Keeping mosquitoes off our properties without professional help is difficult as they live, breed, and feed outdoors.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
More than almost any other insect, mosquitoes can affect people's health. Female mosquitoes feed on multiple hosts, including both humans and animals. As they feed, they acquire disease-causing pathogens and parasites and then spread them to new hosts through their saliva. Mosquitoes living throughout Texas spread parasitic heartworms to our pets and the following diseases to people:
- Dengue fever
- West Nile virus
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes are problematic worldwide, but especially in areas like Georgia with warm, humid weather conditions. Warm temperatures and plenty of standing water allow mosquitoes to thrive and quickly complete their life cycle. Properties near a lot of standing water, dense vegetation, and flowering plants will have problems with mosquitoes.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Large numbers of mosquitoes tend to develop after periods of rainy weather when there is plenty of standing water around to take advantage of. Standing water collects in both man-made and natural containers and is used as breeding sites for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes tend to hang out pretty close to where they hatched, so many mosquitoes are often found hanging out around areas of standing water, overwatered gardens, marshes, or ponds.
Areas that mosquitoes use as breeding sites include the following:
- Hard-sided containers, flower pots, trash cans, recycling bins, wheelbarrows, wading pools, and buckets
- Tree stumps, tree hollows, low-lying areas
- Leaf piles, brush piles, woodpiles
- Clogged gutters
- The ground under leaky air conditioners, outdoor fixtures, or hoses
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Control the number of biting mosquitoes living and feeding on your property by partnering with the local pest control experts at Alternative Pest Control. Trust our family-owned-and-operated company to protect your family from the itchy bites mosquitoes deliver.
Using Integrated Pest Management techniques, and regular, customized services, we will solve your property’s unique mosquito problems. We base our flexible alternatives on your needs, and our customized services will meet your expectations and rid your property of pest problems.
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Taking the following steps will help you to stop mosquitoes from taking over your Georgia property. In conjunction with our pest control services, our prevention tips will help guard your home against mosquitoes.
- Maintain your yard to prevent plants and grass from overgrowing and providing mosquitoes with resting spots.
- Stop mosquitoes from breeding by removing standing water from your property.
- Store containers that collect water upside down when not in use.
- Clean up the clutter in your yard that can collect rainwater and that mosquitoes can use as resting spots.
- If you utilize rain barrels, make sure to keep lids on them.
- Keep backyard pools or hot tubs adequately maintained.
- Make sure to keep windows and doors closed as much as possible and place tight-fitting screens in both.
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