As the warm weather approaches, it’s exciting to get to spend more time outside. But then you’re reminded of the pests that just never seem to leave you alone all spring and summer—mosquitoes!
The United States is home to over 150 different species of mosquitoes, while there are around 3,500 different species worldwide. Mosquitoes have long legs, two antennae, and two wings. The most common mosquitoes are brown or black and may have some white markings on their body.
Mosquito season ranges from spring to fall, with the peak season being summer.
What Do They Feed On?
Female mosquitoes have a tube-like mouth called a proboscis, which is how they extract blood from other species. People generally call this a mosquito “bite”, but they actually pierce the skin of their host with the proboscis. In addition to humans, mosquitoes feed on the blood of various other hosts such as mammals, birds, reptiles, and some fish.
Mosquitoes feed on blood for protein and iron needed to produce eggs. Eggs are laid on the surface of water, which is why it’s so important to rid your property of standing water.
The Potential Dangers of a Mosquito Bite
Mosquito bites are generally harmless if the mosquito is not carrying a virus or disease, and if the host is not allergic to their bites. The saliva of the mosquito is what makes the bite itch and sometimes become red and swollen.
Mosquitos aren’t only a nuisance, they can transmit viruses and diseases such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and more. They also produce bad allergic reactions for some people that cause excessive swelling and itching.
DIY Mosquito Control
There are a few things you can do right now to help limit the mosquito population and their bites around your home.
- Avoid going outside without wearing a Mosquito repellant during dusk or dawn as this is when mosquitoes are most active.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to CO2 and lactic acid. If you just got done working out, make sure to shower before you spend time outside as Mosquitos love to bite you after you break a sweat.
- Get rid of standing water. As little as a few drops of water is all that is needed to create the perfect breeding ground for thousands of mosquito eggs.
- Plant mosquito repelling plants such as citronella, lavender, and rosemary.
- Patch all holes in your window screens so they cannot enter your home.
Contact General Pest Control for Help
While the DIY solutions provide some relief for mosquito control, you need to hire a professional mosquito control company to eliminate the population on your property, as well as their eggs. We are a local family owned business who have been eliminating Mosquitos and other pests for the Ohio community since 1937. Customer satisfaction is our top priority and that is what you can expect from us. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to eliminate mosquitoes from your home.