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How To Identify Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are mainly gray in color and have white, silver, green, or blue iridescent scales with distinctive white stripes going across their abdomen. Adult mosquitoes range in size from ¼ to 3/8th of an inch in length. They have a narrow oval-shaped body, long legs, and a long nose (proboscis). The females use their proboscis to pierce the skin of people and animals in order to draw blood out of them.

Why Do I Have A Mosquito Problem?

Mosquitoes live and breed outdoors; they are drawn to properties that have high grasses, bushes, and thick vegetation. Females lay their eggs on areas of standing water. Yards or properties that have artificial areas of water like ponds, bird baths, and wading pools may have problems with mosquitoes. Mosquitoes will also lay their eggs in dumpsters, wheel barrows, or any other type of container that is sitting around.

Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?

Mosquitoes are dangerous to have infesting your property. Mosquitoes feed on many different hosts and can carry and transmit a variety of diseases. These diseases include:

West Nile virus is a huge concern for people all across the U.S. If left untreated West Nile virus can lead to dangerously high fevers, weakness, confusion, and even coma.

How Do I Control Mosquitoes?

Mosquito control is nearly impossible because these are flying insects that will travel several miles for a meal.  Here at Russell's Pest Control, we understand that we cannot prevent mosquitoes from visiting but we can treat your property so that these biting pests will not breed or hang around.  Learn more about our mosquito control services that include treating breeding sites and areas where adult mosquitoes lurk waiting to cover you and your family in mosquito bites.

Mosquito Prevention Tips

There is no way to completely prevent mosquitoes from getting onto your property but, there are some things that can be done to make it less appealing to them. Here are a few tips to fight in your battle against mosquitoes:

  • Reduce as much standing water on your property as possible.

  • Make sure gutters are not blocked causing water to build up in them.

  • Fill in the low lying areas in your lawn to prevent water from pooling up.

  • Trash cans and dumpsters should have tight fitting lids.

  • Keep wading pools, wheel barrows and other containers upside down when not in use to prohibit water from collecting in them.

  • To help stop mosquitoes from getting into your home make sure that screens and windows are completely intact.

 

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