Mosquito

Category:

Actual Size:  ⅛” to ⅜”

Characteristics: Gray to black; some having white, green, or blue markings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing water sources such as ponds, rain gutters, storm drains, old tires, children’s wading pools, and birdbaths.

Habits:

  • Mosquitoes are active at dawn and dusk, which is when they are most likely to bite
  • Mosquitoes will bite both humans and animals
  • These pests are most known for transmitting some of the world’s most dangerous diseases

Mosquitoes in Knoxville TN

Mosquitoes pose a greater threat to human health and existence than any other animal. They are an annoyance because of the itchy bites they leave behind, however, they also transmit many important diseases, like malaria, West Nile, and Zika Virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people every year, with the majority of these deaths due to malaria.

There are about 200 different species of mosquitoes found throughout the United States, with habitats ranging from deserts at or below sea level to mountain meadows with elevations of 10,000 feet or higher. Mosquitoes can be found in many different regions, which is why they are such a threat worldwide.

Mosquito Habitat

Mosquitoes need a source of standing or stagnant water in order to breed or survive. They lay their eggs in these water sources and are commonly found around marshes and lakes. Mosquitoes only need a half-inch of water to breed, making any area susceptible to an infestation. Residential areas in the Knoxville TN can provide the perfect breeding spot for mosquitoes, whether its a kiddie pool, metal bucket, flower pot, or any other object that collects rainwater or excess water from irrigation systems. Because mosquitoes can pop up at any time, it’s important for homeowners to regularly inspect their property to check for mosquito hotspots.

Mosquito Behaviors, Threats, & Dangers

A mosquito bite can range from mild to very dangerous. Quick facts about their bites include:

  • Most mosquito species require a blood meal before they can reproduce a batch of eggs.
  • Many people and animals are bitten by mosquitoes with no side effects except the typical itchy welt.
  • People infected with mosquito-transmitted viruses show no symptoms or only mild, flu-like symptoms that may not result in a visit to the doctor.
  • Severe symptoms following infection occur in a small percentage of people. 

If you have a mosquito problem, it’s important to always contact your local mosquito exterminator for assistance.