What do mosquitoes look like?
What a mosquito looks like depends on its exact species. In general, mosquitoes have a fly-like appearance with slender bodies, a pair of scaled wings, and long, thin legs.
The Asian tiger mosquito is one of the most prevalent biting mosquitoes found in our area of South Carolina. These mosquitoes have a black and white “tiger-striped” pattern. They are often recognized by the white stripe that runs down the middle of their heads and the white banding found on their legs. They are a small species of mosquito, only growing to about ¼ of an inch in length.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Yes, mosquitoes can be a dangerous species of insect. In fact, they are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals in the world due to the serious diseases that they can spread, making people extremely ill. Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting diseases such as West Nile virus, encephalitis, and Zika virus in the United States.
What attracts mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are attracted to properties for a few different reasons:
Standing or stagnant water provides a prime place for females to lay their eggs. Anything from a clogged gutter to a water puddle in the driveway, an empty bucket or a wading pool can become a mosquito breeding ground.
Properties that have a lot of flowering vegetation are also attractive to mosquitoes. Both males and females feed on plant nectar as their main food source.
Mosquitoes like to hide or rest in areas of tall grasses or dense vegetation, so properties that have this kind of landscaping are likely to attract mosquitoes.
Females feed on the blood of people and animals in order to receive the protein that is required to create their eggs. You, your family, and any pets or animals located on your property may also attract mosquitoes to your South Carolina property.
How do you get rid of mosquitoes?
There is no way to completely eliminate mosquitoes from any property. Mosquitoes live, breed, and feed outside and can travel long distances in search of blood meals. However, by partnering with a pest control professional, you can greatly reduce the numbers of biting mosquitoes found breeding and resting on your property.
At The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. our technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and top-grade pesticides to significantly reduce mosquito populations in yards during the mosquito’s active season. To learn more about our highly-effective mosquito reduction treatments, give us a call today to make an appointment!
How do you prevent problems with mosquitoes?
In addition to securing our mosquito reduction treatments, our professional South Carolina exterminators recommend implementing the following mosquito prevention tips to reduce the number of mosquitoes found on your property:
- Keep your lawn well-maintained by mowing it regularly.
- Trim back and remove overgrown vegetation from your property.
- Fill in holes to prevent them from collecting rainwater and eliminate other sources of standing water on your property.
- Keep your gutters clear of debris and make sure they are functioning properly.
- Regularly remove water from the tops of trash can lids, tarps, and similar items.
- Store buckets, wheelbarrows, and other containers that collect water upside down when not in use.
- If you own a pool, ensure that it is properly maintained; regularly empty and re-fill kiddie pools.
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