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Mosquitoes are a major health threat, and for this reason, you will often find them in the news. Moreover, mosquitoes can quickly be a nuisance if not taken care of. Some serious and deadly diseases are carried by mosquitoes, for example, malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus, and so on. If you are seeing lots of mosquitoes around you home, give Six Brothers Pest Control a call today!
Here are some facts about mosquitoes that you should know of –
- Egg production of mosquitoes is not done by the female, whereas male mosquitoes do not partake in the activity of feeding on blood. But there are some exception species where the females, like the males, do not feed on blood and survive only on natural sugars and plant nectar.
- Mosquitoes spread encephalitis, which is a major problem in almost all parts of the U.S.
- When both the male and female mosquitoes of the same species are compared, females are bigger in size than the males and live longer than the males.
- The mosquitoes are able to hear through their antenna, or more specifically, the hairs on their antenna. The female antennae are usually hairless or smooth, whereas the male antennae are feathery.
- Each mosquito has six legs.
- Mosquitoes are very resilient creatures, and they are on earth since the Triassic period, which means they date back as much as 400 million years.
What Causes Mosquito Infestations?
Mosquitoes can easily come inside your house through open doors or windows. They do not prefer well-lighted areas and usually stay hidden in corners and dark places. This is also the reason why mosquitoes usually bite at night because they come out in the dark for a meal. Other places where mosquitoes are usually found in the house are laundry rooms and closets. When you notice that the number of mosquitoes in the neighborhood or your house is considerably rising, then you have a mosquito infestation. But what causes this infestation?
The most common reason is standing water near your house or property. Thus, houses located near marshes, ponds, or depressions are usually at risk. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, and that is how the new generation of mosquitoes are produced. These eggs hatch and the young larvae thrive in the water, taking in the elements and food supply from the same. So, if there is a section of your house where there is stagnant water, it can easily become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and cause an infestation.
Signs of a Mosquito Infestation
Here are some signs that you should look out for to identify a mosquito infestation –
- Mosquitoes have wings, and thus, they are flying insects. When there is an infestation, there are usually many mosquitoes flying around in the yard and the house, mostly towards the evening, which causes a buzzing noise. It is high-pitched and very distinct. If you keep hearing this sound every day, then the chances are that there is a mosquito infestation, and thus these pesky little creatures are lingering on your property all the time.
- Another common sign of mosquitoes’ presence on your property is if you keep scratching yourself constantly at night. Mosquitoes often bite you without your knowledge. Since they are small, people do not always notice them. But the bites cause swelling, inflammation, and itching. So, even if you do not notice the mosquitoes biting, you will feel the itching later.
- If you have standing water on your property, you should go check it out. If there is mosquito infestation, you will be able to spot the larvae in the water. The standing water does not always have to be a pond – it can be something as simple as a discarded planter containing water on the window sill.
How to Prevent a Mosquito Infestation?
Prevention is always better than cure, so there are some things that you can do to ensure that the mosquitoes are not able to breed and cause an infestation –
- The first step is to eliminate any standing water that is present on the property. After the mosquito lays its eggs, it takes about seven days for them to transform into adults. Water often collects in different containers and planters around the house. Check these from time to time and if you find water in them, empty them.
- If the gutters and drains around your house have clogged, keep them clean so that the water can keep flowing and not get stuck.
- Take a walk around the yard and your property and see if you can find any low spots or any area that might have an improper drainage system. If you find such a problem, you need to fix it.
- Some homes have birdbaths that have stagnant water. If you do have it, then you need to change the water every day or at least every alternate day.