What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are small, flying insects that are most prevalent when the temperatures are hot, humidity is high, and there is plenty of standing water around for them to use as breeding sites. Maryland provides the perfect environmental conditions for these common pests to thrive!
Mosquitoes have small narrow, oval bodies, six long thin legs, and a long thin, nose or proboscis. The proboscis is an elongated mouthpart used for sucking up and feeding on liquids which is either nectar or blood in the case of mosquitoes.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Females feed on blood to get the proteins they need to develop healthy eggs. As they feed on different people and animal hosts, they are infected with and transmit various pathogens and parasites to new hosts. Mosquitoes can spread encephalitis, West Nile virus, malaria, Zika, and parasitic heartworms. The health risks that mosquitoes pose make them very unwanted in any backyard.
In addition to spreading diseases, mosquito bites themselves are uncomfortable and unpleasant. No one wants to deal with red, itchy mosquitoes bites after spending time outside.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
The truth is that any amount of standing water will provide a place for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs. After the eggs hatch and the larvae develop into adults, those new mosquitoes typically hang out in the area where they hatch, feeding and breeding. Mosquitoes are prolific breeders, and their populations can grow very quickly, especially after periods of rainy weather.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes hang out in areas that provide them with food, resting spots, and of course, ample breeding sites.
Food: The female’s and male’s primary food source is nectar, so flowers, flowering trees, and flowering landscaping are all attractive to mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes also consume blood meals from people, pets, and other warm-blooded animals.
Resting spots: During the day, mosquitoes like to stay out of the direct sunlight by taking cover in tall grass or weeds, under tree canopies, within woodpiles, or under decks.
Breeding sites: Mosquitoes lay their eggs wherever there is standing water. Buckets, tree hollows, clogged gutters, overwatered gardens, low-lying areas that flood regularly, and areas with yard debris or other clutter where rainwater collects can all act as breeding sites.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
At Absolute Home and Pest Solutions, we want to help you make your Maryland backyard a place you can enjoy by controlling mosquito populations. We will provide a treatment every three weeks to reduce the number of mosquitoes living and breeding on your property through our seasonal mosquito control service.
With over 20 years of experience, we know that pest control doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why we work diligently to customize pest control plans for each customer we serve! If mosquitoes are swarming your property, give Absolute Home and Pest Solutions a call today.
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Use the following suggestion to help keep mosquitoes from taking over your property in the Gaithersburg area.
- Clean up yard clutter that can allow rainwater to collect.
- Keep grass short, especially around fences, walkways, and porch steps.
- Repair low-lying areas in your yard that can collect rainwater.
- Keep gutters clear of debris and make sure downspouts are working to direct water away from your home.
- Store containers upside down when you aren’t using them to keep water from collecting in them.
- Regularly empty and refill with fresh water things like pet water dishes and wading pools.
For the best protection against mosquitoes and other common household pests, Absolute Home and Pest Solutions is the answer to all your pest control needs.