Mosquito Identification & Prevention

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes have narrow, oval-shaped bodies with a pair of wings covered in fine hairs and long legs that hang down during flight. There are approximately 200 different species of mosquitoes living throughout the United States, and their exact appearance and color pattern varies by species. Female mosquitoes require the protein found in blood to create healthy eggs; they use their long, thin mouth parts (proboscises) to pierce the skin of warm-blooded mammals and feed on their blood.

a mosquito biting the neck of a homeowner in las vegas nevada

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are some of the most dangerous insects in the world. They are responsible for transmitting diseases like malaria and yellow fever in tropical and developing countries that kill or harm millions of people every year. In the United States, they pose less of a threat but do transmit diseases and parasites that make people and our pets ill such as encephalitis, West Nile virus, Zika virus, and heartworm (in dogs). In addition to the significant health risks that mosquitoes pose, having large populations of these pests flying and biting on your property makes it hard for you and your family to enjoy your outdoor space.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes thrive in warm, humid weather; under ideal weather conditions, mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in a week or less. Females lay their eggs on top of standing water, and properties near breeding sites will have to contend with large populations of mosquitoes. Ponds, marshes, wading pools, ditches, water inside of a tree stump, clogged gutters, wheelbarrows, and anything else that can collect or hold standing water is a potential breeding site for mosquitoes.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes live, feed, and breed outdoors and can travel long distances, making it a challenge to keep them off your property. Most species of mosquitoes are less active during the middle of the day when temperatures are at their highest. They rest in tall grass, under shrubs, behind tree bark, under decks, and other similar cool, quiet places. Both female and male mosquitoes feed on plant nectar and pollen as their primary food source, so they often gather around flowering plants and trees. While you are most likely to run into a mosquito outside, they do sometimes sneak their way into our homes while out foraging for food, getting in through open windows and doors or torn screens.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Dedicated to providing our residential and commercial customers with effective pest control solutions, Evolve Pest Control will solve all of your Nevada, Texas, and St. George, Utah property's pest problems. With an extensive service area covering Dallas/Fort Worth and the Las Vegas Metro, our trained and experienced service technicians perform thorough inspections and advanced treatments to eliminate pests and prevent them from returning. Our goal is to offer our customers high-quality services that are affordable and eco-friendly, helping them to maintain a pest-free home or business. To request your free quote and get started with your service, contact Evolve Pest Control today!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

In addition to our professional mosquito control services, the following tips will help to keep mosquitoes off your property:

  • If you own a pool, make sure it is properly maintained (chlorinated).

  • Keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible.

  • Replace torn window or door screens.

  • Avoid overwatering potted plants and garden areas.

  • Turn containers that collect water upside down when not in use.

  • Remove leaves and other obstructions from gutters and downspouts.

 

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