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What are mosquitoes?

The mosquito is one of the most irritating pests to find their way into our Collegeville yards. Being relentlessly bitten by mosquitoes is annoying and unpleasant and can ruin your time outside.

The mosquito is a type of small fly. We identify mosquitoes by their tiny bodies, long, thin legs, elongated, nose-like mouthparts, and the buzzing sound they emit in flight. Males and females use their proboscis to feed on nectar and other sweet liquids, the mosquito's primary food source. 

Females also use their proboscis to pierce the skin of people and animals and consume blood meals. The blood meals allow female mosquitoes to make viable eggs and complete their life cycle. 

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Throughout their short lifespan, they will feed on the blood of many hosts. As mosquitoes ingest the blood of different people and animals, they will acquire pathogens that they then pass on to their next hosts. 

Mosquito bites themselves aren't typically too painful, but they are usually very itchy. When mosquitoes inject their proboscis into the skin of their host, they introduce their saliva. When the body reacts to this foreign saliva, it causes the itchy swelling these pests are well-known for causing. Excessive scratching at the bite sites, especially in children, can lead to secondary infections. 

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are outdoor pests, and anyone can have a problem with these biting pests in their yards. Our yards offer mosquitoes ample access to food (plant nectar), resting spots, and breeding sites (areas of standing water). 

Standing water is the biggest reason you notice a sudden increase in mosquito activity on your property. Once mosquitoes hatch from the eggs laid on top of standing water on your property, they will likely stay in the area, mate, and produce more mosquitoes. 

Luckily, mosquitoes typically aren't a problem inside our homes. If windows or doors are propped open, like other flies, you may find them flying around your home, but they don't usually establish large indoor populations. 

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Most types of mosquitoes are at their most active, feeding and breeding at dusk and dawn. You will see them swarming around people, animals, and areas of standing water. 

Things in our yards that collect water and provide breeding sites for mosquitoes include tree stumps, woodpiles, trash and yard debris, low-lying areas, buckets, flower pots, gutters, and recycling bins. 

During the middle of the day, many species of mosquitoes like to rest in areas of shade to escape from hot temperatures and direct sunlight. In our Collegeville yards, spaces under trees, decks, and shrubbery are common resting spots in addition to areas of tall grass, weeds, and yard debris. 

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

If mosquitoes went extinct, we would likely all breathe a sigh of relief! However, since mosquitoes have been around for eons, that isn't likely to happen anytime soon. Therefore partnering with a professional is the best want to keep mosquitoes around your Collegeville property. 

Don't allow mosquitoes to ruin another summer for you and your family; control mosquito numbers most efficiently and effectively by partnering with Terra Pest Management Specialists. Using high-quality products, we will treat your yard from April thru October to eliminate adults and inhibit the development of the larvae into new biting adults. Contact us today for more information about ridding your commercial property of mosquitoes and other outdoor pests.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

The best way to control mosquitoes on your residential property is to eliminate as many potential sources of resting and breeding sites as possible. 

  • Eliminate as much standing water from your property as possible.
  • Always store containers that can collect rainwater upside down and keep gutters free of debris. 
  • Remove tree stumps, woodpiles, and other natural debris that can collect rainwater.
  • Maintain your lawn to limit the resting spots mosquitoes can take advantage of. Keep the grass cut short, remove tall weeds, and keep trees, shrubs, and other landscaping well pruned.

Don't try to get rid of mosquitoes alone. Partner with us and implement the mosquito control services you can count on; call today to learn more!

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