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Mosquito Identification & Prevention

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. 

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. 

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