What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are small flying insects that, along with other flies, belong to the order Diptera. Mosquitoes have a distinctive, long proboscis that resembles a long tube; female mosquitoes use the proboscis to pierce the skin of their hosts to obtain a blood meal which provides the protein they require to create viable eggs.
Mosquitoes are most commonly identified not by their appearance but by the itchy, sometimes painful bites they deliver and the high-pitched sound they create to let you know that they are near. When mosquitoes swarm around your property, a home pest treatment from Shane's Pest Solution is the best way to keep them away!
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Being small and easily squished by a person's hand, a fly swatter, or rolled-up newspaper, it is easy to forget that mosquitoes are among the planet's most dangerous pests.
These fragile insects are dangerous because of the serious and potentially deadly diseases they spread through their feeding habits. Worldwide, mosquitoes spread diseases like malaria, Zika virus, dengue, West Nile virus, and chikungunya virus.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Warmth, humidity, and standing water allow mosquitoes to thrive in high numbers. Unfortunately, all three of those things manifest themselves in Georgia throughout much of the year. From early March through November, mosquitoes are buzzing around and making it impossible to enjoy outdoor spaces.
Mosquitoes are most problematic on properties near areas of standing water as that is where the females lay their eggs. The more standing water present, the more mosquitoes there will be; this is why after periods of heavy rain, mosquito populations seem to explode. It only takes mosquitoes a period of eight to ten days to develop.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Anything on your property that can collect water and act as breeding grounds for mosquitoes is where swarms of these biting pests will gather. Pools, empty plant pots, buckets, yard equipment, clogged gutters, ditches, tree hollows, the tops of tarps, and children's toys can all collect water and provide females a place to lay their eggs and produce more mosquitoes.
Other places where mosquitoes swarm include areas where there is flowering vegetation. The primary food source for both male and female mosquitoes is plant nectar. During the day, mosquitoes hide in tall grass or dense vegetation to stay out of the direct sunlight. In addition, since people provide a blood source for mosquitoes, they also like to hang out wherever people are and can ruin any time you spend outside.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Professional pest removal services in Newnan are the best way to handle any pest problem, especially a problem with disease-spreading mosquitoes. At Shane's Pest Solutions, we are proud to say that we provide our customers with the best pest control services in Coweta County. "From inspection to eradication," we are here for you. Whether you are looking to implement prevention measures or are currently in the middle of a pest infestation, we will provide you with the high-quality residential and commercial pest control services necessary to solve your property's unique pest issues.
Our mosquito control programs will accommodate your specific needs through our monthly mosquito reduction program or a one-time mosquito treatment. Call today for more information; we are here to help you solve your Georgia property's mosquito problems!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
We have compiled a quick list of things you can do to help keep mosquitoes out of your yard.
- Remove standing water from your property.
- Address leaky pipes, hoses, and fixtures that allow stagnant water to pool.
- Keep your lawn cut short and cut back shrubbery that can provide mosquitoes with a daytime resting spot.
- Plant lavender, citronella, and lemongrass in garden areas; these plants are known natural deterrents against mosquitoes.
To learn how these prevention tips combined with our professional pest control services will allow you to have a backyard you can enjoy without being continuously bitten by mosquitoes, call today!