What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are those small flies that swarm together in large numbers in our backyards. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are dangerous pests and don't just fly around aimlessly in our backyards; female mosquitoes bite to feed on blood in order to get the protein they need to make viable eggs. Mosquitoes are most active in the spring and summer season when the weather is warmest, putting them in close proximity to people when we are also most active outside.
The mosquito has an elongated piercing mouthpart called a proboscis, wings, six long, thin legs, and a grayish or black body. Some mosquitoes may have white stripes or other lighter markings on their legs or bodies, depending on the exact species.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Female mosquitoes feed on human and animal blood. Because they bite a variety of hosts, they pick up and transmit a variety of diseases.
In most cases, a mosquito bite only results in a red, itchy welt, but it is always important to remember that they can spread pathogens that can make people ill.
Mosquitoes can infect humans with yellow fever, dengue, malaria, West Nile virus, encephalitis, and more. The less contact you and your family has with mosquitoes, the better!
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
The simple fact is that you will experience problems with mosquitoes if you have standing water on or near your property. Mosquitoes tend to stay close to where they hatch, usually within a 300 feet radius. Therefore the more breeding sites (standing water) you have on your property, the more problems with mosquitoes you will experience.
In addition to standing water, having tall grass, overgrown landscaping, and a lot of tree cover on your property will provide the shade that mosquitoes seek out during the day. Most mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn and rest during the day to escape the heat and sun.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are outdoor pests. Examples of places where mosquitoes develop large populations include at the edges of lakes or ponds, in densely wooded areas, and in fields or meadows.
In our yards, mosquitoes congregate around their breeding sites. Items that collect water and attract mosquitoes include:
- Buckets and wading pools
- Kids toys
- Trash cans and recycling bins
- Flower pots and planters
- Low-lying areas and drainage ditches
- Clogged gutters
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?Mosquitoes can be a challenge but they are necessary pests to control. The best way to reduce mosquito numbers and use your outdoor space to its fullest potential is to partner with a professional. At Epcon Lane, we will provide the regular services necessary to reduce your family's contact with mosquitoes. Our professionals will take care of your mosquito control needs through eco-friendly, guaranteed services and excellent customer service. Let our family-owned company protect your family from biting mosquitoes. To learn more about our mosquito control services, reach out to us today!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Control mosquitoes and take back your home with Epcon Lane's help and implement the following prevention tips:
- Dump out any water that collects in containers and store containers upside down when not being used.
- Keep your kid's toys in the garage or shed when they aren't using them.
- Regularly empty wading pools.
- Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
- Make sure to keep gutters and downspouts free of debris.
- Fill in low spots in your yard that will allow puddles to form.
- Clear out overgrown vegetation and keep your lawn cut short to reduce resting spots for mosquitoes on your property.