What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are small flies easily identified by their small bodies, long thin legs, high-pitched buzzing sounds, and red itchy welts that the females leave behind after feeding on our blood.
The mosquito's most unique feature is its proboscis, an elongated mouthpart that the female uses to feed on blood and that both males and females use to feed on their primary food source, nectar.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are annoying to have swarming our yards, but their presence is more than a nuisance- it is a danger. Though an adult mosquito's life is typically short, its impact can be huge.
As female mosquitoes consume blood meals from different human and animal hosts, they can become infected with diseases and transmit them to their next host.
While not every mosquito that bites us carries a disease, some do. The more contact you have with mosquitoes, the higher your chances of becoming ill with one of the many diseases they can spread in our area, like the West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis.
In addition, mosquito bites are itchy and unpleasant to deal with day after day. They can make it impossible for us to enjoy our outdoor spaces and drive us indoors. In addition, excessive scratching at the bite sites can lead to secondary infections that require medical attention.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
If standing water is on or near your property, you are likely to have a mosquito problem. Female mosquitoes only require a small amount of standing water to lay their eggs. Almost anything that can collect water in or on it can become a mosquito breeding site. Clogged gutters, buckets, wading pools, pet water bowls, and the tops of tarps and trash can lids are all examples of typical mosquito breeding sites.
Mosquitoes are prolific breeders, and their populations can develop very quickly. It only takes eight to ten days for a mosquito egg to develop into a new breeding, feeding adult!
Where will I find mosquitoes?
While mosquitoes can find their way into our homes through torn screens or open windows or doors, they are much more likely to take over our outdoor spaces.
Mosquitoes tend to be most active at dusk and dawn, and those are the times of day you are most at risk of being relentlessly bitten by these pests.
During the day, they like to rest in shady spots that shelter them from the sun. In our yards, mosquitoes will rest in tall grass, overgrown shrubbery, potted plants, and under decks or trees.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
If you are looking for a solution to your Bronx property's mosquito problem, turn to the professionals at Caliber Pest Service. We want to help you take back your outdoor space from these biting pests.
Our certified & trained professional pest service providers will work closely with you to accommodate your property's unique mosquito control needs. To keep mosquitoes at bay in the Bronx area, we recommend our recurring services that we complete every 20 days from April through October.
To learn more about our various mosquito control options, please reach out to us at Caliber Pest Service today!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
We want to provide you with a few easy-to-follow tips to help you reduce the number of mosquitoes living and breeding on your property.
- Quickly repair leaky pipes, hoses, and clogged gutters.
- Don't overwater gardens or potted plants.
- Eliminate as much standing water from your property as possible.
- Maintain your outdoor space; overgrown grass and vegetation offer mosquitoes daytime resting spots.
- Regularly empty and refill with fresh water wading pools, bird baths, and pet water bowls.
To help stop mosquitoes from easily flying into your home, never prop windows and doors open and make sure screens are intact.
For more information about effective mosquito control in the Bronx, call Caliber Pest Service!
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