Mosquito Identification

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are winged insects that no one wants to run into when in their Portsmouth backyard or other outdoor spaces. They are part of the same order (Diptera) as other true flies, and like all flies, mosquitoes are annoying, difficult to control, and always unwelcome! These tiny terrors are difficult to control and often ruin outdoor experiences for people.a mosquito on a leaf in portsmouth ohio

Female mosquitoes use their long proboscis to pierce the skin of a person or animal and feed on their blood. Females (not males) require blood meals to create healthy eggs. The primary food source of male and female mosquitoes is plant nectar and other sweet liquids.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are capable of infecting people with diseases that make us ill. Mosquitoes in the United States spread West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, encephalitis, and tularemia. They also transmit parasitic heartworms to dogs and cats – a potentially life-threatening condition. The spread of malaria and other deadly and debilitating diseases throughout tropical and developing countries is why mosquitoes are considered one of the world’s most dangerous pests.

In addition to the spread of disease, mosquitoes are biting pests that leave behind red itchy welts. Bacteria may enter the bite site and cause a secondary infection, especially if the person is excessively scratching the bite sites.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

If there are mosquitoes on your property, it means that there is standing water nearby. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in areas of standing water. While mosquitoes will travel in search of food (sometimes a couple of miles), most tend to stay around where they hatched.

Mosquitoes are most active in the spring, summer, and early fall when temperatures are the highest. Day after day, they feed most aggressively at dawn and dusk. During the middle of the day, they rest in areas of dense vegetation. Yards with tall grass, trees, decks, and a lot of landscaping are prone to having large populations of mosquitoes resting on them.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Marshes, swamps, heavily wooded areas, lakes, ponds, and any outdoor area with standing water will attract mosquitoes. If your property is near areas with a lot of standing water, it increases the chances that mosquitoes will cause problems on your property. Mosquitoes typically stay outside, but like other types of flies, if windows or doors are open, they may find a way inside. 

Mosquito larvae develop in standing water that collects in natural containers or man-made containers. Tree stumps, tree hollows, ditches, low-lying areas, buckets, trash cans, old tires, wheelbarrows, gutters, and flower pots all collect rainwater and are things found in many of our yards.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes can move onto our Ohio properties anytime they want; they are outdoor pests and difficult to control. At Ohio Pest Control, Inc., our family owned and operated company protects families and properties from mosquitoes and other pests. Our professionals will work with you to eliminate mosquito adults, larvae, and breeding grounds from your property! To learn more about our mosquito control options, reach out to the local professionals at Ohio Pest Control today.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

In conjunction with our effective services, our prevention tips will help you defend your outdoor space against mosquitoes:

  • Mow your lawn frequently to keep the grass short and offer fewer resting spots to mosquitoes.
  • Cut back overgrown shrubbery and unnecessary landscaping that again offers hiding spots for mosquitoes.
  • Keep these buzzing, biting pests out of your home by keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible. Make sure screens are intact.
  • Remove standing water from your property. Keep gutters clear, store containers upside down, fix low-lying areas, and repair dripping hoses.
  • Get rid of excess woodpiles, leaf piles, brush piles, and unnecessary construction debris from your yard that may allow rainwater to gather.
  • If you own a pool, make sure the water is being appropriately treated and is continuously circulating.

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