Mosquito Identification & Prevention

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What You Need To Know About Mosquitoes

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Many consider mosquitoes pesky insects, but they can be dangerous as well, especially in large numbers. We tell you everything you need to know about this pest and how to keep mosquitoes away.

The key to mosquito control is understanding these pests and how to prevent them or effectively treat an infestation. The answers to these frequently asked mosquito questions can help you out.

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are a type of fly that belong to the scientific classification of Culicidae. There are more than 3,000 mosquito species around today, but only a handful act as pest insects around human structures. All mosquitoes appear the same, with wings, six legs, thin-waisted bodies, and elongated mouthparts for feeding. While male mosquitoes feed off of flower nectar, female mosquitoes feed off of both nectar and the blood of mammals, which they use for the development of their eggs.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Though you may not realize it, mosquitoes are dangerous, and large infestations of mosquitoes pose serious problems to humans. There are several diseases you can get from mosquitoes, including the Zika virus, West Nile virus, malaria, and yellow fever, and their bites may also trigger allergic reactions or introduce other infection-causing bacteria. Not every mosquito will be infected, but the more mosquitoes you encounter, the higher your chances of developing an illness or serious symptoms.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

If you're noticing a mosquito problem around your property, you likely have many factors that mosquitoes are attracted to on easy display. Mosquitoes love moist, shaded areas to hide in during the heat of the day, and they require standing water to lay their eggs. Piles of debris and plenty of access to humans or animals to bite can also cause a mosquito problem on your property.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are mostly found around your property's exterior areas in long grass, piles of debris or wood, and excess moisture or places with standing water to gather around. Inside, they will be drawn to humans or animals to bite, cool and dark areas, or pools of water.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

If you want to get rid of mosquitoes from your home the easy way, your best option is to reach out to Gecko Pest Control. Our team will provide your property with the effective pest control in Longview you deserve and work to remove this pest in the safest, most reliable way possible.

How do I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

One of the best ways to get rid of mosquitoes naturally is to employ the following prevention tips and make your property less hospitable to this pest.

  • Remove all areas of standing water around your property and be thorough, as mosquitoes only need a few inches to lay their eggs.
  • Treat water features on your property with a bird-safe larvicide, or install a filter to keep the water in motion and stop mosquitoes from breeding there.
  • Cut down outdoor mosquito harborage areas such as long grass and overgrown trees or shrubs, and remove piles of leaves, debris, and wood.
  • Make sure window and door screens are sturdy and unbroken to keep mosquitoes from invading interior areas.
  • Keep doors and windows closed when possible so that mosquitoes stay outside.
  • Plant citronella, lavender, marigolds, and other mosquito-repelling plants around your property to deter mosquitoes.

Contact Gecko Pest Control if mosquitoes are out of control on your property or if you have more questions about effective mosquito prevention.

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