Mosquito Identification & Prevention

Mosquito infestations around your property are more than a buzzing nuisance – they're dangerous due to the health risks these pests present. Our guide helps you understand more about defeating mosquitoes.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are a type of fly that belongs to the scientific family of Culicidae. They have a pair of wings, a thin-waisted body, six pairs of legs, and elongated mouth parts that they use for drinking nectar or, in the case of female mosquitoes, blood from mammals. Mosquitoes are fairly prolific and will reproduce rapidly, quickly becoming a widespread problem throughout your property.

Professional mosquito control is the most effective way to get rid of mosquitoes flying around your property for good.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes have the potential to be dangerous thanks to the bites they deliver to humans. Mosquitoes are carriers of several serious illnesses due to their blood-feeding activities, and they transmit bacteria and pathogens through their bites. Diseases carried by mosquitoes include the Zika virus, West Nile virus, malaria, and yellow fever. Not every mosquito will transmit an illness, but the more bites you receive, the higher the chance of disease transmission.

Mosquito bites may also trigger allergic reactions or severe pain and swelling in some individuals, something that you may need to meet with immediate medical attention.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Your property likely has a mosquito problem because many of the factors that attract these pests are on easy display. Access to excess water and puddles of standing water, overgrown shady areas, and lots of unprotected humans or mammals to feed on are all major attractants for mosquitoes. Eliminate these factors to keep mosquitoes away.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes tend to hide out in shady, moist areas to avoid the sun's heat during the middle of the day. These humid areas are also where they find suitable places to lay their eggs. Around your property, you'll most likely find mosquitoes outdoors near standing water, piles of debris, and long grass or overgrown foliage.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

If you want to get rid of mosquitoes on your property, look no further than Southern Home & Outdoor Services. Our team can identify your main mosquito problem areas and will work with you to eliminate these pests before they become totally out of control. Let us help you protect your property and your loved ones from the dangers of mosquitoes; call to request your free home pest control or commercial pest control inspection today.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Keep mosquitoes away in the future by following our expert mosquito prevention tips:

  • Remove areas of standing water around your property and be thorough, as only a few inches of water allow mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
  • Trim back long grass and overgrown foliage, and remove piles of debris from outdoor areas that provide mosquito harborage areas.
  • Treat water features on your property, like bird baths, with a larvicide that stops mosquito larvae from developing further.
  • Utilize window and door screens around your property to keep mosquitoes from invading interior areas.
  • Wear long-sleeved clothing outdoors and apply mosquito repellent when possible to prevent bites from these pests.

If you have more questions about mosquito control or need assistance defeating an active infestation of mosquitoes on your property, call Southern Home & Outdoor Services. Our pest control services in Melbourne, FL, will provide you with a free inspection and tailor mosquito control solutions to your needs. Contact us and keep dangerous mosquitoes away for good.

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