Adult Mosquitoes are small, fragile insects with slender bodies; a pair of narrow wings and three pairs of long, slender legs. Mosquitoes vary in size from 1/4" to 1/2" depending on the breed. Mosquitoes have a long nose or beak used for piercing and sucking their meal. Mosquitoes may transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Dengue, Yellow Fever, and Malaria to humans. Mosquito borne Encephalitis is a viral inflammation of the brain. Encephalitis can infect humans, horses, and a variety of other mammals and birds. The CDC has a great website for reading up on these illnesses. Since most of the mosquitoes that transmit encephalitis will not travel very far, the risk of contracting encephalitis can be minimized by controlling the Mosquito Breeding Sites which are in close to your home. Water management, to prevent mosquito breeding, is essential for control. Eggs do not hatch unless they are in water. Remove old tires, buckets, tin cans, glass jars, broken toys and other water-catching devices. Change water in birdbaths and wading pools once or twice a week; clean out roof gutters holding stagnant water; and place tight covers over cisterns, cesspools, septic tanks, barrels, and tubs where water is stored. Never over-apply lawn and garden irrigation; fill, drain or treat tree holes; and drain or fill stagnant water pools, puddles, ditches, or swampy areas. Inspect water in plant containers, water in stumps the list is endless. Keep grass mowed, stock ponds and reservoirs with fish. About 230 different species of Mosquitoes can be found in the United States and about 3,500 world wide. Even though the Mosquito is known for their bites, blood sucking and itchy marks, Mosquitoes do not actually feed on blood; they get their food from the nectar of flowers and plants. Blood is only crucial for the development of Mosquito Eggs which require certain proteins found in the blood.
A Mosquito is a small insect with wings. It has a long thin body, long legs and 3 distinct body parts; Head, Thorax and Abdomen. The head has a long projecting stinger. This is the piercing, sucking mouth used to feed on blood.
Yes. Mosquitoes Bite, in a way with their Piercing Sucking Mouth (Think of a needle sucking more than injecting). Female Mosquitoes need a Blood meal to Reproduce.
Mosquito Bites are for the most part a large itchy bump. Most Mosquito Bites are harmless, but occasionally a Mosquito Mite causes a large area of swelling, soreness and redness. Easier said than done, try not to scratch. Use a calamine lotion or an over counter hydrocortisone cream. An antihistamine will help to. Always read and follow the label.
Yes. Mosquitoes are carriers of West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Yellow Fever and Malaria. If you have a sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting seek medical help.
Large amounts of Mosquitoes at night even when to lights are off. Mosquitoes during the day in shaded areas could be an indication. Then again the Mosquito Breeding Area may be a block away and the Adult Mosquitoes are attracted to the lights at night. Any standing water may have Mosquitoes, eggs and Larva (also know as wigglers). The Mosquito Larvae stage are quite visible in water. All breeds of Mosquitoes need to lay their eggs in water.This water could be in old tires, toys, buckets, puddles, even poor draining rain gutters, basically anything that can hold even a small amount of water for a few days.
It is very hard keep Mosquitoes out of your yard but you can make it less habitable or have a professional like Rob from Cobra Pest Control treat the yard and give on sight advice. Remove all standing water, even small drips. Spray an over the counter insecticide on the plants and other resting areas. Remember to read and follow the product label. Install some propane traps and bug zapper lights on the edge of the property. Put screens on windows and doors. Fix screens that have holes. At sunrise and sundown (when mosquitoes are most active), minimize outside activities. Remove any water from unused swimming pools or boats and cover them. Change the water in birdbaths at least two times a week. Help your neighbors, friends and family do the same things.
The Adult Mosquito will fly quite a distance to find their victim. They are attracted to the light of the porch and window of your house. If you have shaded plants and shrubbery, this is a great resting place for Mosquitoes during the day. After a rain there is plenty of water for breeding and Mosquitoes only need a few days.
First, we provide a very thorough Mosquito Inspection to assess the problem. Size of area to be treated, number of plants and shrubs used as resting spots and water areas. I recommend that you always get at least 2-3 estimates. Cobra is a one man operation with very little overhead. I have no salaries to pay, no commisions, and I personally do all the work myself. So I know it will be done right the first time. Go with price, experience, and what your instincts about the technician tells you. Ask ALOT of questions.