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Brief overview of mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are found living and breeding all across the country, in fact there have been over 150 species of mosquitoes identified in the U.S.; one of the most common species of mosquito is the Asian tiger mosquito. The female mosquito feeds on the blood of people and animals in order to get the required protein she needs to develop her eggs; in the process she can transmit serious diseases and cause red itchy welts on her victims. Mosquitoes are a pest that can swarm in large numbers and make people who are trying to enjoy the outdoors move back inside to get away from their seemingly relentless bites.

What do mosquitoes look like?

Adult mosquitoes grow to between 1/4th and 3/8th of an inch in length. Their body is oval, narrow in shape, and they have distinctive long legs and a long nose (proboscis). Female mosquitoes use their specially developed mouthparts to puncture the skin of their victims and their proboscis to suck up and feed on their blood; both males and females also use their proboscis to feed on the nectar of plants. Mosquitoes have a grayish-colored body and have white stripes going across their abdomen and legs; they can be covered silver, green, or bluish iridescent scales.

Where am I likely to see mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are found in high numbers on properties that offer a place for the females to lay their eggs. Females lay their eggs on standing water; a pond, a puddle, the top of a tarp, a bucket, a clogged gutter, a bird bath, pet bowl, or any other area of standing water can attract mosquitoes. Both the female and male mosquitoes are also attracted to properties that have flowering landscapes because they both feed on the nectar of plants as their main nutrition source. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn but during the heat of the day can be found resting in tall grasses and in dense vegetation.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Yes, mosquitoes are a dangerous pest, they are much more than just a nuisance. Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting serious mosquito-borne diseases that can make people ill. The Zika virus, the West Nile virus, and encephalitis are some of the most common and most serious found in our area. In addition to the diseases that mosquitoes spread, their itchy bites can lead to secondary infections from scratching that require medical attention in both people and pets.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

At Adams Exterminating of North Texas, we can help you fight back against dangerous and annoying mosquitoes through our effective mosquito control options. Choose from our Mosquito Misting System, Seasonal Mosquito Service, or our Party Package to greatly reduce mosquito populations in your backyard or outdoor space. For professional mosquito control in Denton, Lewisville, or elsewhere in North Texas, contact Adams Exterminating.

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