What are mosquitoes?
We all despise mosquitoes, and who can blame us? They bite, they are annoying, and they take over our outdoor properties in large numbers!
The mosquito is a small type of fly with long thin legs. Both the male and female have a proboscis (an extended mouthpart) used for feeding on liquids. Females and males both feed on plant nectar and other sweet juices as their primary food source. Females require a bit more nutrition, so they feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals; they need the protein from blood to help them create viable eggs.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are dangerous pests that feed on the blood of many different animals and people. The feeding on the blood of multiple hosts gives them the unique ability to acquire and transmit many various pathogens and parasites. Due to their ability to effectively spread disease, they are one of the world’s most deadly creatures.
In the Atlanta, Georgia area, mosquitoes spread the following diseases and parasites that can make people and our pets ill:
- West Nile virus
- Eastern equine encephalitis
- LaCrosse virus
- Parasitic heartworms (dogs and cats)
While not every encounter with mosquitoes will lead to being infected with a disease, the potential is there, so reducing their numbers is important.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes have become a problem on your property because it or the surrounding properties have standing water and lots of foliage for them to use to their advantage.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of areas of standing water; any amount from a large pond to water on the top of a tarp can create an issue with mosquitoes on your property.
During the day, mosquitoes like to rest in areas that provide shade from the direct sun. Therefore yards with many trees, tall grass, and landscaping also attract mosquitoes.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
You will find the largest populations of mosquitoes on or close to properties with marshes, wetlands, wooded areas, or drainage areas.
Mosquitoes also like to gather around their breeding sites, which are areas of standing water. Some common places where standing water builds up in our Georgia yards can include:
- Clogged gutters and tree hollows.
- Containers like buckets.
- Wading pools, birdbaths, pet water bowls.
- Brush piles and leaf piles.
- Tree hollows and tree stumps.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Solve your mosquito problems with the help of the professionals at Anthem Pest Control. Our passion is helping people obtain comfortable in their outdoor spaces by providing the services necessary to control mosquito numbers. Servicing Greater Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Greenville Customers, we offer the mosquito control services that home and business owners can count on! Get started today by giving us a call and requesting a free quote!