Mosquito Identification & Prevention

What are mosquitoes?

Worldwide there are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes living, breeding, and feeding on the blood of people and animals. Adult mosquitoes have slender bodies, hairy wings, and extended, piercing mouthparts they use for feeding on both blood and plant nectar; additionally, female mosquitoes feed on blood from mammals in order to obtain the protein required to create viable eggs.

 a mosquito perched on a plan outside of a home in greensboro north carolina

In North Carolina and South Carolina, the most common species of these fly-like insects buzzing around our heads and outdoor spaces include yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti), Asian tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus), common malaria mosquitoes (Anopheles quadrimaculatus), common house mosquitoes (Culex pipiens), and gallinippers (Psorophora ciliata). To help relieve your property of mosquitoes, Aruza Pest Control provides effective mosquito reduction services for property owners in our area.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

In order to produce viable eggs, female mosquitoes must have blood meals for protein. They feed on a variety of animals and people and can spread a variety of human-pathogens, diseases, and parasites. In our area, mosquitoes are most likely to spread eastern equine encephalitis or West Nile virus to humans. In developing and tropical countries, mosquitoes spread malaria and yellow fever, which kills or debilitates millions each year. Mosquitoes are also problematic for our pets because they spread deadly parasitic heartworms. You should always try to avoid coming into contact with biting mosquitoes as much as possible.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are prolific breeders and a serious pest problem throughout the Carolina’s. If there are suitable places to breed, rest, and forage for food on your property, you will have problems with mosquitoes. Females deposit their eggs on standing water, vegetation in the water, in tree voids, and areas that flood. Properties with lots of flowering vegetation are also attractive to mosquitoes since plant nectar is their primary source of food.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

In our area, mosquito season typically falls between April and October when the hot, humid weather favors breeding. Properties with or near areas of standing water are the most attractive to mosquitoes. These insects live and breed outside. During the heat of the day, mosquitoes rest in tall grass, dense vegetation, under trees, and along fencelines. Mosquitoes don’t live indoors, but they do find their way inside while foraging for food, usually through open windows and doors.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

If you are looking for pest control in the Charlotte area, turn to the local and experienced pest professionals at Aruza Pest Control. We offer home and business owners the benefits of comprehensive pest control, superior customer service, and the peace of mind that comes with our guaranteed services. Our eco-friendly solutions solve current pest problems and keep them from returning. For home and business owners who want to protect their property from mosquitoes, contact Aruza Pest Control today!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent mosquitoes on your property:

  • Store containers that collect water upside down when not in use.

  • Limit the number of flowering plants on your property.

  • Keep doors and windows shut as much as possible.

  • Eliminate standing water from your property.

  • Fill in low lying areas in your yard that collect water.

  • Keep grass cut short and cut back overgrown vegetation.

  • Maintain gutters and downspouts to prevent water from pooling in them.

 

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