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Everything You Need To Know About Mosquitoes In Chesapeake

April 15, 2022

What is one thing you do every day to stay safe? Many people practice things like buckling up, looking both ways before crossing the street, and checking meat to make sure it hasn’t expired to avoid unnecessary problems. One thing you may not be thinking about is that mosquitoes cause problems as well. These small pests are not just annoying, they are also dangerous. To help you better understand the benefits and problems mosquitoes cause here in Chesapeake and to answer the question, “What diseases do mosquitoes spread?” we have some things for you to consider today.

How Mosquitoes Contribute To The Eco-System

Mosquitoes are not just annoying and harmful pests, they do have one benefit; they help pollinate flowers and other plants. This might surprise you, but not all mosquitoes drink blood. Only females have the piercing mouthparts needed to draw blood. They use the blood they gather to provide nutrients for their eggs. This is not, however, how they feed themselves. Both female and male mosquitoes eat nectar and contribute to pollination. This is extremely beneficial to our ecosystem but should in no way affect how you view these pests.

Why Mosquitoes Around Your Home Are A Big Problem

There are a few different types of mosquitoes that live here in Chesapeake. All are known for causing problems. To start, all types of mosquitoes bite people. If you have ever been attacked by a swarm of these pests outdoors, you know how annoying it can be. What makes things worse is when mosquitoes take up residence on your property. If you didn’t know, mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant sources of water. If your property allows for water build-up after rainfall or offers mosquitoes things like birdbaths and ornate pools to lay their eggs inside, you will have more problems with these invasive and annoying pests.

The Diseases Mosquitoes Can Transmit

Many people in third-world countries have a fear of mosquitoes. This is because one bite could lead to a life-threatening disease. Here in the states, we are less likely to have a fear of mosquitoes. This is mostly because mosquito-spread diseases are much less common and easier to treat due to our access to advanced medical services. Keeping this in mind, outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases still happen, and getting sick, although treatable, is not fun. Some of the most common diseases mosquitoes spread in America are West Nile virus, dengue fever, and malaria.

Natural Ways To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Yard

If you are looking for how to prevent mosquitoes in your yard, we have some options for you today. Start by eliminating sources of water build-up. Do this every time after it rains. Next, change the water out in birdbaths and ornate pools at least once every four days or invest in ones that have self-circulating water. Finally, to reduce your chances of being bitten when sitting outdoors, install fans around outdoor lounging areas. Mosquitoes are notoriously bad flyers and have trouble landing if there is even a light breeze. 

How To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Chesapeake Lawn

There is only one reliable solution to combat mosquitoes here in Chesapeake and that is to hire a pest control professional. At Hawk Mosquito & Pest we understand how to get rid of mosquitoes and we offer detailed treatments to protect properties in our area. If you are curious to know what services would look like for your yard, we would be happy to send a technician out to explain the process to you.

Call today to schedule a visit for your Chesapeake property and find out why Hawk Mosquito & Pest is your absolute best option for pest control.