What are mosquitoes?
The mosquito is a type of small fly. These winged insects have narrow, oval bodies, six long thin legs, and a long thin nose or proboscis that the males and females use to feed on sweet liquids like plant nectar. The females use the proboscis to pierce the skin of a host to consume a blood meal. Mosquitoes live worldwide and are most prolific when the weather is hot and humid; this is why in the U.S., mosquitoes are so heavily associated with the summer season. Professional pest management for your Chesapeake home is an important step toward year-round protection from mosquitoes.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Even though mosquitoes can easily be swatted down by hand or newspaper, mosquitoes are considered dangerous. Their ability to feed on the blood of a variety of hosts throughout their short lifetime allows them to acquire many diseases and pass them along to their next host. The West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, malaria, and many more pathogens and parasites are transmitted by these small flies.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Stagnant water plays a vital role in the life cycle of a mosquito, it is where the females lay their eggs, and the larvae develop into new biting adults. If there is standing water on or near your property, expect to see mosquitoes buzzing around your yard. The more standing water, the more mosquitoes there will be.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Though mosquitoes can find their way into our homes through open windows and doors, they are primarily outdoor pests. They are most active during periods of warm weather and develop high populations after periods of rain when there is plenty of standing water around for them to use as breeding sites. Common breeding sites include water that collects in tree stumps, brush piles, gutters, buckets, low-lying areas, wading pools, and other containers.
Mosquitoes typically rest during the heat of the day in shady areas like tall grass, weeds, and under trees and decks. At dusk and dawn, they are active and out and about, feeding either on plant nectar or the blood of people or animals.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Stop mosquitoes from taking over your Virginia yard by working with local and experienced professionals. At Hawk Mosquito & Pest, we are committed to our customers and delivering the exceptional services necessary to provide them with an outdoor space they can enjoy without constantly being swarmed by biting mosquitoes.
First, we will thoroughly inspect your yard to identify what is attracting mosquitoes. Then we will perform a treatment to eliminate mosquitoes on your property and stop future mosquitoes from congregating there. Our mosquito control services in Chesapeake can be performed as an ongoing service or as a one-time service before holding a large outdoor event. To learn more about residential or commercial exterminator solutions in Chesapeake, please reach out to us today!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Prevent issues with mosquitoes by partnering with us at Hawk Mosquito & Pest and implementing the following recommendations:
- Prevent water from settling in buckets and other containers by storing them upside down when they aren’t in use.
- Keep gutters clear of debris that can allow rainwater to collect.
- Keep the grass in your yard cut short.
- Regularly prune shrubs and bushes to prevent providing mosquitoes with shady resting spots.
- Don’t prop open windows and doors, and make sure screens are intact to help keep mosquitoes out.