|Color||Mostly gray in color with white, silver, green or iridescent blue scales.|
|Size||Approximately 1/4 – 3/8″ in length.|
|Appearance||Slender, with wings and six, thin legs.|
Female mosquitoes are attracted to body heat, carbon dioxide from breath, perspiration on our skin, and body odor. They are capable of traveling between 1-2 miles in search of a blood meal. Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices because their mouthparts are not designed for piercing skin and feeding on protein.
Hot, humid environments are preferred. Typically strong infestations are in a location near a body of water such as lakes, ponds, swamps, and marshes. If they find standing water to breed in, it could mean several generations of mosquitoes.
After the female mosquito obtains a blood meal, she lays eggs directly on or near water, soil or at the base of some plants in places that may fill with water. The eggs can survive dry conditions for a few months and will hatch when they are exposed to water. After hatching, larva lives in the water and feed while developing into the third stage of life, the pupa stage. The pupa also lives in water, but no longer feeds. In two to seven days, the mosquito emerges from its pupal case. The adult mosquito emerges onto the water’s surface and flies away, ready to begin another life cycle. A life cycle typically takes up two weeks, but depending on conditions, it can range from four days to as long as a month.
Mosquito Bites & Disease Transmission
Most of the time, mosquitoes are not much more than the cause of itchy welts and minor discomfort, but they can cause serious illness including mosquito-borne diseases, encephalitis, dog heartworm, malaria, and West Nile Virus. Although most mosquito bites are harmless and do not carry the risk of serious illnesses, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in annual reports of mosquito-borne diseases. A person’s chance of becoming ill from a single mosquito bite remains relatively low. Nevertheless, you should always ensure that you take the appropriate steps necessary to prevent mosquitoes from biting you and your family.
Itchy Red Bumps – Visible red bumps that are itchy and that appear on the surface of your skin after a female mosquito has punctured the skin with her thin proboscis to feed on your blood in order to use the protein from the blood to produce eggs.
Swelling – Mosquito saliva contains proteins, digestive enzymes and an anticoagulant that prevents our blood from clotting. The protein in their saliva provokes an immune response from your body, namely the redness, swelling and bump, which is what makes a mosquito bite itch so much.
Reaction to bites will vary from person to person. Most of the time the mosquito bite reactions people have are mild and not a cause for concern. However, there are people who may have a more severe reaction to the bites and these must be taken seriously. There are some who may suffer from a mosquito bite allergy or a general allergy to bites and stings. Young children and those with repeated bites are more likely to develop a severe reaction.
Prevention & Control
There are several simple things you can do to minimize the risk of mosquitoes in and around your home, particularly if you have a pond or other water feature.
- Keep water fixtures such as birdbaths and fish ponds clean, and add elements that keep the water moving, such as a fountain.
- Clean gutters regularly to avoid trapping water and creating areas where mosquitoes will potentially breed.
- Maintain lawns and gardens. Overgrown areas trap moisture where mosquitoes are likely to nest.
- Regularly drain and clean (or remove) things that hold water: pet dishes, wading pools, vases, or old barrels.
Nothing ruins a barbeque, bonfire, or other outdoor activity quicker than a swarm of biting insects. Batzner Pest Control can help you combat the annoyance and danger that these pests present to you and your family.
We treat mosquito breeding areas, such as shrubs and shaded areas, rather than your entire yard. This limits chemical exposure to you and your family.
Three Monthly Treatments
Over the summer, we will schedule three monthly treatments for continuous protection. If you have concerns in-between those services, call us for an additional visit free of charge.
We use a targeted application that provides treatment to common mosquitoes resting areas to eliminate the existing population, and an insect growth regulator that prevents mosquitoes from reproducing in your yard.
*One-time treatments are available; pricing is varied based on yard size.