Mosquitoes are small aquatic flies that feed on blood. Mosquito species differ in the type of blood they prefer, but most species prefer warm-blooded animals. On the other hand, there are some that like cold blood, and even some that do not consume blood at all. The females that do not consume blood feed on plant juices and nectar. Mosquitoes mostly develop in stagnant or slow-moving water. These “breeding sites” are commonly fishponds, old tires, tin cans, uncovered swimming pools, slow-moving streams and flood waters.
Most people are mostly concerned with the itchy and irritated skin that follows after a bite, although there should be concern about the transmission of diseases from these pests.
Mosquitoes are known to transmit diseases such as:
- West Nile Virus
- La Crosse Encephalitis
- Jamestown Canyon Virus
If you have a mosquito problem, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We have special services to help you with your problems. Here are some tips to prevent this problem:
- Get rid of any unnecessary water containers.
- Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools once or twice a week.
- Flip wading pools upside down when not in use.
- Keep your gutters clean.
- Drain and fill stagnant pools, puddles, ditches or swampy areas around the home.
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