Mosquito Identification

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are relentless, biting pests that can drive people indoors and ruin any outdoor event. Female mosquitoes consume blood meals to get the protein they require to develop viable eggs. What many people do not realize is that the primary food source for both female and male mosquitoes is plant nectar. Mosquitoes vary in appearance depending on their species but are generally a black or grayish color, with or without white markings, and have silver, green, or blue iridescent scales that cover them. These insects have a narrow body, long thin legs, and a long “nose” or proboscis that they use for feeding. 

a mosquito biting a persons hand in tukwila washington

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes deliver painful, itchy bites that can spread dangerous diseases and parasites to both people and animals. Each year they are responsible for spreading diseases that kill or debilitate millions of people in tropical and developing countries. In the United States, mosquitoes spread West Nile virus along with other illnesses that make people very ill. They also spread canine heartworm (a potentially fatal parasite) to our pets.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Standing water located on or near your property is the biggest reason why you have a large mosquito population biting you and your family. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of standing or very slow-moving water. Common breeding sites for mosquitoes include the edges of streams and lakes, in clogged gutters, in wading pools, in wheelbarrows, old tires, or low-lying areas in yards or driveways. The best way to help reduce mosquito populations on your property is to eliminate any source of standing water you find - even water on the top of a tarp can become a breeding site!

Where will I find mosquitoes?

The most likely place you are going to run into mosquitoes is outside. These pests live and breed outdoors and usually only accidentally find their way inside through open windows and doors while foraging for food. Mosquitoes are mostly active during the periods of the day when the weather is a bit cooler, like dusk and dawn. During the middle of the day when the temperature is at its highest, they rest behind tree bark, under shrubbery, in tall grass, and under decks.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

For homeowners looking for a responsible approach to mosquito control, we suggest partnering with Alta Pest Control. We focus on low-impact pest control that is effective at eliminating mosquitoes and other household pests while minimizing the impact on the environment. Let our family owned company protect your home and family from our area’s most persistent household invading pests! If you are looking for more information about our mosquito control services, reach out today and speak with one of our friendly and helpful professionals!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

With the help of the professional services you’ll find at Alta Pest Control along with the following tips, you can prevent mosquitoes from becoming a problem on your Spokane, WA property.

  • Store all containers on your property that collect water upside down when not in use.

  • Fix low-lying areas on your property that collect rainwater.

  • Shake off the water that collects on top of tarps or trash can lids.

  • Keep grass cut short.

  • Cut back overgrown trees and shrubs.

  • White outdoor lighting attracts mosquitoes. Switch out white outdoor lights for yellow or LED lights.

  • Keep mosquitoes out of your home by keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible.

  • Maintain gutters and downspouts, keeping them clear of debris to prevent water from pooling in and around them.

 

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