Mosquito Identification

What are mosquitoes?

While Florida provides a warm climate for its residents to enjoy throughout the year, its sunny weather also makes it a place where mosquitoes thrive in large numbers. Mosquitoes are biting pests whose females require blood meals to create viable eggs.

a mosquito on skin

Female mosquitoes feed on a vast number of warm-blooded hosts, including humans. In order to feed, they use their proboscis — an elongated mouthpart to pierce their host’s skin and suck out the blood. Both males and females also use their proboscis to feed on plant nectar and other sweet liquids, which is their primary food source. 

The mosquito is an outdoor pest and type of fly that thrives in areas where standing water is present because that is where females lay their eggs.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Being relentlessly bitten by mosquitoes is an unpleasant experience for any person or animal. Their presence in our yards can limit the time we can comfortably spend outside enjoying outdoor dining, swimming, or gardening. When mosquitoes bite, they leave behind red itchy welts. Mosquito bites can lead to secondary infections, especially in young kids who constantly scratch at the bite sites. 

More than an annoyance, mosquitoes are dangerous pests. Their ability to feed on many different hosts in their lifetime means that they can also acquire and spread many pathogens and parasites. In Florida, the mosquito-borne illnesses these pests spread include the West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and St. Louis encephalitis. They also transmit heartworm disease to our pets.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Since mosquitoes are flying outdoor pests, they can easily find their way onto any property. However, properties with the following features are most likely to experience problems with mosquitoes.

  • Lots of landscaping and flowering plants

  • Shade

  • Wooded areas

  • Tall grass

  • Standing water

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk; they like to escape to shaded areas and dense vegetation during the middle of the day when the temperatures are high. 

Mosquitoes live in high populations in areas where there is plenty of standing water for the females to use as breeding sites. 

Properties near wooded areas, marshes, swamps, ponds, and roadway ditches are peppered with mosquitoes. Though large bodies of standing water attract mosquitoes that are searching for breeding sites, so do much smaller areas of standing water like:

  • Clogged gutters
  • The tops of trash can lids and tarps
  • The top of tarps.
  • Buckets, plant pots, wheelbarrows
  • Wading pools, pet bowls
  • Pools, man-made ponds, or other water features

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Here at Green-Tech Termite and Pest Control, we are a family owned and operated pest control company that has protected people and properties in the Tampa Bay area from pests since 1980. We offer quality, affordable pest control services that you can trust to eliminate dangerous mosquitoes from your property! 

Using our mosquito spray service, we will spray around the entire perimeter of your property, focusing on shaded areas, shrubbery, tall grass, and under tree leaves where mosquitoes are likely residing. This treatment dries quickly and can protect your home for weeks against these biting pests.

We are a full-service, customer-oriented company dedicated to making sure the pest control services we perform are effective and eco-friendly. To learn more about how we can reduce the number of mosquitoes living and breeding on your property through our effective mosquito control services in Tampa Bay, FL, give Green-Tech Termite and Pest Control a call today!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Remove mosquitoes from your property with the help of our professionals and the following prevention tips. 

  • Remove anything from the yard that could collect rainwater, such as buckets, tree stumps, wading pools, toys.

  • Fill in low-lying areas that could collect rainwater.

  • Keep gutters clear of debris.

  • Trim back overgrown tree branches, shrubs, and bushes.

  • Keep the grass cut short.

  • Screen in your porch or other outdoor eating areas. 

  • If you own a pool or water feature, make sure you properly treat the water and keep it circulating continuously. 

  • Avoid spending time outside at dusk and dawn to reduce your contact with biting mosquitoes.

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