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Mosquito Identification & Prevention

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What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are insects, small flies to be exact. Like other flies, they only have one pair of wings, and therefore, while they can fly distances, they are not strong fliers. A simple breeze can blow these insects off course. 

Female mosquitoes feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Using their elongated mouthparts, they pierce the skin of people and animals and suck out their blood. Only females consume blood meals to create healthy eggs. Males and females feed on plant nectar and other sweet liquids as their primary food source. 

Mosquitoes are not social insects, but they do live together in large groups, swarming around areas of standing water where females lay their eggs. New adults can fly away if necessary, but they often stay in the same place they hatch, creating larger and larger populations.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are dangerous pests because of the diseases they spread that make people and animals seriously ill. As they feed, they can pick up dangerous pathogens and then spread those pathogens to their next host. 

Mosquitoes are also annoying pests because their constant swarming and the itchy bites they deliver. They can make it impossible for you to enjoy your yard and other outdoor spaces. Things like gardening, outdoor dining, outdoor wedding, and fairs and festivals can all be ruined by mosquitoes.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes in Raleigh, NC are a problem where there is plenty of standing water for the females to use as breeding sites. Wherever there is high humidity or extended periods of rain, mosquito numbers will explode because of the increase in breeding areas. 

If your property has or is near a lot of standing water, vegetation, or wooded areas, you will experience problems with these blood-feeding pests.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

There are several different places you will find mosquitoes, depending on the time of day.

  • At dusk and dawn, mosquitoes are most active and are busily flying around searching for food, either blood from their hosts or nectar from plants and flowers. 
  • When the sun is its hottest in the middle of the day, most mosquitoes like to hide in shady, cool spots like tall grass, under trees and shrubs, under decks, or within woodpiles or rock piles. 
  • Mosquitoes gather around areas of standing water; this is not only where females lay their eggs but where the larvae develop into new biting adults.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are flying insects that, unfortunately, can find their way onto any of our properties. The best way to control these pests and stop them from taking over your Raleigh yard is with the help of a professional. Regular mosquito control services will provide an effective solution to your property’s mosquito issues. 

At Southern Pest Solutions, we will begin controlling mosquito numbers by having one of our trained and experienced pest professionals perform a thorough inspection. We will then develop a customized treatment plan based on your property’s unique needs. Our goal is to provide the services necessary to reduce mosquito numbers so you and your family can enjoy your backyard! Contact us today to learn more about our mosquito control services in Raleigh and to request your free quote!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

We have compiled a quick list of our most helpful tips to deter biting mosquitoes and keep them from taking over your Raleigh yard.

  • The best way to reduce mosquito activity is to eliminate as much standing water from your property as possible. The fewer breeding sites, the fewer mosquitoes will be swarming your property.
  • Store containers that collect rainwater upside down when not in use.
  • During the day, mosquitoes like to hide in cool, shady areas; keep your grass cut short, regularly prune shrubbery, and cut back overgrown trees. 
  • Remove things like unnecessary woodpiles, leaf piles, and other debris where mosquitoes can rest.
  • Keep mosquitoes from finding their way into your home by never propping open doors, making sure screens are intact, and placing weatherstripping around windows and doors.