Mosquito Identification & Prevention

What are mosquitoes?

Adult mosquitoes have fly-like bodies that are gray, black, or brown, with some species having white, silver, green, or blue scales. Their small body is a narrow oval shape, and adults grow to about ¼ of an inch in length. They have a single pair of wings with fine hair over them and long thin legs. Female mosquitoes use their proboscis (nose) to pierce the skin of a person or animal and feed on their blood to get the required protein to develop healthy eggs.

mosquito on a finger

In addition, both the males and females use their proboscis to feed on plant nectar – their primary source of food. Their feeding habits and ability to swarm in large numbers give mosquitoes the ability to drive people inside, away from their outdoor spaces.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are one of the world's most dangerous pests because they can transmit several disease-causing pathogens and parasites. Although not every mosquito carries a disease, many do, which is why it's important to avoid them. Whether they carry a disease or not, mosquitoes are annoying pests that deliver itchy bites and their presence on any property should be limited.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

The hot, humid weather found in the Houston region allows mosquitoes to breed quickly and successfully. Our milder winters allow for more of their eggs to survive, generating significant mosquito populations in the spring. In the right conditions, mosquitoes develop from an egg to a biting adult in about a week, sometimes less. Properties near areas of standing water tend to have high populations of mosquitoes buzzing around. The females lay their eggs in areas of standing water, such as ponds, lakes, drainage ditches, buckets, clogged gutters, wading pools, and low lying areas in driveways and lawns.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes can become a problem on any property, especially anywhere the weather is hot and humid. Many species of mosquitoes rest during the middle of the day when the temperature is at its highest. Common hiding spots include behind tree bark, in tall grass, along fences lines, and under decks. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Yards, parks, athletic fields, lakes, and wooded areas are where mosquitoes tend to live in dense populations.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

The best way to live pest-free is to partner with the Houston pest professionals at GreenForce Pest Solutions. Our family wants to keep your family and home safe from mosquitoes and other pests. Our guaranteed services provide our home and business owners with fast, effective pest elimination. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, we are committed to solving your pest problems in the Houston, Texas region.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, keep your property free of mosquitoes using the following prevention tips:

  • Get rid of sources of standing water from your property.

  • When not in use, store containers that collect water upside down or in an outbuilding.

  • Remove debris from gutters to prevent water from building up in them.

  • Fix leaky outdoor faucets and hoses.

  • Keep grass cut short and cut back overgrown vegetation.

  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation on your property.

  • If you own a pool, make sure to maintain it.

  • Repair loose or torn screens and keep windows and doors closed as much as possible to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

If you are looking for exceptional mosquito control for your home or business, reach out to the friendly, local pest control experts at GreenForce Pest Solutions today!

 

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