Mosquitoes are a dangerous pest and cause the death of over one million people per year, through malaria alone. You may be familiar with some of the diseases mosquitoes spread, including Zika Virus, Malaria, and West Nile, to name a few.
Because of their danger, we recognize the importance of offering mosquito control as part of our pest control services in the greater Capital District.
THE LIFE CYCLE OF A MOSQUITO
Mosquitoes have four stages in their lives. They are listed below:
Unlike many other insects, mosquito eggs are not laid in mass batches. They are placed one at a time, and sometimes attached to each other so that they may float on water. This is why you often see mosquitoes hiding near water a lot!
Once the eggs hatch, they turn into larva. When a mosquito is in this stage of its life, it molts four times, as it outgrows its skin. Once the larva has its fourth molt, it becomes a pupa.
Pupae don’t actually eat at all, but they are still able to move. During this stage, the mosquito itself is forming, similar to a butterfly in its cocoon. Once a mosquito is ready to become an adult, it breaks out of the pupal skin.
As adults, mosquitoes wait a few days before reproducing or eating. This entire cycle from egg to adult can take anywhere from ten to fourteen days.
WHAT DOES A MOSQUITO LOOK LIKE?
Mosquitoes are flying insects with one pair of wings. They have long legs, a skinny body, and are very small – a lot of times smaller than 16mm long.
Here’s a picture of a mosquito, just to give you a complete idea of what they look like!
HOW TO PREVENT A MOSQUITO INFESTATION
The best way to ever avoid having a mosquito infestation is by thorough prevention. Family Pest Solutions has some tips that may help you prevent mosquitoes from finding your home or property a formidable mating ground.
To start, make sure you don’t have any areas that are allowing water to pool up. As you learned earlier, eggs are laid on water, so stagnant water pools are the perfect way for mosquitoes to begin the reproductive cycle.
If you do have items that cause pooling, but cannot do anything about it, then make sure you at least clean these objects regularly. Some examples are bird baths, pots, and some gardening items.
DO I HAVE A MOSQUITO INFESTATION IN MY ALBANY HOME?
Determining if you have a mosquito problem is fairly straight forward. Here are some signs that we’ve put together, in case you need to know immediately:
- You have mosquito bites!
- You keep hearing bugs buzzing around you
- Mosquito larvae found in pooling water
If you find that you have these signs, then we suggest looking for a pest control solution.
HOW CAN FAMILY PEST SOLUTIONS HELP?
Family Pest Solutions will treat areas mosquitoes hide out during the day, and this will help combat the mosquito population near your home.
We treat your property from May through September. We offer a thorough exterior treatment that creates a barrier of protection for you and your family. Family Pest Solutions will provide detailed inspection reports and recommendations with every service.