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Should I Be Worried About The Mosquitoes Around My Souderton Home?

August 8, 2022

 

There are now an estimated 60 different species of mosquitoes in Pennsylvania. The term “mosquito” originates from the Spanish and Portuguese words describing a “little fly.” Some of the most prevalent species in this region include the common house mosquito (Culex pipiens), white-dotted mosquito (Culex restuans), rock pool mosquito (Aedes japonicus), the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti), and the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus).

Male mosquitoes primarily consume nectar and other plant-based materials, and females drink the blood of humans or animals, which provides them with the protein necessary for generating eggs. Females use a mouthpiece (proboscis) that allows for piercing the skin and imbibing blood. Known for potentially spreading harmful diseases, mosquitoes remain one of the leading public health concerns addressed by federal, state, and local agencies.

Are you struggling to find the best ways how to eliminate mosquitoes? Homeowners that have too many mosquitoes on their property should consult with a Souderton pest control professional who understands the best way to keep mosquitoes out of yard areas

Homeowner's Mosquito Identification Guide

Belonging to the order Diptera, mosquitoes share some common physical characteristics. Mosquitoes have a body length that usually ranges from 1/8 of an inch to ¾ of an inch, long legs, and a brown or black appearance. People usually encounter mosquitoes during the warmest months of the year when participating in outdoor activities such as hiking or camping.  

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What Are Mosquitoes Attracted To?

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in pools of standing freshwater; therefore, these pests are very common in areas near ponds, lakes, or streams. In some cases, groups or clusters of eggs will form a “raft-like” appearance on the surface of the water. From the form of an egg, mosquitoes soon develop into larva and pupae as they progress toward adulthood, a cycle that might occur in less than two weeks.

Property owners seeking to minimize the number of mosquitoes on their property must strive to limit excessive moisture and areas of standing water. Some of the best preventative measures include:

  • Regularly change the water in birdbaths that might contain mosquito eggs.
  • Remove objects that will hold water from the yard area, including buckets, tarps, pots, and kiddie pools.
  • Clean gutter systems so that water properly flows away from the structure.  
  • Some plants are known to repel mosquitoes, including citronella, rosemary, and lavender.

What time are mosquitoes most active? Mosquitoes are prevalent during the warm summer months and are most active during the hours around dawn and dusk. If you are participating in outdoor activities during these hours, consider wearing long-sleeved shirts and full-length pants that will limit direct access to the skin. The E.P.A. also maintains a list of safe and effective repellants in the form of sprays, lotions, etc. 

Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?

When a female mosquito feeds from a host, there is exposure to the creature’s saliva, which might contain a variety of harmful pathogens. The majority of bite victims experience mild symptoms such as an itchy and irritating red bump on the skin. Some of the health concerns associated with mosquitoes are the West Nile Virus, the Zika virus, malaria, and others.

Why You Should Choose Professional Mosquito Control

The local technicians with Moyer Pest Control are available to visit your home and perform a detailed property inspection. We commonly deploy a comprehensive approach in treating areas with significant mosquito activity that involves an application that eliminates adult mosquitoes, suppresses mosquitoes that are still developing as larvae, and has a residual impact.

We operate according to the latest safety recommendations that protect human health and the local environment. Contact our office today for a consultation. 

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