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Mosquito Identification


What Are Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are a type of fly that belong to the Culicidae species. The females have the biting and sucking mouthparts that are necessary to allow them to feed on human and animal blood, which allows them to nourish their eggs. The male of the species does not bite and can even be beneficial in helping to pollinate some flowers. Mosquitoes can vary between 1/8 of an inch and 3/4 of an inch long and they are usually brown or black with pale colored bands on their legs and bodies. Like most insects, they have six legs and mosquitoes have a long and cylindrical body shape. Mosquitoes are considered vectors of certain infectious diseases like eastern equine encephalomyelitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, the West Nile virus, and Zika virus.

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Why do I have them?

You may have mosquitoes on your property because you have a source of standing water, in which mosquitoes lay their eggs. You may also have flowers or plants that adult mosquitoes are getting nectar and other plant sugars from, as this is their main source of nourishment.

Are they dangerous?

Yes. The female mosquito will bite, which causes a red and itchy welt to appear on the victim’s skin, which can be quite bothersome and can even cause localized swelling. But more importantly, mosquitoes are considered dangerous because of their ability to transmit possibly life-threatening infectious diseases to humans and animals and because of this ability, some have said that mosquitoes could very well be the most dangerous animal on the planet.  Some of the more well-known illnesses that are transmitted by mosquitoes include malaria, West Nile virus, and the Zika virus.  For more information on the Zika virus in Pennsylvania click here to visit the Zika page on the website of the Pennsylvania Department of Health or for information about Zika in the United States click here to visit the Zika section of the website of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

It may not be possible to totally get rid of a mosquito population, but it is possible to manage the mosquito problem with certain control methods. Getting rid of sources of standing water around your property is a good first step at mosquito control. Regularly emptying bird baths, children’s pools and anything on your property that may have collected rain water is a good way to eliminate breeding zones for mosquitoes. Should you encounter them, wearing insect repellent and covering as much skin as possible will also help you to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Can I do it myself?

Getting rid of mosquitoes on your own is practically impossible. You can try to exclude them from breeding on your property, you can try to keep them from biting you, but getting rid of them entirely is a task for only pest control professionals. You may find over the counter sprays or chemicals to help get rid of mosquitoes, but these rarely ever work completely and can very easily be applied incorrectly, causing possible health problems for you or your family.

Is the treatment safe?

The health and safety of our customers, their families or employees is of utmost importance to us. This is why we employ the use Integrated Pest Management products and treatments that have been approved and registered for pest control use by the EPA. Our all our Service Professionals™ are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide our services to be certain that proper application of treatments is always performed.

How soon can you get here?

Moyer Service Professionals™ are committed to helping you with your mosquito problem as soon as possible, which means in most cases that we can respond the same or the very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Mosquito prevention is a very difficult task, which is why many of our customers choose our comprehensive, year-round program to be certain that mosquitoes stay away from their homes and businesses.

Where does Moyer Pest Control service?

Mosquito Management Services provided by Moyer can be obtained in Souderton, Harleysville, Kulpsville and throughout several Pennsylvania counties, including Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery Counties as well as parts of Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties. Moyer Pest Control also provides pest control in Newtown Square and other parts of Delaware as well as Lumberton, New Jersey.

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