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Mosquito Identification


What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are a type of fly that belong to the Culicidae species. Female mosquitoes have biting and sucking mouthparts that allow them to feed on human and animal blood which allows them to nourish their eggs. The males of the species actually do 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 are usually brown or black with pale-colored bands on their legs and bodies. Mosquitoes have a long and cylindrical body shape and, like most insects, have six legs. Mosquitoes are considered a vector of certain infectious diseases such as Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, West Nile virus, and Zika virus.

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Why do I have them?

The most likely reason that you have mosquitoes on your property is that you have a source of standing water that is providing female mosquitoes with a place to lay their eggs. You may also have flowers or plants that adult mosquitoes are getting nectar or other plant sugars from as this is their primary food source.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Yes, mosquitoes are very dangerous. When female mosquitoes bite, they leave behind itchy, red welts on your skin that can be quite bothersome, painful, and may even cause localized swelling. More importantly, mosquitoes are considered dangerous due to their ability to transmit potentially life-threatening mosquito-borne diseases to both humans and animals. For this reason, mosquitoes are often considered the most dangerous animal on the planet.

Some of the more well-known illnesses that are transmitted by mosquitoes are:

  • Malaria

  • West Nile virus

  • Zika virus

For more information about Zika virus in Pennsylvania, visit the Zika virus page on the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website, or for more information about Zika virus in the United States, visit the Zika section on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s website.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

It may not be possible to completely get rid of the mosquitoes on your property, but it is possible to manage your mosquito problem with certain control methods. Getting rid of sources of standing water on and around your property is a good first step in controlling mosquitoes. Regularly emptying birdbaths, kiddie pools, and anything else on your property that may collect rainwater is a good way to eliminate breeding areas for mosquitoes. Should you encounter mosquitoes, wearing insect repellent and covering as much skin as possible will also help you to avoid being bitten.

Can I do it myself?

Getting rid of mosquitoes on your own is practically impossible. You can try to prevent them from breeding on your property and try to keep them from biting you, but managing mosquito populations is a task for only the pest control professionals. You may find over-the-counter sprays or chemicals that are said to help get rid of mosquitoes, but these rarely ever work and can very easily be applied incorrectly, creating possible health risks 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. All of 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's 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 pest control program that offers mosquito control treatments to be certain that mosquitoes stay away from their homes and businesses.

Where does Moyer Pest Control service?

Moyer offers effective mosquito control services in Souderton, Harleysville, Kulpsville, and throughout several Pennsylvania counties, including the Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks, and Montgomery counties as well as parts of the 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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