Think of us as your mosquito swat team.

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Fight back against disease-carrying blood suckers.

Season: Spring through the first frost.

Disease profile: Mosquitoes carry malaria, West Nile virus, Eastern Encephalitis (EE), and most recently, Zika virus. Mosquitoes are known as the deadliest animal family in the world.

Appearance: Mosquitoes are small flying insects with tube-like mouthparts that pierce the host to access blood. They are small, about one third of an inch long, and have slender bodies with three segments: head, thorax, and abdomen.

Signs of mosquitoes: After being bitten by a mosquito, most people experience a painful or itchy rash on the bite site, caused by the mosquito’s saliva.

MOSQUITO BIOLOGY

Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in as little as a thimble-size pool of standing water. They follow four stages in their lifecycles: egg, larva, pupa, and adult, with the first three stages occurring in water. Mosquitoes will live for as short as a week to as long as several months.

ASK 603 PEST

“I don’t live near water, so why is my yard full of mosquitoes?”

Do you have a bird bath with stagnant water? Maybe water has pooled in old tires or children’s toys near your garage? Mosquitoes only need a thimble size amount of standing water to breed, and even overgrown vegetation may allow areas for adult mosquitoes congregate and rest.

“Why do mosquitoes bite?”

The adult female is the only stage of the mosquito that feeds on blood, because it needs a blood meal before it can lay fertile eggs. Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices. Also, they’re jerks.

“How can I protect myself and my family from mosquitoes?”

At home, keep windows and porches tightly screened, and when outside, wear long pants and shirts to keep mosquitoes from accessing your skin. Dark colors attract mosquitoes, so light tones are best if you venture outside. And don’t forget your pets: Mosquitoes will bite dogs and cats, which could cause heartworm, so check with your vet about special medication during mosquito season. Also, use an EPA-registered repellent, and consider a mosquito treatment for your yard that targets the female adult mosquito. Treatments should be administered only by qualified pest control officers for safe and effective results.

Blast those mosquitoes!

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