Mosquitoes are a group of about 3500 species of small insects that are flies. The word "mosquito" is Spanish for "little fly". Mosquitoes have a slender segmented body, a pair of wings, three pairs of long hair-like legs, feathery antennae, and elongated mouthparts.
Mosquitoes are ubiquitous insects, they can be found in nearly every type of climatic region of the world from the arctic regions to the tropics, surviving severe winters or dry seasons depending on the region. Depending on species they can be found breeding in all types of water; from heavily polluted, to clean; from small collections of water in tin cans, to pools or streams; such is their adaptability. Their distribution is increased and aided by transport systems such as boats and aircraft and non-indigenous species have been introduced to new territories in this way, even infected mosquitoes have been transported to temperate climates, thereby transmitting tropical diseases.
Female mosquitoes need the iron and protein in your blood to reproduce. That's why they're so intent on biting you. Once they have your blood, they just need to find somewhere to lay eggs. Mosquito breeding grounds can be anywhere with standing, stagnant water. This includes gutters, dog bowls, bird baths and containers, such as bottle caps. While you can do your best to minimize stagnant water on your own property, you have no control over what your neighbors do. That's why it's important to have effective mosquito control.
Everyone knows mosquitoes can cause welts and severe itching, preventing you and your family from enjoying the outdoors. But they're more than just a nuisance — they can make heading outside a risk. Did you know that the tiny mosquito is actually the deadliest killer in the animal kingdom? It’s true. The saliva of the mosquito transmitted to the host with the bite can cause itching and a rash. In addition, many species of mosquitoes inject or ingest (or both) disease-causing organisms with the bite and are thus vectors of diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus as well as the newly detected Keystone virus and Rift Valley fever. By transmitting diseases, mosquitoes kill more people than any other animal.
When mosquitoes find their way inside your home through an open door or window, they usually rest in dark, hidden areas, but will come out at night in search of a blood meal. Some mosquito species are active at different times of the day, but most emerge just before dusk and are active at night. Mosquito treatment is usually an integrated effort involving source reduction plus the use of chemical control products when needed. Since mosquitoes develop in water, source reduction targets and eliminates water sources favorable for mosquito breeding. While source reduction is the more effective long-term approach to mosquito treatment, the mosquito treatment plan may require using chemical products to supplement source reduction.
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Have mosquitoes taken over your yard? Are you tired of the non-stop buzzing and itchy, red bites? A mosquito infestation can be dangerous to the health of people and pets. Hire our mosquito control service to exterminate the swarms of mosquitoes inhabiting your property today. Call us on 0772 645 531 or contact us online to schedule a mosquito control service visit.