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As the weather warms more and more pests are seen inside and outside your home. One of those pests are mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are an interesting pest. Although they can be a risk to your health during warmer months, it is generally their ability to be a bother that has people frustrated and requesting professional service. Mosquitoes can ruin a cookout in your backyard, make a special event unpleasant, and also carry with them the threat of disease.
You have most likely come across at least one mosquito in your life. Their annoying, itchy bites are not easy to forget. But mosquitoes are not the only biting insect roaming your lawn. Identifying the physical characteristics of mosquitoes in comparison to other biting insects will help you know what is infesting your yard.
- Mosquitoes are in the fly family. They have a single pair of wings, with long, thin legs. Physically, the mosquito can be distinguished from other flies by the scales on the wings and body.
- The bottom, front portion of the head has a protruding, thin mouthpart which is used to feed.
- They range from 3 to 9 mm in length.
- Mosquitoes are commonly confused with the Crane Fly, that looks like a massive mosquito. People often think they are male mosquitoes but, in reality, they belong to a separate family of insects. The Crane Fly’s female does not feed on blood and is only seen as a nuisance.
Mosquitoes’ habits make them predictable creatures. Being aware of these habits will help you protect yourselves from them and also reduce the risk of attracting them to your home.
- Blood does not provide survival for mosquitoes. Rather, blood is drawn for the sole purpose of allowing the females to develop and lay their eggs. The protein in blood provides the necessities for mosquito eggs that nectar and other common mosquito food does not provide. As a result, the males do not bite for blood, only the females do.
- Mosquitoes prefer to be active from dusk to sunrise as well as cloudy days when the sun is not present because the exposure to direct sunshine can contribute to their death. As a result, be aware of a greater risk of bites during the hours when the sun is down.
- Most species of mosquitoes are weak and fly rather slow. Therefore, if you encounter mosquitoes in your yard, their breeding site is close by since they do not have the capability of flying far.
- Mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in stagnant water, commonly infesting swamps, marshes, ponds, and other wetland locations. When the eggs hatch the larvae continue to live in the water for a few weeks until they become adult and are ready to fly.
Proactive Tips to Control Mosquitoes
- Shield Yourself: If you are outdoors, especially during hours between dusk and sunrise, wear closed-toed shoes and socks to protect your feet and ankles from bites. For additional protection, wear insect repellent containing DEET.
- Reduce Habitat: Reduce the presence of standing water around your home. Empty any buckets, containers, or kiddie pools containing water. Also, frequently refill birdbaths and fountains, while also cleaning out your home’s gutters to reduce standing water.
- Replace Outdoor Lights: Mosquitoes are attracted to light. However, a special type of light bulb called “bug lights” emit a different wavelength of light that is not as attractive to insects as other light bulbs.
- Target Mosquito Larvae: For areas that have ponds or ditches in your yard, environment-friendly mosquito larvicides can be directly applied to water sources containing mosquito larvae in order to kill them.
Know When to Call the Professionals
Even after taking these preventive steps, mosquitoes may still be present around your home. It is difficult to completely eliminate the presence of adult mosquitoes, but our professionals are trained to know where they are hiding and treat your home accordingly. Our monthly treatment throughout the mosquito season will significantly reduce the existence of mosquitoes infesting your yard. Your family is protected and you can, once again, enjoy your yard. Get a Free Quote right now. (630) 451-8101
Types of Mosquitoes in Illinois
There are three main types of mosquitoes in Illinois. Each have preferred breeding sites, as well as their own habits. Each of the three prevalent mosquito varieties in Illinois also carry their own unique risk of disease.
|Common Name||Breeding Sites and Habits||Disease Transmission|
|Asian Tiger Mosquito||Tires and other containers; cavities of trees; day-biting species||LaCrosse Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever|
|Tree-hole mosquito||Breeds in cavities of trees, stumps, tires, buckets, etc., day-biting species||LaCrosse Encephalitis|
|Northern House Mosquito||Catch basins, polluted water, tires, ditches and marshes||St. Louis encephalitis, West Nile Virus|
Disease Risk in Humans
House Mosquito, Tree-hole Mosquito, and Asian Tiger Mosquito which bite from dusk to dawn, are vectors of Encephalitis and West Nile virus. Mosquitoes can become infected by feeding on birds, chipmunks, squirrels and other small woodland animals; in humans, it affects mainly children, elderly, and the immune deficient. Although greater risk is greater in these groups, the risk is present to the entire human population.
Dog Heartworm is a roundworm that infects coyotes, foxes, and dogs. Mosquitoes may be infected with microscopic roundworm larvae. When bitten by an infected mosquito, the roundworm larvae enters the dogs bloodstream. The larvae will move through tissue until it reaches the heart, where the larvae mature into adults up to 11 inches in length. Large worms can kill the dog by clogging the blood vessels of the dogs heart.
ProActive’s mosquito service can help prevent these problems. Our service greatly reduces the amount of mosquitoes in your yard and allows you to have peace of mind so you can enjoy your summer.