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Mosquito Identification

What are mosquitoes?

A biting, flying pest, mosquitoes are one of the most annoying and rampant pests living throughout Georgia. Mosquitoes are small, fly-like insects with long, thin legs, and one set of scaly wings. Their most distinctive feature is a proboscis (mouthparts) that they use for feeding on plant nectar or blood (females). Mosquitoes thrive in warm weather, and stop people from enjoying their yards and other outdoor spaces – especially during the summer.

close up of mosquito on human skin

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes feed on the blood of both people and animal hosts. As they feed, they are able to pick up diseases and parasites, which they are then able to pass on to other people and animals. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, diseases spread by mosquitoes in the Peachtree City area include West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, and LaCrosse virus. They are also known to carry the Saint Louis encephalitis virus.

In addition, the threat of pets being infected with parasitic heartworm spread by mosquitoes is very significant in Georgia. All pets should be placed by their veterinarian on a year-round heartworm preventative to protect them from deadly heartworms.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Since mosquitoes live and breed outside, the potential for mosquitoes finding their way onto any yard or other outdoor space is very high. Any property that offers a place to feed and breed will likely be taken advantage of by mosquitoes. Properties with standing water, drainage problems, and water leaks, wooded areas, and lots of flowering vegetation are most at risk for problems with mosquitoes.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

In Georgia, mosquitoes are most active from March through October. Peak mosquito season is in the middle of summer, when the weather is very hot and humid. The severity of a mosquito season is greatly influenced by rainfall and temperature; the more rain, and the higher the temperature, the more mosquitoes there will be.

Mosquitoes live and gather in a variety of different areas, including wooded areas, fields, meadows, marshes, and around areas of standing water. Containers that collect water, ponds, pools, slow-moving creeks, mud puddles, and drainage ditches all attract mosquitoes. During the heat of the day, mosquitoes rest in large numbers behind tree bark, in tall grasses, under decks, and in overgrown vegetation.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

To protect your property from mosquitoes, it is essential to maintain an effective pest prevention and control program. For the complete removal of mosquitoes from your Georgia property, call MSI Termite & Pest Control and learn about our Peachtree City mosquito control services. By working together, we can make sure your home or business stays free of mosquitoes and other pests.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to help you avoid problems with mosquitoes in your yard:

  • Fix leaky pipes, hoses, and fixtures.
  • Keep gutters clear of debris that could allow rainwater to pool.
  • If you own a pool, make sure it is being properly maintained to prevent the water from becoming stagnant.
  • Fill in low-lying areas or ground holes that collect water.
  • Keep grass cut short, and remove areas of dense vegetation from your yard.
  • Don’t let mosquitoes into our home; make sure screens are intact, and keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.

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