What are mosquitoes?
The mosquito is a flying, biting insect. They are a type of true fly, which means they only have one pair of wings. So while mosquitoes can fly, they are not strong flyers, and a strong breeze will throw them off course. These pests do best in warm, humid weather and are a common source of frustration for people during the summer season.
Female mosquitoes bite people and animals to feed on their blood and get the protein they need to produce viable eggs. Males do not bite us; instead, they feed on plant nectar and other sweet liquids, the primary food source for both males and females.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are biting disease-spreading pests, so there is no denying that they are dangerous. When female mosquitoes bite to consume a blood meal, they will create skin irritation and causes a raised, itchy welt. Their bites are unpleasant and may become infected. But, the more significant concern with mosquitoes is the diseases they spread.
While not every mosquito carries a disease, they do bite and feed on many different hosts, making them vectors of disease. West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), St Louis encephalitis (SLE), and chikungunya are examples of diseases spread by mosquitoes.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes are familiar visitors to our yards, breeding in stagnant water that forms or collects in our yards and resting in tall grass, weeds, and garden areas near our homes. Any outdoor space can become overrun by mosquitoes, but properties near water sources, wooded areas, and fields are most prone to mosquito problems.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Dusk and dawn are when most species of mosquitoes are the most active. During the heat of the day, mosquitoes like to rest in dense vegetation. Mosquitoes are often spotted swarming around breeding sites; while mosquitoes can fly some distances to search for food, most stay close to where they hatch. The more standing water (breeding sites) you have on your property, the more problems with mosquitoes you will have. Females mosquitoes (depending on the species) will lay their eggs in either man-made or natural containers.
Things commonly used by mosquitoes as breeding sites include:
- Buckets or potted plants
- Trashcans and tires
- Low lying areas or ditches
- Clogged gutters
- Tree stumps or tree hollows
- Ponds or other slow-moving bodies of water
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes don't pay attention to boundaries and can become a problem in any outdoor space. At Owyhee Environmental, we can help you control mosquitoes so you can enjoy your backyard whenever you want. Whether you are looking for recurring mosquito control services or a one-time treatment before a special event like a wedding or party, we have you covered!
Using the best products on the market and a low-impact approach, we provide solutions you can trust. If you are ready to take back your Boise or Meridian area yard from mosquitoes, call Owyhee Environmental today!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
At Owyhee Environmental we've put together a list of prevention tips that will make your property less attractive to these mosquitoes:
- Don't allow water to build up around your home. Make sure gutters are working correctly, don't overwater gardens, and make sure your yard has good drainage.
- Store containers that collect water upside down when not in use.
- Keep the grass cut short, and don't allow landscaping plants to overgrow.
- Ensure that screens in windows and doors are intact so that mosquitoes cannot move into your home.
- Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by staying inside at dusk and dawn and wearing mosquito repellent when spending time in areas with a lot of mosquito activity.
- Use outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes away from outdoor seating areas.
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