Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are vectors for many diseases causing the deaths worldwide such as a virus, dengue, and malaria.

Appearance

Mosquitoes belong to the same group as true flies which is Diptera (“two wings”). As such, they have a single pair of wings

They typically have long, thin legs and a head featuring a prominent proboscis.

Mosquito bodies and wings most often are covered in tiny scales. Adult sizes may range from 3 to 9 mm.

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Mosquitoes are best known for the habits of the adult females which often feed on blood to help generate their eggs. The lesser-known side is that mosquito adults including males and females, also feed on nectar from flowers.

Their immature stages usually are located in standing tranquil waters (ponds, stagnant water). The larval stages, mosquitos feed on a variety of materials, depending on species, but most consume tiny aquatic organisms onto the water. However, some species are predatory and will consume other mosquitoes in the same habitats.

Adult mosquitoes prefer to be most active from dusk until dawn but can become active all day if the area is covered with shade. They are rarely active under direct sunlight as they can dehydrate quickly and die.

Mosquitoes can be confused with flies. Mosquitoes have long legs and a long proboscis or “nose” that female mosquitoes use to “bite” people and pets to draw blood, needed to lay eggs. On the contrary, most flies won’t bite and even long-legged flies are usually much smaller than mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are pesky pests and can spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, dengue, and malaria.

Reproduction

Males have feathery antennae which they use to locate females. After mating, females typically seek a blood meal to aid in egg production. She often lays them in standing pools of water, but manmade sources can include bird baths, buckets, and even mud puddles. Egg numbers vary from species to species but can be as much as over 100 eggs in a single laying.

Wormlike larvae called wigglers because of their wiggling swimming motion in the water. They feed until ready to molt into pupae. Then, they are already molting and floating in the water surface where their exoskeleton hardens.

Signs of a mosquitoes infestation

Annoying signs of mosquito activity include the buzzing of the females and their bites. People have different reactions to bites, ranging from mild irritation to intense inflammation and swelling. Signs of mosquito nymphs are their presence in standing water or watering dishes.

More information on Mosquitoes

Female mosquitoes have piercing mouthparts through which they extract the blood of a host. The protein from gathered blood is used in egg production. Male does not have this ability. While being bitten, we can not feel pain, but the bite of mosquitoes proves the potential danger of transmission of the disease. When a mosquito inserts her/his proboscis through the skin, her/his saliva creates a small, red bump. These bumps produce mild to severe itching in many people. Some people may become less sensitive to mosquito saliva through repeated exposure, while others may develop allergic reactions. The symptoms of mosquito bites include blistering, inflammation. Mosquitoes are pesky pests and can spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, dengue, and Malaria.

CONTROL AND ERADICATION MOSQUITOES

Almost all of us have to deal with mosquitoes. The humming sound created by mosquitoes’ fast beating of wings tells us that mosquitoes are nearby, so be careful because it’s not easy to get rid of them. Mosquitoes can follow you throughout the day if you are indoors.

So how to get back your living space and not be disturbed by mosquitoes anymore? HNPC can help you with the process that has been studied and implemented successfully to reduce the number of mosquitoes around the house. Please contact us for the best free consultation and assistance on Mosquito control and eradication services for your family.

 

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