Mosquito bites are notoriously itchy and irritating. While there’s always a risk of being bitten when you go outdoors (especially in the summer), you’ll at least want your home to be free of these pesky flying insects. Learn how mosquitos get into your home and how you can finally get rid of them for good with advice from the  Pest Library.

One interesting fact about mosquitos is that it’s only the adult females which feed on blood. But despite the fact that only half their adult population bites human, these bugs are still just as irritating as ever. Most people are sensitive to the “bites” that occur when mosquitos draw blood and get small itchy, red welts as a result, and some even get severe inflammation and swelling. In addition to biting, mosquitos can also spread diseases like West Nile virus and malaria.

Unfortunately, mosquitos reproduce in large quantities, so the longer they stay in your home, the more likely the infestation will worsen. Some species of mosquito can have over 100 eggs in a single laying. You might notice the larvae and pupae in standing water, which is where they live until growing to their adult size.

The most important step in eliminating mosquitos from your home is to locate and get rid of potential breeding grounds. Standing water is what mainly attracts mosquitos to any area, so it’s important to eliminate these sources. Keep in mind that not all sources may be inside the home. Mosquitos that end up in your house may have been attracted by a swimming pool, clogged rain gutters or another outdoor receptacle that has collected water just outside the home. You may also need to check for flooded crawl spaces or potential leaks inside that may be attracting the mosquitos.

While getting rid of some standing water will help, you’ll need a professional to complete the elimination of your mosquito infestation. Contact the pest control experts at MosquitoNix to learn more about our services and to receive a free cost estimate. In addition to getting rid of mosquitos inside, MosquitoNix can apply treatments to your yard helping keep your outdoor spaces free of these pests.