The tiny mosquito is one of the fiercest pests known to humankind. It's also one of the most resilient, surviving floods, fires and volcanic eruptions only to buzz, bite and annoy people in the summer months. Thousands of mosquito species populate the world, and dozens of species live near towns and cities of all sizes. Regardless of the species, a mosquito problem can escalate quickly, putting you and your pets in danger. Learn how to be rid of mosquitoes with advice from the MosquitoNix® Library including using the portable MosquitoNix on-the-go.
Every state in the U.S. is home to dozens of mosquito species, and many communities have ongoing mosquito control programs designed to cut down on the mosquito population. Despite these efforts, infestations continue popping up in various areas, and it's not unusual to be bitten by these bloodsucking insects while you relax outside in your yard.
This is worrisome because mosquitoes are known disease carriers, and a single bite can infect you or a loved one with Malaria, Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever or Zika Virus. Only females are biters, and out of the millions born each year, only a small percentage of adult mosquitoes are disease carriers. Still, there are enough of them flying around to cause small and large disease outbreaks among humans. Your pets are also at risk of being bitten by heartworm-carrying mosquitoes.
Eliminating a pesky mosquito problem requires fast and decisive action. Eliminating or reducing the mosquito population in your yard can help to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. One way to prevent mosquitoes from biting is to apply a generous amount of chemical insect repellent on uncovered areas of skin and to outer clothing. This short-term solution works until the repellent wears off, and it must be re-applied periodically to avoid bites.
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so be sure to dump out all sources of standing water outside your home. If you can't dump the water out, chemicals can be added to the water to kill mosquito larvae before adults emerge. Bug sprays and candles containing citronella oil and other ingredients can also temporarily help ward off mosquito attacks. Another good idea is to wear loose-fitting clothes that cover your arms and legs, making it more difficult for mosquitoes to find your skin.
Because mosquitoes can come from neighboring areas, it's hard trying to keeping them off your property using conventional methods. Torrential rains and flooding can quickly bring overwhelming mosquito troubles to your home, and our MosquitoNix team is ready to battle your mosquito problem using our proven pest removal methods. Let our team treat your property with our proven insect removal formulas. Choose our MosquitoNix Green option for a completely biodegradable bug removal system. Contact us today to speak with a service professional and to set up a free consultation.
How long do mosquitoes live?
Mosquitoes are flying insects that feed on blood from living animals, including humans. Only female mosquitoes are able to bite a host and a blood meal is required for breeding. A female mosquito can live as long as one or two months in moist conditions.
How can I get rid of mosquitoes in my yard?
The short answer is that you can't completely eliminate mosquitoes from your yard. All you can do is reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard by eliminating standing water and treating your yard chemically. While this will greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes you see, insects will still come onto your property from adjoining areas.
What eats mosquitoes?
There are many animals that eat mosquitoes, but few make them the main part of their diets. Bats are one notable exception. The mosquito-hunting machines are active at dusk when mosquitoes are plentiful. Other animals that feast on mosquitoes include the purple martin, dragonflies and spiders.