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What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are tiny flying insects that are relentless during the warm months of spring through fall. There are many types of mosquitoes, but it can be difficult to identify species as they are small and delicate insects.

Female mosquitoes need to consume blood to reproduce and feed on nectar and other sweet liquids for nutrients. Males, on the other hand, don't bite at all.

Although they fly, mosquitoes are not very strong, performing terribly in windy conditions.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Globally, mosquitoes are the most dangerous pests because of their ability to carry and transmit deadly diseases, including malaria and Zika. While in the United States, mosquito-borne illnesses are not as common, there have been breakouts of dengue fever, West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and chikungunya. Plus, mosquitoes can spread heartworms to dogs, which is very serious but preventable with help from a veterinarian.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Unfortunately, mosquitoes don't require much to make themselves at home and thrive on a residential property. The two main things mosquitoes look for are stagnant water and shade.

A small amount of stagnant water provides a perfect breeding site for a female mosquito to lay its eggs. Unfiltered pools, ponds, water features, birdbaths, caught rainwater, and more can be breeding sites for this pest.

You may notice that mosquitoes are most active around dusk and dawn. They are pests that do not do well in sunlight, so they hide in shady places like inside foliage during the day.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

It may seem like mosquitoes are everywhere; this especially feels like the case when all you want to do is enjoy time outside but can't because these pests won't leave you alone. Because mosquitoes are flying insects, they can easily make their way to your property. However, there are some places where you may see higher populations of these pests. These places include areas with stagnant water for breeding and shady spots that protect them from the sun.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Professional pest services in Asheboro are the best way to get mosquitoes under control on your property. Asheboro residents can call Otho's Pest Management to help keep these pesky flying insects away from you and your family.

Our technicians will help determine what treatments your property needs. With our home pest control services and commercial pest management solutions, you will see a big difference, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor spaces more. 

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

When it comes to mosquitoes, keeping your yard maintained is essential to reducing mosquito populations. Here are several maintenance tips to help you start with mosquito prevention:

  • Keep grass, bushes, and other foliage cut back.

  • Remove leaf litter, grass clippings, and any other organic debris.

  • Properly store compost piles.

  • Make sure garbage cans have fitting lids.

  • Store wheelbarrows, buckets, gardening tools, children's toys, and other items when they are not in use.

  • Use filters in ponds, pools, and other water landscaping features.

  • Keep your gutters from getting clogged.

  • Fill ground holes and anything else that can hold rainwater.

For more mosquito prevention tips and professional control methods, call Otho's Pest Management.

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