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Mosquitos, They Do Bite!

Few creatures on the planet evoke more animosity, annoyance and fear than the mosquito. It would be one thing if it only bit you and produced one of the itchiest welts known to man, but no, it has to carry some of humanity’s most deadly diseases. They are drawn to us by the carbon monoxide and sweat we produce. Mosquitoes are stealthy and sneaky, landing quietly on our skin. Their tiny, needle like proboscis penetrates the skin in between nerves and injects a numbing agent so the mosquito can continue to drink freely without drawing attention to itself. The mosquito’s saliva contains anticoagulant enzymes and proteins to keep your blood from clotting while they suck their host’s blood. It’s the saliva that causes an allergic reaction, the famously awful itch and the resulting red welt.

General Information

There are more than 3,500 species of mosquito on this planet, 175 of those is found in the United States. Mosquito is a Spanish word, meaning “little fly” and they buzz around trying to find their next blood mean. These insects to not bite, but instead pierce their victim with their pointy mouth part called a proboscis. A mosquito can drink up to three times its weight in blood and then the female uses the protein and iron found in the blood to make its eggs. A female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. Male mosquitoes fertilize female mosquitoes, who then store the sperm for later when she lays her eggs. Male mosquitoes do not bite or drink blood. Both female and male mosquitoes drink nectar for nourishment, however only the female mosquito also drinks blood to nourish the eggs she creates.

The Signs of an Infestation

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in very moist areas, especially preferring areas of standing water. If a single female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs at a time, imagine how many thousands of mosquitoes will soon be all over your yard if they find some good, moist spots around your yard to lay their eggs in. If you notice an increase in mosquitoes in your yard, chances are that there are prime mosquito laying environments nearby. Mosquitoes only live for about 2 weeks and fly anywhere from a few feet to a few miles from their original breeding site. A noticeable increase in mosquitoes in your yard however, does not need to be tolerated. Treating your yard for mosquitoes will bring a drastic decrease in their numbers and give you more peace from these frustrating blood suckers.

Treatment

Treating mosquitoes with professional mosquito control from Pointe Pest Control helps control breeding around your yard. Our technicians will inspect the areas around your yard and find potential breeding sites. The most common areas are dense shrubbery, standing water from drains and water collecting on tarps, yard toys or outside equipment. Once the areas of standing water or excess moisture area identified, they can dried out and treated. Pointe Pest Control uses only the safest, non-toxic treatment methods for mosquitoes and once these treatments are applied, you should see a significant decrease in mosquitoes in your yard. Keeping your family safe from these disease carrying insects is possible with year round mosquito control from Pointe Pest Control.

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