Mosquito Identification & Prevention

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What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are an essential part of the ecosystem as a food source for many other insects and animals. However, they cause many problems worldwide due to the diseases they transmit, which you can read about below.

These pests are known for biting and consuming blood from mammals, but only female mosquitoes do so. Females need to finish a blood meal to reproduce; both males and females consume nectar from flowering plants and honeydew from aphids. Regular home pest control and mosquito treatments are necessary to completely eliminate mosquito activity from your property.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Because they are so common, many people don’t realize how dangerous mosquitoes are. In the United States, mosquitoes present a lesser risk than in other countries. However, they are still known to transmit West Nile virus, dog heartworm, Zika, dengue fever, several types do encephalitis, and chikungunya.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Some properties experience more mosquitoes than others, especially if surrounded by wooded areas, marshes, swamps, lakes, and ponds. Mosquitoes need shade and standing water to thrive. But you don’t need to live in these areas to have a mosquito problem. They can get shade from tall grass, thick foliage, and debris. And standing water can include birdbaths, pools, ponds, clogged gutters, and collected rainwater.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

While mosquitoes are out from dusk to dawn, they have to hide during the day because they can become dehydrated quickly in direct sunlight. They will hide in shaded areas during the afternoon and also hang near stagnant water, where they breed.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Using candles, torches, sprays, and other store-bought products won’t keep getting rid of mosquitoes populations on your property, but our pest control services can! At SureShot Pest Control, we will eliminate adult mosquitos, treat vernal ponds and standing water, and recommend solutions to drainage issues. Our technicians are knowledgeable and able to identify the 61 mosquito species, which allows them to treat accordingly.

Treatment includes a mist blower that reaches under leaves and other areas where mosquitoes hide throughout the day. We also use a larvicide that is safe for water but targets mosquito larvae. With our service areas in Michigan, you will see a reduction in mosquitoes populations and be able to enjoy your outdoor spaces again! Learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Are you tired of dealing with mosquitoes when trying to enjoy the outdoors? If the answer is yes, then you should use these prevention tips to help keep these pests away:

  • Eliminate breeding sites by removing standing water, keeping gutters from getting clogged, and properly treating ponds and pools.
  • Eliminate food sources by keeping flowering plants always from your home and treating gardens for aphids.
  • Eliminate harborage areas by removing compost piles, keeping the grass cut short, and removing excess debris.

Call us at SureShot Pest Control and ask about our mosquito control services!

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