What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are a type of fly-like insect. They are best known for their feeding habits and their ability to spread debilitating diseases. Mosquitoes feed on plant nectar as their main source of food; female mosquitoes also feed on blood from people and animals to gain the protein needed to develop viable eggs. Mosquitoes have slender bodies, hairy wings, and six long, narrow legs. They have thin, tube-like extended mouthparts that they use for feeding. Despite being dangerous pests because of the diseases they spread, they do have some importance, as they are a food source for many other animals.
Listed below are the most common species of mosquitoes living throughout Central Maryland:
These mosquitoes can survive several months without water, making them difficult to control. They breed in standing water found in containers and so can thrive in urban areas.
Known as the Asian Tiger mosquito, these mosquitoes are aggressive, fast-moving biters that come out during the daytime to feed, unlike most other species that feed at dusk and dawn.
Often referred to as the common house mosquito, these mosquitoes are the most common species living in urban and suburban areas. They lay their eggs in standing water or on plants or the ground in flood-prone areas.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are very dangerous pests. In developing and tropical countries, mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting malaria and other diseases that kill or debilitate millions of people every year. In the United States, they spread diseases like West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, Zika, and chikungunya. Mosquitoes are also responsible for spreading canine heartworm to our pets, which is a parasite that is a major concern in our area and, without treatment, can be life-threatening.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
The most common reason that mosquitoes live and breed in large numbers on a property is because there are areas of standing water where females lay their eggs. Properties located near ponds, lakes, drainage ditches, marshes, and other areas of standing water often see large populations of mosquitoes; however, it is important to understand that any property can have problems with mosquitoes. Any container collecting water – even the top of a soda can – can act as a breeding site for these insects! Mosquitoes thrive in the hot, humid weather that Central Maryland provides throughout much of the spring, summer, and early fall seasons.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are outdoor pests that can travel up to 20 miles in search of food, so the reality is mosquitoes can make their way onto almost any property. Mosquitoes rest during the day in areas of tall grass, dense vegetation, along fence lines, under trees, behind tree bark, and under decks and porches. They are not indoor pests, but they will sometimes find their way inside while searching for food, getting in through open windows and doors.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
The best way to eliminate current problems with mosquitoes and prevent future ones is to partner with Royal Greens, Inc. Our experienced technicians are always reliable, honest, friendly, and willing to work with our customers to solve their unique pest control problems. We provide the services necessary to ensure long-term results to your pest problems here in Maryland. We get rid of mosquitoes and other pests with the help of our effective home pest control services in Central Maryland. Our professionals know all about mosquitoes, as well as how to keep them off of your property and out of your home. To protect your Central Maryland home from ants, contact Royal Greens today!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
In addition to our professional services, the following prevention tips will help avoid problems with mosquitoes:
Maintain gutters and downspouts to prevent water from pooling in and around them.
Regularly empty and refill pet water dishes, baby pools, and birdbaths.
Fix low-lying areas in your lawn or driveway that collect rainwater.
Keep windows and doors closed.
Keep grass cut short.
Make sure door and window screens are without rips or tears.
Store containers that can collect water upside down when not in use.
Limit the amount of flowering vegetation planted near your home’s exterior.
Pick up any trash or debris from your property and place it in trash containers with lids.