Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are parasitic insects and are closely related to flies. Females feed on the blood of people and animals to get the protein required to create their eggs. Plant nectar is both the male and female mosquito's main source of food. Adult mosquitoes have slender bodies, long legs, and narrow, hairy wings. They have extended, piercing mouthparts (proboscis) they use for piercing the skin of their host and to feed. Their coloring and patterns are species-specific, but most species are black, dark brown, or black and white.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are dangerous. They feed on a wide variety of hosts, which means they can pick up and transmit a wide variety of diseases and parasites. In the United States, mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting West Nile virus, encephalitis, and the Zika virus. They also infect dogs with potentially fatal parasitic heartworms. In developing and tropical countries they spread disease like malaria, yellow fever, and dengue fever, which harm or kill millions each year.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are attracted to properties that have standing water on them. Standing water is where most species of mosquitoes lay their eggs and where their larvae develop into adults. Additionally, environmental conditions like high rainfall and warm temperatures favor mosquito development. Both females and males feed on plant nectar and pollen as their main food sources. Properties with a lot of flowering plants and trees can attract populations of mosquitoes.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

During the heat of the day, mosquitoes hide out underneath trees, along fence lines, underneath decks, in heavy vegetation, and in tall grasses. At dawn and dusk, mosquitoes are seen swarming and searching for food. Mosquitoes are also found gathering around areas of standing water, in baby pools, bird baths, driveways, in the tops of trashcan lids, in flower pots and buckets, and in pet food dishes.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Partner with qualified pest control experts to control mosquito numbers on your property. At ProForce Pest Control, our knowledgeable and dedicated service professionals provide effective and guaranteed residential and commercial pest control services. We are committed to exceeding customer expectations and using innovative solutions to control mosquito numbers on Charlotte and the surrounding area's properties. To learn more about our mosquito control services, contact ProForce.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Doing the following can help to prevent large populations of mosquitoes from wanting to live on your Charlotte, North Carolina property:

  • Trim overgrown vegetation away from the exterior of your home.

  • Fill in low-lying areas on your property.

  • Maintain gutters.

  • Keep grass cut short.

  • Repair or replace torn window and door screens.

  • Place weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Reduce the number of flowering plants on your property.

  • Store wading pools, wheelbarrows, flower pots, baby pools, and other containers that collect water, upside down.

 

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