There are 176 recognized mosquito species buzzing around the US, but they all appear to have the same tendencies - breeding, biting, and feeding. While males tend to feed on nectar and sugar sources, females seem to opt for blood to promote their reproductive processes.
Adult mosquitoes average about a half-inch in length, but some species can get much larger depending on their food source and habitat conditions. Either way, they can put a damper on your outdoor leisure time and even slip indoors surreptitiously.
What Attracts Mosquitoes?
Believe it or not, your yard and outdoor decorations may actually be inviting mosquitoes into your life. Standing water is the primary breeding ground for mosquitoes, and even something as small as a water bowl for your pets can serve as their nesting grounds. Standing leaves, clogged gutters and drains, piles of leaves, and tarps that shelter your outdoor items from the elements can allow water to stand, creating a home for these pests.
The Dangers of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are more than just annoying, and their bites can cause more than just painful, itchy whelps on the skin. These pests are actually one of the world’s most aggressive transmitters of diseases, many of which can prove deadly to both humans and pets. With 750,000 deaths annually due to mosquito-borne illnesses, according to Smithsonian Magazine and the Bill Gates Foundation, “No other species, including our own, is responsible for the loss of as many human lives each year as mosquitoes are.”
Just a few diseases transmitted by mosquito bites include:
- West Nile Virus
- Zika Virus
- Yellow and Dengue Fever
- Heartworm in Pets
How ARD Helps Eliminate Mosquitoes
Our professional pest control experts at ARD in Columbia, SC can help you control mosquitoes through an integrated effort of source reduction and a chemical treatment plan. Our friendly staff will tour your property, identify the types of mosquitoes plaguing you, and then help you eliminate any potential breeding areas as a first step.
Put our 40 years of experience to work for you and your family. Contact ARD Pest Control today.