What are mosquitoes?

We all have had to deal with mosquitoes and their relentless bites at one time or another. But, do you know what exactly a mosquito is?

Mosquitoes are small flies, and like other flies, they only have one pair of wings. Mosquitoes can fly some distance, but they are weak fliers and can easily be blown off course by a slight breeze. Mosquitoes have six thin legs that dangle below them when they fly and an elongated mouthpart called a proboscis. The females use their proboscis to pierce the skin of their hosts and suck out their blood. Females and males also use the proboscis to feed on plant nectar, their primary source of nutrition!

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are dangerous; the diseases they spread through their feeding habits pose significant consequences to both people and animals. In fact, these frail pests are among the most deadly creatures on the planet because of diseases like malaria that they spread worldwide.

In New York, mosquitoes spread the West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and dengue fever. Reducing contact with mosquitoes helps to reduce your chance of acquiring one of the dangerous diseases these pests are responsible for spreading.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are attracted to any space with standing water that female mosquitoes can use as a breeding site. Anything from the top of a tarp to an old tire to a trash can lid to clogged gutters can provide mosquitoes with the standing water they need to continue their life cycle.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

You will find that mosquitoes in New York are most active in the spring, summer, and early fall when there is a lot of humidity and temperatures are at their warmest. The more standing water available, the more mosquitoes will be present. Through mosquitoes can fly distances searching for food, most tend to stay close to where they hatch.

During the middle of the day, mosquitoes like to avoid direct sunlight and rest in areas that provide shade like tall grass, shrubbery, weeds, woodpiles, and spaces under decks.

Since both males and females feed on plant nectar, mosquitoes are regularly found in garden areas and near other areas of flowering vegetation.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are prolific breeders that swarm our New York yards. The most stress-free way to keep these pests from taking over your property is to partner with a professional that offers effective mosquito control services.

At PDF Finest Pest Management, we will provide you with the high-quality services necessary to keep mosquitoes at bay. With the help of our professionals and our monthly treatments performed from mid-May through October or November, we will work with you to keep these biting pests from stopping you from enjoying your yard. Contact us today to learn more about mosquito control in Long Island and New York City!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

The best way to stop a mosquito infestation is to partner with a professional that can provide regular pest control services. In addition, it is essential to limit as many breeding sites on your property as possible by getting rid of areas of standing water. Doing things like storing containers upside down, maintaining your family’s pool, repairing leaky outdoor fixtures, and fixing leaky air conditioners can go a long way in reducing mosquito activity on your property.