Mosquitoes are insects belonging to the order Diptera and the family Culicidae. Mosquitoes undergo complete metamorphosis. They begin their lives as eggs laid in, near, on on the surface of water. After hatching, the aquatic larvae feed, grow, and eventually pupate into adults.
Females must take at least one blood meal after they emerge from pupation before they can produce eggs. Male mosquitoes cannot pierce the skin or draw blood. They live on fruit and plant juices.
The mosquito on the right belongs to the genus Culex, which is most closely associated with the transmission of the West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, and other arboviral encephalitides.
Two other genera of mosquitoes are also of public health importance: genus Anopheles, whose members are associated with the transmission of malaria; and genus Aedes, whose members are known to transmit yellow fever, dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever, heartworm in dogs and cats, and several forms of encephalitis.
Mosquito control begins with habitat modification. Because mosquitoes breed in water, you can help reduce mosquito populations by going around your property and correcting standing water problems, including doing such simple things as:
- Storing buckets, pails, and kiddie pools upside-down when not in use
- Changing water in birdbaths frequently
- Correcting poor drainage conditions that cause puddling
When non-chemical methods aren't enough, contact ALLGone Services for a monthly mosquito control program that treats all areas on your property where mosquitoes are found: In bushes, shaded areas of your lawn, trees, etc., to reduce mosquito populations and make your use of your yard more enjoyable.
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