Mosquito Identification & Prevention Guide

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes have narrow, oval-shaped bodies with long legs that hang down during flight and long, thin mouthparts (proboscises) that they use for feeding. These insects have one pair of wings covered in fine hairs. Their exact color and color pattern depends on their species, but most mosquitoes are black or black and white. Although plant nectar is the mosquito's primary food source, females will also feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals in order to obtain the required protein they need to create viable eggs. These insects are prolific breeders and thrive in warm, wet weather. Under ideal weather conditions, mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in a week or less.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are vectors of serious diseases that can make people and animals very ill. While not every mosquito harbors or spreads disease, it is vital to limit your exposure to them. These blood-sucking insects spread illnesses such as encephalitis, West Nile virus, and Zika virus. Along with the health risks, these pests are well known for driving people indoors and having large populations of mosquitoes living and breeding on your property will make it impossible to enjoy your outdoor space with family and friends.

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