Mosquito Identification & Prevention
What You Need To Know About Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are pests that can find their way into any of our Jersey City backyards. These insects thrive in warm, humid climates, which means, in our region, these insects are most problematic in the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Use this guide to learn more about these unwanted pests and how to control populations of mosquitoes in Jersey City.
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What are mosquitoes?
The mosquito is a type of small biting fly. These insects are prolific breeders that take over our outdoor spaces and ruin people’s ability to spend time outside.
These winged insects have a narrow oval body that is usually gray and sometimes covered in iridescent scales. Some species have white markings on their legs and abdomen. Other identifying physical features include feather-like antennae, long thin legs, and a long piercing mouthpart known as a proboscis. Their proboscis allows mosquitoes to feed on liquids.
Plant nectar and other sweet liquids are the primary food sources for male and female mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes also must supplement their diet with blood meals to get the nutrients they require to produce healthy eggs.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Though mosquitoes are tiny and their frail bodies are easily crushed, they are considered one of the world’s most dangerous animals. They are vectors of many diseases and parasites that cause serious illness and death worldwide.
While the spread of disease by mosquitoes in the United States isn’t as severe as in other parts of the world, it is still a concern. Therefore, limiting your contact with them is always best. Diseases and parasites that mosquito bites spread include:
- West Nile virus
- Eastern equine encephalitis
- Parasitic heartworms (dogs and cats)
On a day-to-day basis, mosquitoes are annoying pests. They swarm us in large numbers, deliver itchy bites, and limit the time we can comfortably spend outside.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
You will find mosquitoes living in large numbers in areas that provide the females with breeding sites. Female mosquitoes like to lay their eggs on top of areas of standing water.
Common breeding sites in backyards include low-lying areas, wading pools, containers such as buckets, wheelbarrows, and plant pots, pet water bowls, clogged gutters, and drainage ditches.
Mosquito populations tend to increase after periods of rainfall when there are plentiful amounts of standing water for the females to lay their eggs. The more standing water that collects on or near your property, the more issues you will have with mosquitoes.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes find their way to outdoor spaces offering food, breeding sites, and daytime resting spots. These pests tend to be most problematic in wooded areas and outdoor spaces with a lot of grass and other vegetation. These biting pests frequently overrun Jersey City backyards, parks, athletic fields, and walking trails.
The majority of mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. During the day's heat, they try to escape the sun by resting in shade areas. Tall grass, weeds, decks, trees, woodpiles, and yard debris are popular mosquito resting spots.
Mosquitoes are primarily outdoor pests, but like other species of flies, they will enter our homes through open windows and doors.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Partnering with Bayonne Exterminating and implementing our effective mosquito control services is the best way to control populations of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are flying outdoor pests and are frustrating to keep out of our backyards. By working together, we can significantly reduce the presence of mosquitoes on your property. Our mosquito treatments will ensure that you and your family can enjoy your backyard.
We offer quality home pest control and commercial pest control services you can depend on to meet the needs of your family and property. Learn more about mosquito control in Jersey City by reaching out and speaking to one of our helpful professionals.
How do I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
The following mosquito prevention tips will help make your property a less suitable habitat for mosquitoes.
- Take away popular daytime resting spots by keeping grass cut short, regularly pruning trees and shrubs, and removing yard debris.
- Reduce breeding sites on your property by eliminating as many areas of standing water as possible.
- Store containers like plant pots and buckets that collect rainwater upside down or inside when they aren’t in use.
- Keep rain gutters clear of debris that can collect rainwater.
- Don’t overwater garden areas.
- Plant plants that keep mosquitoes away around outdoor seating and eating areas, including marigolds, citronella, and lemongrass.
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