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Mosquito Identification

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are tiny flies that take over our St. Louis outdoor spaces every summer. They swarm around the heads of adults, kids, and our pets, the females consuming the blood meals they require to create healthy, viable eggs.

The primary food source for both male and female mosquitoes is plant nectar. In order to feed either on blood or nectar, mosquitoes use the same tool; their elongated, piercing mouthpart called a proboscis.

Mosquitoes have tiny oval bodies, long thin legs, and two scale-covered wings. When mosquitoes are swarming around you, you usually hear them before you see them. They beat their wings very quickly, creating a characteristic buzzing sound.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Though mosquitoes live a short life (adults not eaten by predators live only between two to four weeks), they greatly impact the people and animals they live near. Mosquitoes live worldwide and are vectors for many pathogens that cause serious illnesses, including:

  • West Nile virus
  • Chikungunya
  • Dengue
  • Encephalitis

Mosquitoes are not just a threat to people; they are also a threat to our pets. Mosquitoes transmit parasitic heartworm to dogs and cats through their bites. If you don't seek medical treatment, heartworm disease can become a serious and life-threatening condition.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are most problematic during the summer season when humidity levels are high, and there are warm temperatures and plenty of standing water. Mosquito numbers are high on any property located near stagnant or standing water. Females mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of standing water, and the larvae develop into adults in the same water.

Properties close to ponds, drainage ditches, wooded areas, low-lying areas, or lots of dense vegetation provide mosquitoes with habitats that allow their populations to develop quickly.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes can be active any time of the day, morning, noon, or night; you could become a mosquito's next meal. However, most mosquitoes are active at dawn or dusk and rest during the day's heat to escape the direct sun. Some of their favorite resting spots are areas that provide them with shade and moisture, under trees or decks, in tall grass or weeds, and in piles of wood or construction debris.

Mosquitoes are also found in large numbers swarming around their breeding sights, areas of standing water. Favorite mosquito breeding sites in most of our yards include:

  • Tree stumps or tree hollows
  • Water that collects in containers like buckets, flower pots, trash cans, or wheelbarrows
  • Ponds, pools, or other water features
  • Clogged gutters
  • Overwatered gardens or flowerbeds
  • Yard debris like leaf piles or grass piles

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Get rid of large populations of mosquitoes from your St. Louis property with the help of the local pest professionals at Roberts Pest Control. At Roberts Pest Control, we are passionate about developing pest control solutions that will meet your family's needs. To make it possible for you to enjoy your backyard without constantly being bitten by mosquitoes, we have developed an effective St. Louis mosquito control program.

Our professionals will treat all trees and foliage monthly when you choose our seasonal services and use a larvicide to treat wet areas and reduce mosquito breeding sites on your property. Partner with the company that offers common-sense solutions; partner with Roberts Pest Control. To learn more about our effective mosquito control services, contact us today!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Take the time to make changes around your St. Louis yard to make it less attractive to mosquitoes. Below is a list of our most helpful mosquito prevention tips.

  • Make sure things like old tires, buckets, toys, and trash cans in your yard aren't collecting water and creating areas of stagnant water that mosquitoes can use as breeding sites.
  • Fill in low-lying areas on your property that will allow rainwater to puddle in your yard.
  • Regularly empty and refill things like wading pools, birdbaths, and pet water bowls.
  • Keep your grass cut short and shrubs cut back.
  • Never prop open your doors, and make sure windows and doors have secure screens in place to keep these biting pests out of your home.