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About Mosquitos: Where do they come from, how do they breed, and why are they pests?

Mosquitos are one of the most common pests that people encounter. How much do you know about them and why they are such a pervasive nuisance?

Mosquitos are an entire family of small flies. Not all mosquitos bite or suck blood. Most actually prefer plant juices or nectar, but
 the adult females of many species have a specialized needle-like proboscis that they use to puncture the skin and drain out blood to help them grow their eggs. The blood loss is so tiny that it has almost no effect on you, but the proboscis is coated in an irritating saliva that causes the itchy raised bumps around the bite location.

Small Pest Packs A Punch

For most people in the United States, the annoying whine and itchy bite are the only ways mosquitos affect us. However, they can also be one of the deadliest disease vectors in human history. They famously carry and transmit dangerous diseases like Malaria, West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, and Dengue Fever. Some of these diseases, which used to only affect people visiting or living in tropical climates, have spread to the US in recent years. This makes mosquitos much more than just a pest – they can be a dangerous health hazard.

Controlling your mosquito problem - source reduction, biocontrol, and treatment options

The best way to eliminate mosquitos is to discover where they are breeding and eliminate them at the source. They require stagnant or still water to lay their eggs. They can use water anywhere from a teaspoon of water in a container to a bird bath . And since a female mosquito can lay up to 200 eggs in her short lifetime, a single breeding pair can cause a population explosion of thousands in a very short time. Reducing their potential sources can be as simple as removing or repairing places where water can gather, like discarded plastic, old tires, buckets, and clogged rain gutters. 

In the past, people have tried various chemical sprays and other treatments to try to eliminate mosquitos, but the most effective thing is still to disrupt their breeding grounds. Their eggs and larvae have many natural predators, including dragonflies and many types of fish. A few carp, goldfish, or minnows in your pond can help to naturally cut down on the mosquito population. There are also more specialized treatments available, including treating water with BTI (bacillus thuringiensis israelensis), spores of a dead bacteria that are toxic to mosquito larvae but not humans or other animals.

Mosquito Protection with NOBLE PEST SERVICES

The NOBLE PEST SERVICES Mosquito Protection Program is designed to reduce the population of mosquitos on your property. Through specialized inspections, we can identify the harboring areas that these populations are at their worst. Then, we can design a protection program to treat these nesting and breeding sites around your property so you can better enjoy your yard. Our commitment to quality service and exceptional products is to protect the customer and the environment they live in. "A Name You Can Trust"