With all the fears of the various dangers and threats posed by mosquito’s today, it is very important to know the facts about the number one deadliest animal in the world.
Predominantly only the female mosquito will bite for the purpose of harvesting blood to start their reproductive cycle. Currently there are over 3,500 known species in the world with 175 species of Mosquito’s that are prevalent throughout the United States, but for the El Paso Area the following are the most common:
This species of mosquito is identifiable as being a small, dark mosquito with white lyre shaped markings with white bands on the legs and is the primary carrier of not only Zika , but Dengue, Chikungunya, and Yellow Fever . This mosquito has a life span of about 3 weeks. They lay their eggs in water containing organic material such as decaying leaves. They are active during the day and are most active 2 hours after sunrise, as well as several hours before sunset. On occasion they are active at night in well-lit areas. This mosquito is a master of biting people without being noticed as it approaches from behind and typically bites around the ankles and elbows.
This species of mosquito is identifiable as being a small, dark mosquito with a solid white dorsal stripe and white bands on the legs. It is the primary carrier of West Nile Virus, Dog Heartworm Parasites, Dengue, and various strains of encephalitis . This mosquito is a very resilient mosquito and its eggs are able to survive through the winter, making it difficult to control. It has a life span of 3 weeks and lays its eggs on the inner sides of any water-holding surface. They are active during the day and are most active in the early morning and late afternoon. This mosquito is an aggressive hunter with a rapid bite and will bite any exposed skin surface.
This species of mosquito is identifiable as being a medium sized mosquito that typically has a dark brown body with white stripes and a light brown head. It is the primary carrier of Encephalitis, but is also known to carry West Nile. They are active during the night and tend to fly long to medium distances to areas with standing water. They are not aggressive biters but will bite any exposed skin surface. The females are capable of laying several thousand eggs in its short lifetime of only 1 week, and the eggs can hatch in as little 10 days.
As scary as these mosquito's sound, knowing more about this pest along with a few things that you can do to assist in stopping them from breeding will keep them from causing discomfort to you and your family. The following are a few guidelines to follow.
• Be sure to remove any standing water, even small amounts of water collected in a small dish or piece of trash can be home to hundreds of mosquito eggs and larvae. A single female mosquito can lay upwards of 300 eggs at a time. The cycle from egg to flying adult takes no more than 10 days.
• Be sure to keep grass short, and try to prevent weed growth / unwanted vegetation. Keep your trees and shrubs pruned and bases free from old dead leaf clippings or trash as these areas are perfect mosquito breeding grounds.
• Mosquito's are most active in temperatures above 80 degrees. However they will not enter into hibernation until temperatures fall below 50 degrees. Meaning for Desert environments mosquito's can be active for up to 8 months a year.
• Mosquito's are attracted to dark clothing, sweat, as well as our breath. They are drawn to the CO2 that is released from our mouths when we exhale.
• When being outdoors during mosquito season it is recommended to wear a repellent with DEET. A product containing a 10% mix of DEET will keep mosquito's away for up to 90 minutes.
Of course with all this information and knowledge, there are professional products and services that can be offered to assist in the controlling of the mosquito’s and keep them at bay. Call Delta Pest Control and Lawn Service today to get a free estimate for a complete mosquito control solution all season long.