Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes in Florida

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes (from the Portuguese meaning "small fly") are a common flying insect in the family Culicid that is found in Gainesville, Tampa, Jacksonville, and throughout Florida, as well as around the world. There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes. They have a pair of scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body and six long legs.  Mosquitoes go through four stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The first three stages are aquatic and last 5–14 days, depending on the species and the ambient temperature. The adult females can live up to a month (or more in captivity) but most probably do not live more than 1–2 weeks in nature.

Why do I have mosquitoes?

Any source of standing water on your property will attract mosquitoes as they require this element to breed.  They also prefer dark places like trees, grass and shrubs.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

While male mosquitoes survive by sucking on nectar and other plant juices, female mosquitoes bite humans and animals in order to gain the protein necessary for her eggs.  This has made them the deadliest disease vector known, killing millions of people over thousands of years and continuing to kill millions per year by the spread of infectious diseases.  They are the most common carriers of malaria and West Nile Virus.  In fact, they are responsible for more human deaths than any other living creature.  The welt that appears after a mosquito bite is an allergic reaction to the saliva that is injected into your skin to prevent your blood from clotting.  

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes are born every day making it impossible to completely get rid of these insects.  You can reduce the instances of mosquito bites and breeding areas by contacting McCall Service.  Our Mosquito Remediation services are designed to decrease and prevent mosquito activity around your property.

How soon can you get here?

At McCall Service we take all pest problems seriously and are committed to helping you as soon as possible.  In most cases we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Preventing mosquito problems can be a tricky task and is one best left to the professionals at McCall Service.  If your home or property has been taken over by these biting insects, please contact us today.

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