Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are one of the most common flying insects in the world and can be found right here in Florida. There are nearly 3,500 species of mosquito. These insects have scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body, and six long legs. They go through a four-stage life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The first three stages of the mosquito’s life are aquatic and typically will last between five and 14 days, depending on the species and ambient temperature. Adult females may live up to a month (or longer in captivity), but most mosquitoes do not live more than one to two weeks in nature.

Why do I have mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes can be found anywhere that there is standing water, as it is necessary for them to breed. They will also thrive near dark places such as trees, grass, and shrubs.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Male mosquitoes survive on nectar and plant juices, but female mosquitoes require protein they get from feeding on humans and animals to lay their eggs. Because of this, mosquitoes are one of the most deadly disease vectors known to humans. They kill millions of people each year by spreading infectious diseases including malaria, West Nile virus, and Zika virus. The welt that appears after a mosquito has bitten you is actually an allergic reaction to their saliva, which they inject into your skin to prevent blood from clotting.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

The bad news is that hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes are born every day, which makes it impossible to completely eradicate them. You can, however, reduce the instance of mosquito bites and breeding areas by calling McCall Service. Our mosquito remediation services can help decrease and prevent mosquito activity around your property.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Preventing a mosquito problem entirely may not be possible, but there are plenty of things you can do to try and keep them at bay. Be sure to empty any vessels of standing water around your home, landscaping, or backyard—including bird baths, wheelbarrows, and inflatable swimming pools. For even more help ridding your home of mosquitoes, contact McCall Service today.contact McCall Service today.

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