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What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes have a narrow, oval-shaped body. Their body is brown or black, and some species have white markings or iridescent scales. They are most well-known for their long thin legs and elongated proboscis (nose) that they use to feed. Males and females draw up nectar from plants as their primary source of food. Females use their proboscis to pierce the skin of people and animals to feed on their blood. They need blood meals to get the protein they need to create viable eggs. 

a mosquito on a leaf in baton rouge

Mosquitoes are flying insects that deliver painful bites. They are a pest that no one wants to come into contact with, but are, unfortunately, difficult to avoid. Mosquitoes live and breed outside and can turn any of our yards into their home.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Nobody wants to be repeatedly bitten by mosquitoes every time they step outside their door. Mosquitoes deliver relentless bites that leave behind raised, itchy red welts. Itching at the bite sites can cause a secondary infection that is especially prevalent in young kids.

The biggest concern with mosquitoes is their ability to spread diseases to both people and animals. One of the most common diseases that mosquitoes spread in the United States and Louisiana is the West Nile virus. They also spread other diseases such as Eastern equine encephalitis and the La Crosse virus.

Mosquitoes are carriers of parasitic heartworm that they infect dogs and cats with. The spread of heartworm disease is a significant concern due to the high number of mosquitoes in Louisiana. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition. Pets that live in Louisiana should be on a year-round heartworm preventative to protect them from this life-threatening disease. 

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

The warm, humid weather in Louisiana allows mosquitoes to be active throughout most of the year. But spring through the fall is when they are most active with the highest level of activity occurring in the late summer. Mosquitoes are the most prevalent when the weather is warm, and there is lots of rain. The more standing water there is around, the more breeding sites and the more mosquitoes there will be. 

Where will I find mosquiotes?

Females mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of standing water and often congregate around areas of standing water, such as mud puddles, clogged gutters, containers, heavily wood areas, woodpiles, pools, ponds, marshes, and ditches. Most mosquitoes stay close to where they hatch. Therefore, the more standing water on or near your property, the more problems with mosquitoes you will experience.

During the heat of the day, mosquitoes rest under tree canopies, decks, woodpiles, tall grass, and dense vegetation, all of which are in most of our yards. You’ll also find them around flowering plants and trees feeding on nectar. 

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Reduce the number of mosquitoes on your Louisiana residential or commercial property with the help of River City Termite & Pest Control. We offer personalized services you can count on to eliminate problems with pests and keep them from returning.

Get rid of mosquitoes from your property by reaching out to River City Termite & Pest Control. We are happy to work with you to ensure that your Baton Rouge area home or business is kept free of mosquitoes. To learn more about our home pest control or commercial pest control services, give us a call today!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Help keep mosquitoes out of your home with the help of the following, easy-to-implement mosquito prevention tips:

  • If there are containers on your property that are collecting water, dump them out and store them upside down until you need them next.
  • Repair low-lying areas in your yard or driveway that collect water.
  • Do not overwater potted plants or gardens.
  • If your own a pool, make sure to maintain it correctly and keep the water is circulating.
  • Keep biting mosquitoes out of your home by repairing torn screens and keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible.
  • Keep your lawn cut short and remove overgrown vegetation.
  • Do not plant flowering plants right next to the exterior of your home.
  • Mosquitoes are weak flyers; use outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes at bay when sitting outside on your deck or porch.
  • When walking in wooded areas, wear long sleeves and pants whenever possible.
  • Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk.
 

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