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What do mosquitoes look like?

mosquito feeding on a human arm in wilmington yard

Mosquito larvae can be found living and developing in areas of still, standing water. They have a large head and thorax, and a worm-like abdomen. The mosquito larvae move throughout the water in a distinctive wiggly manner. Adult mosquitoes have very narrow bodies, long thin legs, transparent wings, and long proboscises that they use to draw liquids from their food sources. They are fairly small in size, growing to be between 1/4 and 3/8th of an inch in length; their bodies are gray with white stripes on their abdomen and are covered in iridescent scales that are silver, green, or blue.

Where are mosquitoes found?

Areas of standing water attract large populations of mosquitoes. This is because areas of standing water, either small or large, are where the females lay their eggs and the larvae develop into adults. Examples of standing water that attract mosquitoes include:

  • The edges found along streams, lakes, and ponds
  • Wading pools
  • Old tires
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Piles of trash
  • Bird baths
  • Clogged gutters
  • Tarps

Mosquitoes are most active in the spring, summer, and early fall months. While some species of mosquitoes are active all day long, others can be found resting in tall grasses and dense vegetation during the day when it’s hot out. They leave their hiding spots to feed at both dawn and dusk.

What do mosquitoes eat?

Both male and female mosquitoes feed on plant nectar and plant juices. However, it is only the female that bites in order to feed on blood; she requires the protein that is found in blood to create her eggs. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance, they can carry and transmit a good number of diseases and pathogens to both people and animals; examples include the West Nile virus, the Zika virus, Chikungunya fever, canine heartworm, and malaria.

DIY mosquito prevention and control tips

Mosquitoes live and breed outside and are constantly traveling to find food sources. Because of this, it is impossible to completely eradicate mosquitoes from your property. The good news is that there are some things that you can do to make your property less appealing to these biting insects.

  • Reduce and/or completely eliminate areas of standing water on your property - check your home’s gutters and down spouts to make sure that they are not clogged, and store buckets, empty pet dishes, wading pools, and wheelbarrows upside down when they are not in use. Shake off water that collects on tarps that are covering objects on your property.

  • Have the trash picked up from your property on a regular basis. Make sure that trash cans have tight fitting lids on them.

  • Keep grass cut short, and cut back vegetation from the edges of your property.

  • Reduce the amount of flowering landscaping that you have planted near your home.

  • Keep doors and windows shut and make sure that screens are completely intact.

  • Caulk gaps found around windows and doors.

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