Mosquitoes
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Mosquitoes

What types of mosquitoes are in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi?

Mosquitoes, despite their small size and fragile nature, are considered some of the most dangerous pests living across the world. Their high level of danger is due to the fact that they feed on the blood of a wide range of hosts and have the ability to spread a variety of diseases to both people and animals. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood, as they need the protein it provides to create their eggs. Both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar and pollen as their main food source.

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  • Asian tiger mosquitoes
    Asian tiger mosquitoes received their name from the black and white “tiger-striped” pattern found on their bodies. They can also be identified by a white stripe running down the middle of their heads and white banding found around their long, thin legs.
  • Aedes aegypti mosquitoes
    Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have a dark brown to black abdomen and white scales on their thorax that forms a violin-like pattern. These mosquitoes have white bands on the tarsal segments of each of their hind legs that create a stripe-like pattern.

How do mosquitoes gain access?

Mosquitoes are pests that spend their lives living and breeding outside. They do not typically seek indoor shelter. However, while out foraging for food sources, they do find their way inside homes. Mosquitoes typically gain access to area homes through spaces around windows, tears in screens, or through open windows and doors.

Where do mosquitoes hide?

Mosquitoes are most active during the cooler parts of the day, at dusk and dawn. During the heat of the day, mosquitoes can be found resting in a variety of spots. Some of their most favorite hiding spots include tall grasses, dense vegetation, and underneath trees and shrubs.

Mosquitoes require a water source to lay their eggs on. They can be found gathering around tree cavities, garbage, old tires, clogged gutters, low-lying ditches, and other similar areas.

What are the signs of mosquitoes?

To determine if mosquitoes are nesting or breeding on your property, be on the lookout for the following signs:

  • Seeing swarms of mosquitoes flying around your property at dusk and dawn.
  • Hearing the loud buzzing sounds that a mosquito swarm produces.
  • If mosquitoes have bitten you, raised, red welts will develop. Their bites are usually quite itchy.
  • Finding the presence of wriggling mosquito larvae in areas of standing water on your property.

Mosquito Prevention Tips

There are a few things you can do to try and prevent mosquitoes from getting into your home:

  • Seal cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation and exterior walls.
  • Keep doors and windows shut as much as possible.
  • Repair holes in door or window screens.
  • Repair any leaky outdoor pipes, fixtures, or clogged gutters.
  • Remove standing water from your property.

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