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Mosquito Identification & Prevention

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are insects that belong to the order Diptera, and are a type of true fly. Like other true flies, they have two wings; unlike other flies, however, mosquito wings have scales. Mosquitoes are gray, black, or brown, and some have white, silver, green, or blue scales covering their bodies. Their bodies are narrow and oval shaped, with adults growing to about 1/4 of an inch in length. Female mosquitoes bite people and animals to obtain a blood meal in order to get the protein they need to create viable eggs. 

a mosquito on human skin

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are dangerous pests because they can spread diseases and parasites through their bites. Also, mosquito bites cause red itchy welts to develop. The more sensitive a person is to mosquito saliva, the itchier the bites will be. Their feeding habits and ability to swarm in large numbers cause mosquitoes to drive people indoors.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

In Honolulu, the warm, humid weather allows mosquitoes to thrive. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. When the larvae hatch from the eggs, they remain in the water until they develop into adults. Properties with or located near standing water or that have plenty of tree cover tend to have high populations of mosquitoes on them.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

You will find that mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn when the weather is the coolest. During the middle of the day, they escape the heat by hiding in tall grass, behind tree bark, under tree canopies, in dense shrubbery, and under decks.

Mosquitoes often swarm around areas where water pools, such as trash cans, flowerpots, clogged gutters, low-lying areas in driveways, wading pools, and wheelbarrows, and buckets. Mosquitoes are outdoor pests but do sometimes find their way inside through open windows and doors while searching for food.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

If you have discovered mosquitoes in your yard or home, the best way to get rid of them and prevent them from returning, is to reach out to Able Pest Management, LLC. Our team will come to your aid and develop a pest control program that is customized to meet the unique needs of your home and family.

Our highly trained and experienced professionals are passionate about eliminating pests through our proven treatment methods. If you are looking for exceptional pest control for your Honolulu home or business, reach out to Able Pest Management today!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Keep mosquitoes out of your Honolulu home and away from your family with the help of Able Pest Management and the following mosquito prevention tips:

  • Store containers that collect water upside down when not in use.

  • Fill any low-lying areas in your driveway or yard.

  • Keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris to prevent water from pooling in them.

  • Keep the grass on your property cut short.

  • Cut back overgrown trees on your property.

  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation planted on your property.

  • Keep windows and doors shut as much as possible, and make sure that screens are intact.

 

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