What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are small flies that have the knack for driving people crazy. They swarm in large numbers, bite, and leave behind red itchy welts. An interesting fact about mosquitoes is that only the females bite; males only feed on plant nectar. While the females also feed on plant nectar, they also require blood meals to create healthy eggs.
Mosquitoes have an elongated oval shape, are brown or black, and some may have white markings. They have two scale-covered wings that create a buzzing sound as they fly and six very long thin legs.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Female mosquitoes feed directly from their human and animal hosts using their proboscis; an elongated, piercing mouthpart. As they move from host to host to consume their blood meals, they will acquire and transmit various diseases that can cause serious illnesses. While not every mosquito that bites you will convey a disease, mosquitoes can transmit dengue and chikungunya here in Hawaii. We always advise you to limit contact with mosquitoes as much as possible.
Mosquitoes are also unwanted on our properties because being constantly bitten by these pests when trying to spend time outside is unpleasant. In addition, their bites are quite itchy, and scratching at the bite sites can lead to secondary infections.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes are a problem anywhere with warm temperatures, plenty of rainfall, and standing water; Hawaii has all three. Mosquitoes are mainly outdoor pests, but they'll sometimes end up in our homes by moving inside through open windows or doors or torn screens.
Females mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of standing water or in areas where standing water will eventually pool. The more breeding sites (areas of standing water) you have on or near your property, the more of a problem you will have with mosquitoes.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
During the heat of the day, many mosquitoes will find shady areas to rest within. Some of their favorite hiding spots include:
- Under tree canopies
- With areas of dense vegetation
- Under decks
- Within woodpiles
- In tall grass
Mosquitoes are also going to be found in large numbers swarming near breeding sites. Examples of breeding sites include:
- Flower pots or buckets
- Wading pools
- Pet water dishes
- Low-lying areas that collect rainwater
- Clogged gutters
- The tops of tarps or trash can lids
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
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By using up-to-date products, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy pest-free environment for all our customers. We offer a full range of customizable pest control and remediation services to successfully reduce mosquito populations.
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How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Mosquitoes are outdoor pests and difficult for anyone to control or eliminate. However, the following tips will help make your Hawaii home and property less attractive to these pests:
- Reduce areas of standing water from around your property by filling in low-lying areas and keeping gutters clear of debris that can collect rainwater.
- Clear out dense or overgrown shrubbery, bushes, trees, grass, and weeds.
- Keep the grass cut short.
- Store buckets and other containers that collect water upside down when using them to prevent them from collecting rainwater.
- Regularly empty and refill wading pools and pet water dishes.
- Prevent them from moving into your home by keeping doors and windows closed. Make sure screens are intact.
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