Mosquito

Category:

Actual Size:  ⅛” to ⅜”

Characteristics: Gray to black; some having white, green or blue markings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: They are found in standing water sources such as ponds, rain gutters, storm drains, old tires, children’s wading pools, and birdbaths.

Habits:

  • Mosquitoes rest during the day and are most active at dusk and dawn.
  • All mosquitoes have a large slender mouthpart called a proboscis.
  • Infamously known for the dangerous diseases they can transmit worldwide.

Mosquitoes in Virginia

There are about 200 different species of mosquitoes found throughout the United States, with habitats ranging from deserts at or below sea level to mountain meadows with elevations of 10,000 feet or higher. Mosquitoes are infamous for being one of the world’s most dangerous pests. They are known for their bites, which will leave most people with red itchy welts that go away in time. However, they are also responsible for the transmission of some of the world’s deadliest diseases. These include malaria, West Nile, and Zika virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people every year, mostly from malaria.

Mosquito Habitat

Mosquitoes need a source of standing water to live and breed. Most commonly, these pests are found around marshes and lakes. However, they will gladly infest any yard that provides a half-inch of standing water to breed. This means they have been found breeding and laying eggs in kiddie pools, metal buckets, flower pots, and any object that collects rainwater or excess water from irrigation systems. Because of their ability to infest different areas in your yard, it is extremely important for Virginia homeowners to regularly check their property for containers that could be collecting water. By eliminating their breeding grounds, you can avoid dealing with a mosquito problem!

Mosquito Behaviors, Threats or Dangers

Most mosquito species require a blood meal before they can reproduce a batch of eggs. Many people and animals are bitten by mosquitoes with no side effects except the typical itchy welt. However, it’s always a threat that mosquitoes can transmit viruses and diseases. Most people infected with mosquito-transmitted viruses show no symptoms or only mild, flu-like symptoms that may not result in a visit to the doctor. However, severe symptoms following infection occur in a small percentage of people. Mosquitoes are also responsible for transmitting heartworm in dogs.

If you think you have a mosquito infestation in your Virginia property, it’s always important to call your local mosquito exterminator.