Mosquitoes can be a huge nuisance to homeowners and business owners, especially during the warmer months of the year. Premier Pest Control provides residential and commercial mosquito control in Central and South Side Virginia.
Did you know?
- Female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite, the males, do NOT bite.
- There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes.
- Mosquito is a Spanish word and means “little fly”.
- Mosquitoes don't have teeth.
- A mosquito drinks blood, this we know, but did you know it can consume three times its weight?
- When female mosquitoes lay eggs, they can lay up to 300 eggs at a time.
- The first 10 days of a Mosquitoes life is spent in water.
- Mosquitoes do hibernate.
- The average mosquito only lives about 2 months.
- Mosquitoes have six legs.
- Male mosquitoes use the sound of their wings to locate females.
- Mosquitoes don’t fly far or fast.
- Mosquitoes will generally stay under 25 feet when they fly
- Human breath is detectable by mosquitoes.
- A humans’ sweat helps mosquitoes find their victims.
- Mosquitoes use body heat to find their target.
- Mosquitoes will eat both day and night.
- Mosquitoes have been in existence since the dinosaur era.
- The bumps left behind from mosquito bites are actually caused by saliva.
- Malaria is a disease caused by mosquitoes.
- West Nile virus came to the U.S. in 1999.
- Mosquitoes do not transmit HIV.
- Mosquitoes are considered the deadliest “animal” in the world due to the diseases that they carry.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing.
- Most bats do not eat mosquitoes. In Virginia, the brown bat does and can eat up to 600 mosquitoes an hour!
- Dragonflies and fish are the main two predators that feed on mosquitoes.
- Bug zappers are no defense against the mosquitoes.
- People in Virginia can acquire the Zika virus through the bite of an infected mosquito, while traveling to an area where the virus is circulating.
- The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. However, the two main mosquitoes that carry it are the yellow fever mosquito and the Asian tiger mosquito.
- Both of these mosquito species are prevalent in Virginia, with Asian tiger mosquitoes being the most common. Therefore, there is a risk of Zika virus being imported into Virginia and being transmitted by local mosquitoes during mosquito season.
Mosquito Control in Virginia:
- Mosquito season begins in May in Virginia and there is potential for our local Yellow fever mosquitoes and Asian tiger mosquitoes to become infected with the Zika virus.
- These two mosquito species are different from most other mosquito species in Virginia because they fly and bite during daylight hours. They will enter homes through open doors and windows and bite indoors.
- These two species are also different from other species because they lay their eggs exclusively in containers of water whereas the other mosquitoes lay their eggs in “ground” bodies of water such as puddles, flooded ditches, ponds or streams.
- Control and prevention for the yellow fever mosquito and the Asian tiger mosquito are different tactics than what is normally used for other mosquito populations.
Mosquito control and prevention requires:
- Thorough inspections of residential and/or commercial properties to find, eliminate, dump, and/or treat the containers of water that these mosquitoes laid their eggs in.
- Spraying aerosol fogs onto the leaves of shrubs, hedges and other vegetation or structures where these mosquitoes are located.
- Spraying a residual insecticide barrier on the leaves of shrubs, hedges, and other low vegetation.
- Maintaining screens on all home/building windows and doors to prevent entry.