Mosquito Identification Guide

What are mosquitoes?

A type of fly-like insect, mosquitoes have narrow bodies with long, thin legs, and a pair of translucent wings. Most species of mosquitoes are dark brown or black, and some have white markings or iridescent scales covering their bodies.

a closeup of a mosquito on a green leaf

The most identifying feature of a mosquito is its elongated mouthpart, called proboscis. Females use their proboscises to pierce the skin of a person or animal and feed on its blood; both males and females use their proboscises to feed on plant nectar, which is their primary source of food.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

There is no question that mosquitoes are annoying and can ruin any time spent outdoors, but they are also dangerous. Mosquitoes feed on blood, allowing them to carry and transmit a wide variety of dangerous and potentially deadly diseases to people and animals. Mosquitoes can travel for several miles, increasing their ability to spread diseases to many people and animals.

In Georgia, mosquitoes spread West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and LaCrosse virus to people. The transmission of parasitic heartworms to our pets by mosquitoes is also a big threat in the Southern United States. A heartworm infestation can cause long-lasting health problems or even become fatal, especially for our dogs. 

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

First, it is important to know that you are not alone in your mosquito problem. Mosquitoes thrive in the hot, humid weather found throughout Central Georgia. Populations of mosquitoes are at their highest from April through October. The wetter the spring and summer, the more mosquitoes there will be. More rain equals more breeding sites for mosquitoes!

Many species of mosquitoes rest during the day. These biting insects tend to be most problematic for people at dawn or dusk when they are most active and seeking out blood meals. 

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes live and breed in almost any outdoor space. They live in high numbers in wooded areas, parks, athletic fields, areas around lakes and ponds, and of course our backyards! Properties with or near areas of standing water have high populations of mosquitoes because female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Marshes, ponds, drainage ditches, buckets, the tops of tarps or trash can lids, clogged gutters, and wading pools all make suitable breeding sites for mosquitoes.

Many species of mosquitoes rest during the middle of the day when the temperature is at its highest. Common mosquito hiding spots include behind tree bark, in tall grass, in dense vegetation, areas along fences lines, and under decks. 

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Get rid of mosquitoes from your home or business with the help of the professionals at Blitz! Exterminators, LLC. We are a local pest control company dedicated to keeping residential and commercial properties located in Central Georgia free of pests!

Our family is committed to keeping your family and home safe from mosquitoes and other pests. We utilize advanced treatments and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to eliminate current pest problems, prevent future pest problems, and provide our customers with peace of mind! If you are ready to eliminate mosquitoes and other pests from your Central Georgia property once and for all, call Blitz! Exterminators today.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Make your Georgia property less attractive to mosquitoes by partnering with Blitz! Exterminators, and put into place the following prevention tips:

  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors and repair damaged screens to keep hungry mosquitoes out of your home.

  • Eliminate as much standing water from your property as possible.

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

  • Fix low-lying areas in your driveway or yard.

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

  • Keep grass on your property cut short.

  • Cut back overgrown trees.

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

 
 

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