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Mosquitoes are often an annoyance as their bite can be itchy and uncomfortable, but they are also a health risk as they can carry and transmit diseases viruses from one human or animal to another with each bite.

When biting with their proboscis, they will stab two tubes into the skin: one to inject an enzyme that inhibits blood clotting and the other to suck blood into their bodies.

To date mosquitoes have infected humans with the Zika virus, yellow fever, malaria and West Nile to name a few.

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Mosquitoes are very slender flies with an elongated piercing mouth-part and long legs. During the summer, they are often an annoyance as their bite can be itchy and uncomfortable, but they are also a health risk as they can carry and transmit diseases viruses.

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Mosquitoes are very slender flies with an elongated piercing mouth-part and long legs. Their wings are fringed with scales along the edge. Male mosquitoes also have an antenna covered with long soft hair.

Mosquitoes are most commonly found near stagnant water such as rain puddles and ponds, as well as decomposing material such as wet leaf matter, swamps and marches.

The mosquito goes through four separate and distinct stages of its life cycle: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The first three stages occur in water, while as an adult they are active flying insects.

An entire life cycle takes about 10 to 14 days. Only the female mosquito feeds on the blood of humans or other animals, as a source of protein for their eggs; laying up to 200 eggs at one time.

Depending on the condition and source of food, male mosquitoes can only live for around 10 days while females can live up to two months.


How do l recognize a mosquito?

Mosquitoes are very slender flies with an elongated piercing mouth-part and long legs. Their wings are fringed with scales along the edge. Female mosquitoes also have an antenna covered with long soft hair.

Are mosquitoes dangerous to humans?

Mosquitoes are a health risk as they can carry and transmit diseases viruses from one human or animal to another with each bite. When biting with their proboscis, they will stab two tubes into the skin: one to inject an enzyme that inhibits blood clotting and the other to suck blood into their bodies.

To date mosquitoes have infected humans with the Zika virus, yellow fever, malaria and West Nile to name a few.

Where do you find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are most commonly found near stagnant water such as rain puddles and ponds, as well as decomposing material such as wet leaf matter, swamps and marches.

If I have an infestation of mosquitoes, what can be done to eliminate them?

Stagnant water attracts mosquitoes. Bird baths should be cleaned out regularly. Check around your building or home for buckets, wading pools, toys, gardening items, pots and any other containers that can collect water and remove them. Keep your gutters free of water and debris, stop leaks and regularly maintain your outdoor pool or spa. If the infestation of mosquitoes becomes severe, call Abell Pest Control.

 
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