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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes
Latin Name:Culicidae
Length:16 mm
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Digestive Tract:Yes

Mosquitoes Pest Control

There are over 3,000 species of mosquito in the world. They are blood sucking insects but it is their ability to act as a disease carrier that makes them the subject of pest control. With climate change there are significant increases in mosquito populations in the UK.

Disease carrier

Mosquitoes carry disease without becoming infected. They are carriers of Yellow Fever and Malaria, which are fatal for humans. They also carry viral diseases, which can cause illness or death. Mosquitoes in the UK do not currently carry disease but this may change in the future if climate change escalates.

Habitat

Mosquitoes favour still or stagnant freshwater or brackish salty water to breed but particular species require slightly different habitats to reproduce.

Typical mosquito breeding grounds are:

  • Ponds
  • Lakes
  • Marshes
  • Water butts
  • Open patio containers
  • Disused hollow items, such as old tyres

Mosquitoes live close to their newly laid eggs, unless disturbed by severe weather conditions.

Mosquito life cycle

Mosquitoes follow the usual insect life cycle:

  • Egg – Laid on water or flooded ground. The egg hatches within forty-eight hours.
  • Larva – Once hatched, the larvae live in water, eating organic matter and rising to the surface to breathe. They grow by shedding their old skins. These moults occur four times. After the final moult, the larva is ready for the next stage in its life cycle.
  • Pupa – Larvae do not feed and are inactive for up to seven days, until they mature into the adult insect. The pupa case splits to allow the mature adult to emerge.
  • Adult – The adult insect rests on water to allow its wings to dry and body to harden. The fully mature adult is characterised by scaled wings, a thin body of 10 mm in length and an elongated proboscis (mouth).

The life cycle length is both species and temperature specific; ranging from four days to a calendar month. The mosquito is capable of mating when it is able to fly.

Mosquito Pest Control

The adult mosquitoes are the disease vectors, as they transfer viruses and infections by biting humans and animals. The newly mature mosquito requires blood and will look for a host as soon as they are able to fly.

The pest control of mosquitoes concentrates on the adults. Biological control is a viable alternative to insecticides. Examples of biological control methods are:

  • Natural predators; dragonflies and lizards that eat the mosquitoes or infect them with disease.
  • Insectivorous birds and bats.
  • Use of non-toxic traps that attract the mosquito by offering them a food source or desired habitat. Once captured, the mosquitoes can be disposed of.
  • Use of fly screens and mosquito net, to keep mosquitoes out of houses and commercial building. This will prevent the insect biting but do not kill them.

Insecticides are the most common DIY method of mosquito control.

Prevention

The best ways to prevent mosquito infestations is to remove potential breeding habitats from both your house and garden. It is also recommended that you keep water butts covered up and change both pet and bird drinking water regularly.

For more information about mosquitoes pest control or for assistance in removing them from your home or garden please contact us on 0800 690 6920.

Mosquitoes Pest Control

Mosquitoes are small flying insects, and they are experts in finding people and bite them and infect millions of people all over the world.Mosquitoes causes many diseases like malaria, dengue, yellow fever etc., Mosquitoes causes viral diseases and they can transmit diseases from one person to another. Due to this, over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year.

To get rid of this problem, our team will prevent this by taking some effective treatments with least impact on the environment.

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