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Mosquito

The most deadly animal in the world is the mosquito. It might seem impossible that something so miniscule can kill so many people, but it’s true. According to the World Health Organization, mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people every year. The majority of these deaths are due to malaria. The female mosquitoes are actually the ones responsible for the bites as they need the protein in the blood for egg production. Mosquitoes are also known to transport very serious diseases such as Malaria, Yellow Fever, Zika and Chikungunya.

Identification:

Mosquitoes are one of the most identifiable pests in the world. Not only due to their distinct buzzing sound and their long spindly legs but their unique body type. Mosquitoes are very small anywhere from two to ten millimeters. They have long segmented bodies with a large pair of wings that rest on their back when not in flight. They have a wide variety of colors but typically range from dark brown to black with silvery white marking on their wings and body. They also feature a long pair of antennae and a long proboscis which they use to draw blood from their hosts.

Habits:

The female mosquitoes are the primary nuisance to human beings. They feed on human beings as they require our blood to nourish and produce their offspring. Mosquitoes essentially work around the clock to collect blood and breed and can be found biting humans from dusk to dawn.

Habitat:

While mosquitoes are found all over the world they prefer tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates. Mosquitoes require standing water to lay their eggs therefore they are commonly found around home owners property. From rain buckets, to flowerpots, to spare tires, mosquitoes will lay eggs wherever they can find standing water.

Prevention:

The name of the game for mosquito prevention is the removal of standing water around your property. While out in the wild it is important to use insect repellent with at least twenty percent DEET as well as wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent exposing your skin to the female mosquitoes. Mosquitoes carry a wide variety of deadly infectious diseases so it is important to contact McDuffie Pest Control as soon as you notice the swarms on your property.