Mosquito

Category:

Actual Size:  ⅛” to ⅜”

Characteristics: Gray to black; some having white, green or blue markings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: They are attracted to stagnant, standing water sources such as ponds, rain gutters, storm drains, old tires, kiddie pools, and more.

Habits:

  • Most mosquitoes common to the South rest during the day in areas protected from the sun, and typically feed at dusk or dawn.
  • They lay 150-250 eggs in a variety of water-filled areas. Eggs take about 2 days to hatch.
  • Mosquitoes are most known for the dangerous diseases they are capable of transmitting.

Mosquitoes in SE Louisiana and Mississippi

In the United States alone, there are more than 200 species of mosquitoes. They inhabit a wide range of environments, from deserts to mountain meadows at high elevations. The main concern with mosquitoes is the threat they pose to human health and existence. Typically, bites from mosquitoes result in red itchy welts that cause no complications and heal with time. However, certain species of mosquitoes transmit extremely dangerous diseases, from malaria and the Zika virus to the West Nile virus. Data collected by the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown that mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people every year, mostly from malaria.

Mosquito Habitat

Any area withstanding, stagnant water is prone to mosquitoes. These pests require a source of standing water in which they can lay their eggs and breed. They only need a half-inch of water to be able to breed, which is why they can be found just about anywhere. Residential areas in Louisiana are especially prone. They can be found near kiddie pools, metal buckets, flower pots, and any object that collects rainwater or excess water from irrigation systems. For this reason, it’s recommended that homeowners regularly check their property for any areas of standing water or containers that could be collecting water. In doing so, you can avoid a mosquito problem.

Mosquito Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Most mosquito species require a blood meal before they can reproduce a batch of eggs. Many people and animals are bitten by mosquitoes with no side effects except the typical itchy welt. Mosquito bites are certainly a nuisance, but only certain types of mosquitoes will transmit diseases. Most people infected with mosquito-transmitted viruses show no symptoms or only mild, flu-like symptoms that may not result in a visit to the doctor. However, severe symptoms following infection occur in a small percentage of people. These pests have also been proven to cause heartworm in dogs.

When it comes to mosquitoes, it’s important to enlist the help of mosquito exterminators when you have an infestation.