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What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are tiny insects that are notorious for the itchy bites they deliver. What they lack in size, they make up for in their ability to drive us mad.

Females mosquitoes require blood meals from warm-blooded animals to make viable eggs and complete their life cycle. Using their elongated mouthpart (proboscis), they pierce the skin of their hosts and consume their blood.

While the appearance of mosquitoes will vary by species, in general, we identify mosquitoes by their small oval bodies that are black or gray with white underbellies. They also have long thin legs that dangle below their body when in flight.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

The mosquito can easily spread disease-causing pathogens and parasites to people and animals through their feeding habits. Mosquitoes are dangerous, and limiting their numbers is vital to help stop the spread of disease. Across the world, mosquitoes are responsible for more deaths than any other animal.

Furthermore, you can't enjoy spending time in your yard doing things like eating, gardening, or playing with your kids if you are constantly being swarmed and bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquito bites are itchy and uncomfortable, and prolonged scratching can cause a secondary infection.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are opportunistic and will take advantage of outdoor spaces offering breeding sites, shady, cool resting spots, and their primary food source, plant nectar.

Mosquitoes can be a problem anytime, but in Phoenix, their populations explode, and mosquitoes are even more problematic after the monsoon season. The rain is super beneficial to our area, but it does cause some problems, including causing standing water to build up. The standing water provides mosquitoes with a plethora of breeding sites.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes in Phoenix tend to be most prevalent between March and October.

Most mosquitoes are attracted to areas that provide them with dense vegetation and stagnant water. In Arizona, we often find mosquitoes swarming in large numbers around breeding sites.

Places in our yard that tend to have standing water are clogged gutters, the ground around leaky pipes or fixtures, low-lying buckets, and containers that collect rainwater like buckets, tree stumps, wading pools, and plant pots.

During the day's heat, mosquitoes like to hide in shady areas. In our Phoenix yards, spaces under decks, areas of thick vegetation and overgrown landscaping, and wood or leaf piles provide them with resting spots.

Mosquitoes are typically outdoor pests, but they regularly find their way into our houses after moving inside through an open window, door, or torn screens.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes live and breed outdoors, and these flying pests can find their way into any of our outdoor spaces. Unfortunately, there is no way to eliminate these pests completely, but by partnering with us at ACTION Termite & Pest Control, you can significantly reduce their numbers. Partner with us to remove unwanted mosquitoes and enjoy your outdoor spaces whenever you want!

We are committed to always using the latest products and equipment to ensure our customers always receive the best service possible. Using a misting or fogging machine, we will immediately reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property. We will also install mosquito traps on your property to help eliminate mosquitoes between visits.

Call today to learn more about our home pest control and to schedule regular mosquito services for your Phoenix property.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Use the following prevention tips to reduce the contact you and your family have with biting mosquitoes.

  • Remove as much stagnant, standing water from your property as possible. 
  • Avoid spending time outside at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Mosquitoes are weak flyers; use fans to keep these biting pests away from outdoor sitting and eating areas. 
  • If possible, screen in porches or decks.
  • Make sure screens are intact to keep mosquitoes from flying into your home.

Though the above tips are helpful, implementing a regular mosquito control service is the best way to control mosquitoes.