Any of a large family (Culicidae) of two-winged dipteran insects, the females of which have skin-piercing mouthparts used to extract blood from animals, including humans: some varieties are carriers of certain diseases, as malaria and yellow fever.
A mosquito is a small flying insect that bites and feeds on the blood of humans and other animals. While male mosquitoes only eat nectar, females need blood meals in order to produce viable eggs that will hatch. Mosquitoes can have both positive and negative impacts on the ecosystem. As part of their useful role, the larvae of mosquitoes live in water and provide food for fish and other wildlife, including larger larvae of other species such as dragonflies. The larvae themselves eat microscopic organic matter in the water, helping to recycle it. Adult mosquitoes make up part of the diet of some insect-eating animals, such as birds, bats, adult dragonflies and spiders. They also help pollinate some flowers, when they consume nectar.
The mosquito life cycle has four development stages: egg, larvae, pupa and adult. During the mosquito breeding cycle, the female adults lay eggs in stagnant water. When the eggs hatch, the emerging larvae feed on vegetative or organic materials found in the water. From larvae, mosquitoes progress through moltings of a pupal stage until reaching the final adult stage. These stages last five to 14 days, depending on species, humidity and ambient temperature.Within a few days of becoming adults, mosquitoes are able to fly and ready to bite. Depending on species and climate, an adult mosquito can live anywhere from a week to several months.
Danger of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes also can have a damaging role, harming other animals by being a vector for diseases, such as malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis and dengue. The mosquitoes don’t cause the diseases themselves but only act as carriers. They need to feed on a person or animal that is already infected, and then when they bite a healthy person or animal, they pass on the disease. In places where a particular disease is not already present, there’s no risk of catching it from mosquitoes, but ecologists worry because if infected humans or animals do come into the area, the mosquitoes that already live there will spread the disease among the rest of the healthy population. Usually, the bites themselves are just an annoyance if there’s no chance of illness, but sometimes mosquitoes are so overwhelming, their numbers have a major impact. In some places around the Arctic where summers are short, mosquito season is brief, but so many are competing for a bite of mammal blood.
It’s important to know how to control pests like mosquitoes, despite the fact that mosquitoes are responsible for carrying deadly diseases to both humans and animals.
Here are some of the ways to prevent yourself and your home from mosquitoes
- Dump out any stagnant water near your home
- Clean up neighboring properties
- Control vegetation
- Hang mosquito nets
- Wear light colored clothing especially outdoors
- For an immediate evacuation of mosquitoes infestation contact EOA pest control today we will be glad to help you eliminate this unwanted Pest from your home or offices