Mosquitoes In Southern California Can Cause Trouble For Your Family

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Mosquitoes are one of the world's most dangerous and prevalent pests. There are many different types of mosquitoes found worldwide, including Southern California. While many of us may focus on just how annoying mosquitoes are with their propensity for buzzing in our faces and leaving a trail of itchy bumps in their wake, they also cause physical harm. Mosquitos carry many serious transmittable viruses to people and their pets, such as malaria and the West Nile virus, which is why professional pest control in Southern California is so important.

What Attracts Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and are highly attracted to wet areas. Because they can lay their eggs in as little as half an inch of water, it is essential to address leaks and check your property for standing water to keep mosquitoes away. Even a simple gardening pale or wheelbarrow left out in the rain is enough to attract mosquitoes. Most mosquitoes are active during the early morning or evening hours. To avoid mosquitoes in the house, it is best to leave windows and doors closed during these hours. Additionally, ensuring that insect screens are well maintained will keep your interior mosquito-free.

How Long Do Mosquitoes Live?

Mosquitoes have a short lifespan. Depending on the weather, most species' lifespans range from a few days to a month. Mosquitoes go through four stages of development during their lifetimes: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on the water's surface and can lay hundreds of eggs at a time. These eggs hatch into larvae within 48 hours. Larvae remain in the water but come to the surface to breathe air. During the pupa stage, mosquitoes go into a sort of "rest mode" where they store energy to transform into their adult forms. As adults, mosquitoes wait to dry before looking to eat and mate.

Will Mosquitoes Bite Your Pets?

Mosquitoes are equal opportunity feeders and will bite your pets. Female mosquitoes are the blood-eating culprits. They use the nutrients from their hosts' blood to power their pregnancies. The fur on typical house pets like cats and dogs makes it more difficult for a mosquito to bite them. Therefore, they will target areas on your pet, such as the snout and the underbelly, where more skin is exposed. Mosquitoes can pass worms to your pets and cause infections and irritation to their skin. It is best to practice mosquito prevention to protect yourself and your animal friends.

How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes On Your Southern California Property

The irritation, the itching, and the potential for illness are all great reasons to get rid of mosquitoes from your Southern California property. For complete mosquito management and removal, work with Excel Pest Management. Excel Pest Management has over 25 years of combined experience to ensure that your home pest control needs are met. We are service-oriented with 24/7 customer service to guarantee that you are completely satisfied. Give Excel Pest Management a call for peace of mind and a mosquito-free summer!