How to Identify Mosquitos

Mosquitos are considered “true flies” of the order Diptera. They can easily be identified by their large, blood-sucking proboscis and have two wings with scales running down the length. Male mosquitos have feathery antennae, while female mosquitos don’t, which allow them to pierce the skin and draw blood easier.   

How Dangerous Are Mosquitos?

Most mosquitos in the United States are fairly innocuous, though their bites may cause itching and irritation. However, some mosquitos have been known to carry various diseases, such as encephalitis, meningitis, Zika, and West Nile Virus. Most people shouldn’t worry about mosquito bites unless they start to develop symptoms. 

Tips to Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites can be very annoying, but there are a few ways to prevent them, even if you have mosquitos nearby.

  • Use an insecticide
  • Light a citronella candle
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Use permethrin to treat clothing gear
  • Install screens and windows in your home to prevent entry
  • Use mosquito netting if you camp outside

DIY Tips to Eliminate Mosquitos

Mosquitos can be mostly managed through some easy DIY tips:

  • Use bug zappers
  • Spray essential oils around your yard
  • Use mosquito traps
  • Spread coffee grounds around your yard
  • Use an oscillating fan outside

Prevention is also a great step to take to eliminate mosquitos, as eliminating standing water will tend to repel most mosquito species. 

However, when these tips don’t work, it’s crucial that you call a Pest Control expert. Anchor Pest Control offers Home Protection Plans that ward off mosquitos and up to 40 other species of pests.

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