Frequently Asked Questions About Mosquito Control

Mosquitoes are a serious concern for North Americans, especially as temperatures rise during the late summer months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since West Nile virus - one of the primary diseases carried and transmitted by mosquitoes in the United States - was first identified in New York in 1999, at least 60 species have been identified to carry the disease, and more than 16,000 illnesses and over 650 deaths have been reported. It is important to take prevention measures to reduce mosquito populations and the accompanying risk of disease.

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are small insects (ranging from 1/8 to 3/8 inch long) that have two wings, a scale-covered body and legs, and a long beak with piercing-sucking mouthparts used to feed off the blood of living animals.  Mosquitoes only need a small water source – a thimbleful of water is enough – with nutrients to breed […]

When and where are mosquitoes found?

Mosquito season can start as early as April and can go nearly all year in warm climates, but July through September are prime mosquito months in most areas.  There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes found throughout the world, approximately 200 of which exist in North America. In North Carolina there are 60 confirmed […]

Why should I be concerned about mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are one of North America’s most dangerous pests.  As noted, some species transmit West Nile virus and other viruses that cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, and other illnesses, resulting in seasonal epidemics in North America during summer and fall.  According to the CDC, symptoms of West Nile disease can include high fever, […]

How can I help prevent risks resulting from mosquitoes?

Wear long sleeves and pants when weather permits. Make sure screens on windows and doors fit tightly and have no holes. Eliminate breeding sites by emptying standing water from objects around the home, including flower pots, buckets, tire swings and children’s wading pools when not in use.  Change the water in pet dishes and replace […]

What do I do if I suspect a mosquito problem around my home?

Contact “Mosquito Pro”, a licensed pest management professional for a free evaluation.