Mosquitoes are one of the biggest problems in Florida, the more you know about them the better. When you think of mosquitoes, you are most likely thinking of the adult female who feeds on blood to help generate her eggs. A lesser-known fact is that both male and female mosquitoes also feed on the nectar from flowers. Immature mosquitoes are usually located in standing, stagnant water where the larvae can feed on various materials. This varies depending on the species but most consume organic flotsam and tiny aquatic organisms.
Signs of Mosquito Infestation
Mosquitoes make themselves known mostly through females buzzing around and biting people. People have differing reactions to bites including mild irritation to intense inflammation and swelling. Some species bite you so that you won’t notice while others’ bites are itchy and moderately painful.
Symptoms of mosquito bites include:
- Puffy, white bump appearing a few minutes after the bite often with a small red dot in the middle of the bump
- A hard, reddish bump, or bumps, that shows up about a day after a bite
- Swelling around the bites
- Small blisters instead of hard bumps
- Dark spots that look like bruises
Signs of immature mosquitoes are found in any standing water including watering dishes, and containerized house plants, ponds and more.
Differences in Male and Female Mosquitoes
While some differences between male and female are hard to determine without special tools, they are still fairly easy to tell apart. Some of the most obvious differences include:
- Only females feed on blood. However some species of females do not feed on blood at all, but on plant nectar and other sugars.
- The mosquito’s proboscis that extends out from the mouth area is bushier in males and smoother in females. The same thing goes with the hairs, or plumes, on the mosquitoes’ antenna. Males’ are very large and “feathery” while the female’s is smoother.
- Male mosquitoes are generally smaller, and liver shorter lives than females.
How to Treat for Mosquitoes
Mosquito treatment is most effective as a two step process. First is source reduction. Since mosquitoes develop in water, we can target and eliminate water sources that mosquitoes are prone to breed in. This is a very effective long term solution supplemented in the short term with chemical products.
As with all pest treatments performed by Bingham’s Professional Pest Management, mosquito treatment starts with you pest management professional conducting a thorough property inspection and identifying the species of mosquito you are dealing with. Once the species is identified, we will prepare a treatment plan that works for you with recommendations and assistance for both source reduction and necessary chemical product use.