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About Mosquitoes

AboutMosquitoes

The mosquito is a common flying insect found around the world. Although there are about 2,700 species of mosquitoes, the Anopheles Mosquito is the primary type of mosquito we deal with in the Memphis area.

A few good things to know about Mosquitoes that will help you:

  • Mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn.
  • Only the Female mosquito “bites” and sucks our blood.
  • Male mosquitoes do not “bite”. They feed on plant nectars.
  • Mosquitoes will fly up to 14 miles for a blood meal.
  • Mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing water sources such as storm drains, old tires, children's wading pools and birdbaths.
  • Mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days.
  • Female mosquitoes can lay a “raft” of 50-300 eggs on the surface of a pond or standing water and hatch within 2–3 days. The female requires a blood meal for every batch of eggs she lays.
  • When a female mosquito “bites”, she applies a small amount of saliva before drawing blood. The saliva makes penetration of the skin easier and prevents the blood from clotting.
  • The welts that appear after the mosquito “bites” is not a reaction to the wound but an allergic reaction to the saliva injected to prevent clotting.
  • Female mosquitoes use the CO2 we exhale as their primary cue to our location.
  • Mosquitoes are relatively fragile insects with an adult life span that lasts about 2 weeks.
  • Mosquitoes are the most formidable transmitters of disease in the animal kingdom and are known to spread diseases such as West Nile Virus & malaria.
  • The Culex Mosquito carries the West Nile Virus and lives and feeds high up (above 6 to 8 feet) in trees where the birds are found. This mosquito does not come down to feed and as a result, we find birds in every corner of Shelby County infected.  However, we have relatively few human cases of West Nile compared to the distribution of the Culex Mosquito.
  • YES, you can take your backyard back from the mosquitoes! Just contact Jamison Pest and Lawn at 901-452-1505 and start enjoying your backyard again!

Habits

Female mosquitoes suck our blood.
Male mosquitoes feed on plant nectars.
They are most active from dusk to dawn and will fly up to 14 miles for a blood meal.

Habitat

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water sources such as storm drains, old tires, children's wading pools and birdbaths. Remember, they can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days!

Threats

Mosquitoes are well-known to spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue fever.

Prevention

Eliminate or reduce mosquito breeding sites by replacing all standing water at least once a week. This includes bird baths, ponds, and unfiltered pools. Remove unneeded vegetation or trash from around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped, or removed. Introduce mosquito-eating fish such as gambusia, green sunfish, bluegills and minnows to standing water. Screen windows, doors, and other openings with mesh. Avoid going outdoors when and where mosquitoes are most active: during dusk or dawn. Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin whenever or wherever mosquitoes are likely to bite.

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