Mosquitoes will be especially bad this summer. Get in control.
Mosquitoes are carriers, or vectors of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, encephalitis, Chikungunya, West Nile virus and Zika. In addition, they are public enemy number one in the fight against global infectious disease.
Mosquitoes hunt for food by detecting body heat and the carbon dioxide humans exhale. However, only female mosquitoes suck our blood. Male mosquitoes feed on plant nectars.
There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes, but the members of three bear primary responsibility for the spread of human diseases. Culex species are one of the best-known summer mosquitoes breed in stagnant water or soft soil. There are about 170 different kinds of mosquito species in North America alone.
All mosquitoes need water to breed, so eradication and population-control efforts usually involve removal or treatment of standing water sources. Insecticide spraying to kill adult mosquitoes is also widespread. If you are concerned about mosquito control on your property, contact Heritage Pest Control for advice on how to get rid of mosquitoes.