Mosquito Identification & Prevention
What you need to know about mosquitoes in Omaha
Use this pest guide to learn about mosquitoes and pest control in Nebraska and why keeping mosquito populations under control is necessary.
What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are flying insects that live in most parts of the world and thrive in areas with warm, humid climates.
Though these insects are most well known for the bites they deliver, not every mosquito you come across will bite you. Only female mosquitoes bite us so they can consume blood meals. Males only feed on plant nectar and other sweet liquids. In order to feed on blood and nectar, mosquitoes use their proboscis, an elongated, piercing mouthpart.
Other physical features of mosquitoes include a small oval body, long thin legs, one pair of wings, and long feather-like antennae. Most mosquitoes are dark in color with white markings on their legs and body.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
When female mosquitoes consume blood meals from people and animals, they can become infected with different pathogens and parasites. As they bite and feed on the blood of their next host, they transmit the pathogens and parasites they are carrying.
Mosquitoes are responsible for starting dangerous outbreaks in communities worldwide. The West Nile virus, Saint Louis encephalitis, and western equine encephalitis are examples of diseases spread by mosquitoes in our region.
Along with spreading disease, mosquito bites are quite itchy. After being bitten, a red, itchy welt develops at the bite site. Scratching at mosquito bites is maddening and can lead to developing secondary infections.
Controlling mosquito populations in your yard and reducing your family's exposure to these biting disease-spreading pests is essential.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Wherever there is stagnant water or the potential to be stagnant water, you can find mosquitoes. People experience the biggest problems with mosquitoes during the wettest and warmest periods of the year. The more standing water you have in your Omaha yard, the more mosquitoes you will buzz around as you try to spend time outside. In Omaha, mosquitoes are most active from March through November.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes live in a variety of habitats, including our Omaha backyards. Other outdoor spaces we commonly come into contact with these biting pests are marshes, wooded areas, fields, and tall grass.
The worst time of day for mosquitoes is dusk and dawn. They are most active when the temperatures are lowest and when they can stay out of direct sunlight. During the middle of the day, mosquitoes hide in shady areas away from direct sunlight. Common mosquito resting spots in our Omaha yards are spaces under decks, porches, shrubs, trees, and within woodpiles and rock piles.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Get rid of mosquitoes with the help of Quality Pest Control. We are committed to the residents of Omaha and helping people maintain homes free of unwanted, annoying, and dangerous pests. Our local and experienced professionals can offer the customized services needed to target the source of your infestation. Call today to learn more about mosquito control in Omaha and why we are the best choice for your home's pest control needs!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Use the following tips to keep mosquitoes away from your indoor and outdoor spaces:
- Maintain your yard and keep the grass cut short and trees and shrubbery well-pruned.
- Remove excess wood and rock piles from your yard.
- Eliminate as many potential areas of standing water as possible.
- Empty and turn over containers like buckets that could collect rainwater.
- Prevent mosquitoes from flying into your home by making sure screens are intact and avoid propping open windows and doors.
If you are ready to take back your indoor and outdoor spaces from biting mosquitoes, reach out to Quality Pest Control. We are committed to protecting your family and property from mosquitoes and other common household pests.
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