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Mosquitoes In Goldsboro: An All-Inclusive Prevention And Control Guide

Mosquitoes thrive in wet, hot climates, so it’s no surprise if you see an abundance of them around your property this year. Trying to enjoy your outdoor space while simultaneously swatting away mosquitoes is impossible. If you find yourself hiding inside the house to avoid mosquitoes, we’re here to help you reclaim your yard from these troublesome insects.

This guide will explain how to identify mosquitoes and differentiate them from similar-looking pests. We’ll also review the risks of having mosquitoes around your home and provide some tips and tricks to help keep them away. Read on to learn more about effective pest control in Goldsboro with the experts at Arrest A Pest.

Mosquito Or Not? How To Identify Them At A Glance

There are a few species of insects that look like mosquitoes in our area, including midges, crane flies, and gnats. Because mosquitoes can potentially carry diseases, it helps to be able to distinguish them from other similar-looking pests that aren’t known to transmit illness.

Two species of mosquitoes are of special concern here in Goldsboro, the Culex, and the Asian Tiger. Culex mosquitoes are gray with iridescent scales, between 1/4 and 3/8 of an inch long, and are most active at dusk and dawn. Asian tiger mosquitoes have black and white striped bodies around 1/8 of an inch long and are most active during the day.

Midges and gnats are smaller than mosquitoes, and you will usually see them swarming together in clouds, where mosquitoes are more likely to be solitary. Crane flies are much bigger than mosquitoes, between 1 and 2 inches long, and don’t bite people. If you need assistance identifying or removing pests on your property, contact us today at Arrest A Pest.

Mosquito Dangers: Itchy Bites, Allergic Reactions, And Diseases

When mosquitoes bite, they pierce your skin and use a mouthpart called a proboscis to suck up blood. As they feed, they inject saliva into your skin, usually resulting in an itchy red bump. Some people, including children and people with immune system disorders, can have more severe allergic reactions, including hives, fever, and swollen lymph nodes.

When mosquitoes bite a host, they can also pick up pathogens, which they can pass to the next person they bite through their saliva. The following list details the possible diseases spread by mosquitoes in our area: 

  • West Nile virus

  • Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE)

  • La Crosse encephalitis

  • Chikungunya

  • Dengue

  • Tularemia

One of the best ways to protect your family from these risks is to work with a Goldsboro mosquito control professional from Arrest A Pest reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property. Contact us today at Arrest A Pest to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.

Prevention Is Key: Tips And Tricks To Deter Mosquitoes

You’ve likely already tried over-the-counter products like herbs, essential oils, or candles to keep mosquitoes away, and while they may smell nice, they don’t work to deter these biting insects. Here are some effective DIY techniques that will help prevent mosquitoes on your property: 

  • Eliminate any areas on your property that have standing water.

  • Once a week, walk around your yard and empty any containers holding water, including children’s toys, overturned grill covers, and flower pot bases.

  • Ensure your gutters are clear and flow freely and the downspouts don’t cause water to pool in the yard.

  • Regularly empty, clean, and refill the water in birdbaths and kiddie pools.

  • Remove excessive vegetation in the yard and keep the grass short to eliminate shady resting areas.

Collaborating your efforts with a professional company that offers mosquito control near you is the best way to deter these problematic pests. Contact us today at Arrest A Pest to request a free estimate or to learn more about how our mosquito control services can help reduce mosquitoes near your home.

Professional Mosquito Control: A Smart Idea For Goldsboro Properties

The simplest and most effective way to keep mosquitoes at bay is to team up with the pros at Arrest A Pest. We offer monthly mosquito treatments to help keep their populations low all season long. 

Our experts use a backpack mister and a power sprayer to treat the areas mosquitoes rest and breed, and we can also treat any standing water you can’t eliminate to prevent mosquito eggs and larvae from maturing. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Goldsboro.

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