Mosquito

Category:

Actual Size: ⅛” to ⅜”

Characteristics: Gray to black; some having white, green, or blue markings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing water sources such as ponds, rain gutters, storm drains, old tires, children’s wading pools, and birdbaths.

Habits:

  • Most active at dawn and dusk.
  • All mosquitoes have a large slender mouthpart called a proboscis.
  • One of the deadliest animals in the world due to the diseases they can transmit.

Mosquitoes in Bristol

Mosquitoes are not only one of the most annoying pests, but also one of the most dangerous. In fact, mosquitoes pose a greater threat to human health and existence than any other animal. They are most feared for their ability to transmit many dangerous diseases, like malaria, West Nile, and Zika Virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people every year, with the majority of these deaths due to malaria. There are about 200 different species of mosquitoes found throughout the United States, with habitats ranging from deserts at or below sea level to mountain meadows with elevations of 10,000 feet or higher.

Mosquito Habitat

Mosquitoes are attracted to areas where they can lay eggs in stagnant or slow-moving water. This means they are commonly found around marshes and lakes here in Tennessee. However, needing only a half-inch of standing water to breed, mosquitoes are often found around homes, in kiddie pools, metal buckets, flower pots, and any object that collects rainwater or excess water from irrigation systems. This underscores the importance of homeowners regularly checking their property for containers that could be collecting water, providing a safe harbor for mosquito populations to breed and grow.

Mosquito Behaviors & Dangers

Mosquitoes are most feared for their bites, which can be a nuisance for many and dangerous for some. Many people and animals are bitten by mosquitoes with no side effects except the typical itchy welt. And, while a large number of mosquito bites can reduce the quality of life, the diseases these insects can transmit can be serious. Most people infected with mosquito-transmitted viruses show no symptoms or only mild, flu-like symptoms that may not result in a visit to the doctor. However, severe symptoms following infection occur in a small percentage of people. If this is the case, it’s important to get medical attention promptly.

To prevent mosquitoes in your yard or control a current infestation, it’s best to contact a professional mosquito exterminator.