What You Need To Know About Mosquitoes In Ventura County
Mosquitoes are among the most frustrating and difficult pests to keep away from our Ventura County outdoor spaces. Learn about these flying insects and the effective pest control services in Ventura County that are offered by Ventura Pest Control with the help of this pest guide.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mosquitoes
What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are tiny flying insects with gray bodies and six long, thin legs that dangle below them in flight. Their most notable characteristic is their proboscis, an extended mouthpart they use to feed on liquids.
Females and males use their proboscis to consume plant nectar and other sweet liquids as their primary food source. Females must supplement their diet with blood meals; blood supplies them with the protein they need to develop healthy eggs and complete their life cycles.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Despite how fragile these tiny insects are (it only takes the swat of a hand or newspaper to squash them), they are one of the world's most dangerous animals. Mosquitoes are dangerous because they develop large populations near people and animals, feed on many different hosts throughout their lives, and spread life-threatening pathogens and parasites worldwide. In our region, diseases spread by mosquitoes include the West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis, and western equine encephalitis. While not every mosquito carries dangerous pathogens or parasites, the less contact you, your family, and your pets have with these pests, the better for everyone's health and safety.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Though most people view mosquitoes as unnecessary nuisances, they do play an essential role in the ecosystem. Mosquitoes provide a vital source of nutrition for many animals. Their feeding habits also help with the pollination of plants and trees. However, when mosquitoes find their way to where we live, they quickly become dangerous unwanted pests that you must control. Unfortunately, mosquitoes regularly become a problem in our yards because they offer them various places to feed and breed.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Groups of mosquitoes thrive in areas that supply them with standing water, dense vegetation to rest in, and access to animal or human hosts.
Outdoor spaces that naturally support large populations of mosquitoes include marshes, wooded areas, and fields. Homes located near their natural habitats or with excess shade or standing water (breeding sites) are more likely to experience reoccurring problems with these pests.
Mosquitoes tend to be most active at dawn and dusk; most rest in shady areas during the middle of the day. In our yards, common mosquito resting sites include tall grass, weeds, gardens, tree canopies, and dense vegetation. The standing water in clogged gutters, trash cans, tarps, low-lying areas, or yard debris provides mosquitoes with suitable breeding sites.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
The best way to keep mosquitoes from taking over your outdoor space is to partner with a local professional and implement a mosquito control plan. Mosquitoes are prolific breeders that can take over outdoor spaces in Ventura County in the blink of an eye.
At Ventura Pest Control, we are your local pest control solution, dedicated to helping our customers solve their pest problems. We perform the treatments necessary to control mosquito numbers and allow you to enjoy your yard no matter the time of day.
Use the following prevention tips to help make your outdoor space less interesting to mosquitoes:
Keep your lawn cut short.
Remove weeds and overgrown vegetation from your property.
Repair or eliminate areas on your property that are collecting standing water.
Lemongrass keeps mosquitoes away. Plant lemongrass and other plants that mosquitoes find unpleasant, like citronella and rosemary.
To get rid of mosquitoes currently swarming your property and prevent future issues with these pests, partner with a local and knowledgeable pest control professional. Ventura Pest Control is here to help you meet your mosquito control needs. Reach out today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Ventura County.