Pests

Mosquitoes

Mosquito - Pest

What are Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are small, long-legged insects that are usually found in warmer climates. The female mosquitoes have piercing and sucking mouthparts which they use to feed upon mammalian blood as a source of protein for their eggs. The males have beaks or proboscis but cannot pierce. For food, both males and females eat nectar and other plant sugars.

Why are they pests?

Mosquitoes reproduce quickly, are disease carriers, their bites itch and they have an annoying buzz or whining sound.

Are they dangerous?

Three of the most dangerous mosquito species are the Aedes AegyptiAlbopictus, and Anopheles. During blood meals, the females may acquire and/or transmit various deadly and infectious diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, dengue fever as well as the Chikungunya and the Zika viruses. They are, therefore, responsible for infections across the world, including in Jamaica. Mosquito-borne diseases cause millions of deaths worldwide every year with a disproportionate effect on children and the elderly in developing countries.

Why do I have them?

Mosquitoes require water to lay their eggs. Stagnant or clean water that is not disturbed for a week or two is, therefore, a magnet for mosquitoes and can easily lead to an infestation. Some species of mosquitoes can lay up to 100 eggs at a time.

Where are they found/how do I know that I have a mosquito infestation?

The annoying buzz of multiple mosquitoes and/or signs of immature mosquitoes – larvae – in water are evidence of a mosquito problem.

How can I prevent them?

Mosquitoes need water to breed, so eradication and population-control efforts usually involve removal or treatment of standing water sources. Mosquito repellents are also useful for keeping away this insect.

How do I get rid of them?

Insecticide spraying to kill adult mosquitoes is one of the main ways to get rid of mosquitoes to protect you and your family. Through RYMO Pest Control, you will get an integrated management solution which targets source(s) of the issue as well as chemical control of mosquitoes through fogging. Following the treatments, it is necessary to ensure that prevention methods are adopted to keep them away.

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