Mosquitoes

mosquitos, pests

Mosquitoes have long had a substantial impact on humans, animals, and agriculture. 

There are over 3,000 different mosquito species, and over 80 of those are known to occur in Texas.

Mosquitoes undergo a complete metamorphosis and have four life stages: egg, larvae, pupa, and adult.  The egg, larvae, and pupa stages are all considered aquatic, while the adult is considered terrestrial.

Once the adult mosquitoes emerge, males tend to live for a week or two, and females for up to a month.  Female mosquitoes are the only ones to take a blood meal so that they can develop eggs.

During the blood feeding process, females cut into the skin of the host to take blood.  During the blood meal the mosquito will inject saliva into the wound to help with the blood retraction, and it is at this time that the female mosquito is able to transmit viruses.

Controlling mosquitoes is only sucessful when a multi-level approach is used to control immature mosquitoes, adult mosquitoes, environmental modifications, mechanical modifications, and physical modifications.  All of these are carefully considered and incorporated in our program at Georgetown Pest Control.