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: Drawn to sources of stagnant, standing water such as ponds, rain gutters, storm drains, old tires, children’s wading pools, and birdbaths.

Habits:

  • At rest during the day, mosquitoes are known to feed at dusk and dawn
  • All mosquitoes have a large slender mouthpart called a proboscis, which enables them to pierce the skin to feed
  • Known for the dangerous diseases they pose

Mosquitoes in Eastern Tennessee

More than any other insect or animal in the world, mosquitoes pose a major threat to human life. 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. In addition to malaria, they’re also responsible for the transmission of West Nile and Zika. There are more than 200 species of mosquitoes nationwide, but only a few of these transmit these deadly diseases. Mosquitoes are found everywhere and have been known to inhabit a number of environments from deserts to mountain meadows at elevations of 10,000+ feet.

Mosquito Habitat

Mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant or slow-moving water, so they are commonly found around marshes and lakes. These pests only need a half-inch of water to breed and lay eggs, which is why they can easily infest areas of residential properties in Tennessee. Around homes, they are frequently spotted in kiddie pools, metal buckets, flower pots, and any object that collects rainwater or excess water from irrigation systems. For this reason, it’s crucial that homeowners regularly check their property for areas that may be conducive to mosquito breeding.

Mosquito Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

For the most part, mosquitoes require a blood meal before they can lay their eggs. This is why mosquitoes are active at dawn and dusk to feed. Most mosquito bites result in itchy red welts that, with time, will fade. When you are bitten by a mosquito that potentially has transmitted disease, you will experience a different range of symptoms. 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.

In any case, it’s important to contact a professional mosquito exterminator for help with any type of mosquito problem.