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Mosquito

When the weather begins to warm up, you can be sure Mosquitoes will be arriving soon. These summertime pests become most active in the evening and nighttime hours. Mosquitos move from larvae stage to adult stage within 10-14 days.

Color – Brown with white rings on the abdomen

Length – 1/4” to 3/8” long

Diet – The male mosquitoes only feed on nectar while the females feed on both nectar and blood. Since they can detect both body heat and carbon dioxide, humans become an easy target for the female mosquito

Habitat – Mosquitoes breed in very moist soil or in standing water such as stagnant ponds, rainwater that sits in one place for a period of time, catch basins and other places where water can sit for a while without drying up.

Impact – Mosquitoes provide food for other insects and nighttime creatures such as bats. However, the impact on humans is less inviting. As they “bite” they inject a little saliva under the skin. The saliva helps numb the skin for a while and keeps the blood from clotting so they can get their meal. It is this saliva that becomes the foreign substance our body doesn’t like and reacts by itching and swelling. More dangerous is the fact that the saliva is the point of entry for Malaria in some countries and West Nile Virus here in North America.

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