Mosquito Information, Identification, and Control

In much of the world, including Staten Island, mosquitoes are a major public health concern capable of spreading several types of encephalitis, dog heartworm, and malaria. 

There are several diseases of potential concern to the Staten Island public, pets and other mammals. These include West Nile virus, LaCrosse encephalitis, western equine encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis and malaria. Both night and day bites of mosquitoes are common on Staten Island.

In order to develop fertile eggs, only the females of most mosquito species feed on blood.  The females of different species prefer different hosts. 

Where are Mosquitoes Found?

This will give you a good idea…

staten island swamps

Swampland found in Staten Island, New York

Hiding and resting places for mosquitos are dark, poorly ventilated and humid places as well as along the edges of dense vegetation. When you think about it, there are many places around Staten Island that offer such environments.

  • Potted plants with pans underneath that hold water are good breeding sites;
  • Drainage ditches with emergent vegetation are big producers;
  • Standing water in low grassy areas;
  • Roof gutters plugged with leaves hold water and mosquito larvae;
  • Trash or “spare parts” and neglected outdoor appliances have lots of breeding places;
  • Old tires; Rain barrels; Unused or poorly maintained pools;
  • Water-filled tree holes; Flat roofs; Boats on trailers;
  • Birdbaths, barbecue grills, ashtrays and other small containers that hold water.

How Long to Mosquitoes Live

Female mosquitos generally live from 42-56 days. Adult males live only about 10 days.

The breeding cycle is fairly fast, obviously! The female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. They do this in water. Mosquitos live in water for their first 10 days of life, which is why getting rid of the standing water on the property is very important to our process.

Mosquito Lifecycle

Like all species of fly, they live their lives in 4 stages

  • Egg
  • Larva
  • Pupa
  • Imago (Adult)

The female mosquito lays eggs differently depending on the species. Mosquitos reach adulthood in around 14 days, and from then on, will reproduce until death.

The lifecycle happens fast, so it is important to get to the root of the problem and get it solved as quickly as possible before it gets out of hand.

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

At Annihilator Extermination, not only do we kill mosquitos, but we prevent new infestations and populations from growing near you. Our goal is to help protect you and your family from the negative effects and health concerns of Mosquito infestation.

There are a few different things that can be done to pause and undo a mosquito outbreak. 

How Annihilator Extermination Treats For Mosquitos

Mosquito treatment is usually a multi-faceted effort combining extermination of the source as well as chemical control when needed.

Mosquitos breed in standing water, which is one of the reasons Staten Island is so susceptible to them. Water source reduction is a leading way to remove them from the source. This reduction of the breeding ground will generally treat them long term.

Chemical perimeter treatments are also used as needed. Using specially formulated chemicals, we can deter any future breeding insects from entering the premises.

Our application specialists are able to apply the barrier around the home and backyard. This solution eliminates the insects on contact and will prevent them from entering for months to come.

Beginning of the Mosquito Prevention Process

Annihilator will send a rep over to your property to assess. A thorough property inspection is a key to effective control of mosquitos. Knowing where they are coming from, where they are breeding, and where they are entering the house is crucial to controlling them effectively.

Once that is complete, we can prepare an accurate plan for you to take care of any issues you are having for the long term. 

Our goal is to have your problem fixed over the long term. Once we have left, the chances of you seeing more insect activity will be much lower; and that goes for all insect types. Our treatments are top notch, and so is our service. 

Get in touch with us today for quick information on the issue you are having and the rates for getting the job done. 

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