What are mosquitoes?

What can drive you back inside of your home faster than your neighbor coming to discuss the new HOA rules? Mosquitoes! Mosquitoes are tiny flies that drive people mad! The females swarm us, use their elongated mouthparts to bite through our skin, and then feed on our blood.

When mosquitoes live in our yards in large numbers, their presence means that you and your family won't be able to enjoy your outdoor space. No one wants the result of eating dinner outside to be having your body covered in itchy, red welts; Pest Control Experts offers reliable mosquito control for Birmingham homeowners that is guaranteed to eliminate these pests from your property.  

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Males mosquitoes are annoying and help produce more mosquitoes, but they aren't directly dangerous to people. Their primary food source is plant nectar, so they do not bite people or animals because they don't need to consume blood meals.

Females mosquitoes are a danger to people and animals. Like male mosquitoes, females feed on plant nectar, but they also require blood meals to produce their eggs and complete their life cycle.

Though the mosquito's lifespan is short (7 days), they do enough damage while here to be considered one of the world's most dangerous creatures. As females consume their blood meals, they acquire and spread disease-causing pathogens and parasites. Mosquitoes transmit the West Nile virus, malaria, Eastern equine encephalitis, and parasitic heartworms to our pets.

Why do I have a problem with mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are a problem for everyone in Alabama because our hot, humid weather means mosquitoes thrive in our region for much of the year. Mosquitoes are active in the Birmingham area from March through November.

The most important thing to know about mosquitoes is that the females need access to standing water to lay their eggs. The more standing water there is, the more mosquitoes will swarm around you as you try to spend time in your yard, walk your dog, or enjoy an outdoor event.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. During the heat of the day, these biting pests like to take it easy and hide in dense vegetation, under tree canopies, in tall grass and weeds, or other places that provide them with shade.

In addition to their daytime hiding spots, mosquitoes are found in their highest numbers around breeding sites (areas of standing water). Things like clogged gutters, buckets, flower pots, tree hollows, trash containers, old tires, and low-lying areas provide spots for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and produce new biting mosquitoes.

As we stated above, when it comes to mosquitoes, there is one crucial thing to know about them. The more standing water there is on your property, the more problems with mosquitoes you will experience.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

If you live in the Birmingham area, trust our Birmingham pest management team at Pest Control Experts to provide you with the services necessary to maintain a mosquito-free property in the most eco-friendly manner possible. We know that having mosquitoes swarming your yard is unpleasant and want to help you enjoy your yard to its fullest potential! With our help, you can barbecue, have family gatherings, and garden in your yard without you and your guests becoming covered in itchy mosquito bites.

We have developed our Smart Mosquito service to guard Alabama properties from mosquitoes. The biggest benefit of Smart Mosquito is that there is zero chemical spraying. No chemicals mean no harm to our area's beneficial insects, its effectiveness isn't affected by the rain, and there will be fewer chemicals around your home and family! To learn more about our monthly Smart Mosquito service, give us a call today!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Use the following simple strategies and tips to make your yard less attractive to mosquitoes:

  • Ensure rainwater is draining properly from your property.
  • Make sure pools and water features are treated properly and the water is continuously circulating.
  • Shake off rainwater that collects on trash can lids or tarps.
  • Store containers that aren't in use upside down or indoors.
  • Regularly prune bushes, shrubs, and trees, overgrown landscaping that provides shelter for mosquitoes.
  • Keep your grass mowed to eliminate another favorite hiding spot for mosquitoes; tall grass and weeds.