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What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are a type of biting fly. We identify these flies that belong to the order Diptera by their long thin legs, piercing mouthparts, and feathery antennae. Their bodies are covered in scales and are usually black or dark brown and sometimes have white markings. 

Though the primary food source for both the male and female is plant nectar and other sweet liquids, females require another source of nutrition to complete their lifecycle. Female mosquitoes must consume blood meals from warm-blooded animals to create viable eggs. 

It is important to partner with a local expert to stop these prolific breeders from making themselves at home in your backyard. Professional mosquito control in Boston will ensure that you can enjoy your backyard whenever you want. With the help of the professionals at General Environmental Services, outdoor parties, barbeques, and gardening will no longer be interrupted by biting mosquitoes.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Did you know that despite their small size and frail nature, mosquitoes are among the world’s most dangerous animals? Worldwide, mosquitoes spread deadly diseases and pose significant health risks. 

In Boston, diseases spread by mosquitoes aren’t as big of a concern as in other parts of the world. However, they do spread the West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis. Mosquitoes also spread deadly parasitic heartworms to pets like dogs and cats.

In addition to the diseases they spread, mosquitoes are also problematic because of the itchy bites they deliver. After being bitten by a mosquito, an itchy red welt develops. Scratching at mosquito bites is unpleasant and can cause scabbing, scarring, and, in some cases, secondary infections. 

Minimizing the contact you, your family, and your pets have with mosquitoes is vital to your health and safety. General Environmental Services is here to help control the number of dangerous mosquitoes on your property.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes live worldwide and can thrive in any outdoor environment that offers suitable breeding, resting, and feeding sites. Mosquitoes in the Boston area are most active and problematic when temperatures are hot and humid. In our region, mosquito season is usually from mid-April through early October. 

On a day-to-day basis, many mosquito species are most active at dawn or dusk when temperatures are cooler. Because female mosquitoes like to lay their eggs on top of standing or stagnant water, their populations tend to explode after periods of rain.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Wooded areas, meadows, and riverbanks offer a lot of shade and moisture and are places where mosquitoes thrive. Properties located near their natural habitats are most susceptible to problems with mosquitoes, but any outdoor space can become a place where mosquitoes thrive. 

Mosquitoes in our yards are attracted to clogged gutters, overwatered gardens, pet water bowls, containers, and yard debris that collects water and provides females with breeding sites.

Our yards also offer mosquitoes with several shady daytime resting sites:

  • Tall grass

  • Shrubbery

  • Tree canopies

  • Decks

  • Damp crawl spaces

The more breeding and resting spots on or near your property, the more mosquitoes you will have flying around your property and using you, your family, and your pets as a food source. 

How do I get rid of mosquiotes?

The easiest way to get rid of mosquitoes is with the help of General Environmental Services. Our locally owned and operated company is committed to providing our customers with superior pest control solutions. Our highly experienced pest management professionals will provide you with the effective treatments necessary to control mosquito populations and prevent these pests from swarming you and your family every time you step foot outside. Call today to speak with one of our friendly professionals and learn more about our eco-friendly mosquito control solutions.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Preventing mosquitoes can be difficult because they live and breed outside. Use these mosquito prevention tips to make outdoor spaces less attractive to these biting pests:

  • Cut back overgrown vegetation and wooded areas from your home’s perimeter.

  • Keep your lawn cut short and remove tall weeds.

  • Keep shrubbery pruned to reduce shady areas that mosquitoes can rest within.

  • Use outdoor fans to keep them away from outdoor sitting areas. Mosquitoes are weak flyers.

In addition to acquiring professional home pest control in Boston, the most important thing you can do to avoid issues with mosquitoes is to eliminate as much standing water from your property as possible. Don’t overwater gardens, fill in low-lying areas, store containers that collect rainwater upside down, and keep gutters clear. Regularly emptying and refilling pet water bowls, wading pools, and bird baths is also a good idea.

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