Mosquitoes are age-old pests that have pestered humans for millennia. There are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world. In the state of California alone, there are over 50 species of mosquito. The most common type of mosquito to bother Riverside residents is the Culex mosquito. The Culex mosquito is a genus, or group of species, of mosquito that feeds on human blood and lives throughout North America.
The Culex mosquito is also known as the common house mosquito. Culex mosquitoes are usually gray with iridescent scales on their bodies. They are often found in warm, wet environments. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs, numbering in the hundreds, on the surface of a body of water. Even a small puddle could be a nursery for a mosquito mother. The mosquitoes will spend their entire youth in the water until they are ready to emerge as adults.
Why Mosquitoes Are Not A Small Problem
Although mosquitoes are small insects that are frequently seen, they can cause some serious problems. Other than their annoying buzzing and itchy bites, mosquitoes can have health implications as well. There is a multitude of diseases carried by mosquitoes, such as the West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis.
The West Nile virus is a virus spread by mosquitoes. This virus can cause fever and other flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals. However, in some cases, long-term neurological effects such as tremors, memory problems, and headaches may occur.
St. Louis encephalitis is a virus transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The virus may cause flu-like symptoms and, in more serious cases, deadly brain swelling.
Mosquito Myths To Be Aware Of
There are many myths when it comes to mosquitoes. Some myths to watch out for include:
- All mosquitoes bite: Only the females of a few dozen species of mosquitoes bite and drink blood.
- Eating certain foods can repel mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are equal opportunity feeders. The females require the protein in human blood to lay their eggs. The type of food you eat does not deter them.
- All mosquitoes carry diseases: Only a small percentage of mosquitoes carry diseases.
Being able to separate fact from fiction can help homeowners make the best choice when dealing with mosquitoes on their property.
Mosquito Prevention Tips Worth Trying
The best way to avoid mosquitoes is to implement mosquito prevention. Mosquitoes are extremely attracted to standing water, as females require water to lay their eggs. Avoiding standing water is a key factor when it comes to keeping mosquitoes away. Additionally, covering yourself before going outside can reduce mosquito bites. Maintaining insect screens provides a physical barrier between mosquitoes and your home. Lastly, keep an outdoor fan on porches, decks, or patios to help deter mosquitoes and reduce the number of mosquitoes entering your Riverside home.
What To Look For When Buying Professional Mosquito Control
The only guaranteed solution to an overabundance of mosquitoes on your Riverside property is to work with a professional pest control company. An expert in mosquito control should provide a thorough inspection and address all of your property concerns. The inspection should be followed by a tailored treatment for your home and a follow-up. Fortunately, pest control in Riverside is in capable hands with Compass Pest Management. At Compass Pest Management, we have over 25 years of professional experience serving Riverside residents. We are dedicated to giving our clients a pest-free space and top-tier customer service. Reach out to Compass Pest Management today and say goodbye to mosquitoes!