What do mosquitoes look like?
Although there are many types of mosquitoes found worldwide, all species have slender bodies and long legs. They also have one pair of scaled wings with a pair of halteres, a balancing organ that takes the place of hind wings. On Long Island, residents have always had to deal with the Culex pipens mosquito but more recently, the Asian tiger mosquito started showing up.
The Culex pipens mosquito is generally active at night while the Asian tiger mosquito is active during the day. Both types of mosquitoes lay their eggs in shallow standing water. Only female mosquitoes bite and that's because they need a blood meal to produce eggs. They hunt for food by detecting body heat and the carbon dioxide which we exhale.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquito bites are more than just itchy and annoying. Mosquitoes spread deadly diseases like West Nile Virus, Chikungunya and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Cases of these insect borne diseases seem to increase every year! While still being researched, it is believed that the Asian tiger mosquito could transmit the ZIka virus and could become a threat to New York and other northern states.
Can Suburban help with a mosquito problem?
Suburban Exterminating offers effective mosquito control to Long Island residents. Whether you're looking for ongoing mosquito treatments while these pests are active (typically until September) or simply need a one-time treatment before an outdoor event, we can help. Request your free estimate or contact us to learn more about our mosquito control services!
Mosquito prevention tips
- Eliminate stagnant water (where mosquitoes breed). This includes small amounts of water that collect in flowerpots, baby pools and gutters.
- Trim grass often and remove overgrowth (where mosquitoes rest).
- Wear long pants and long sleeves.
- Use an insect repellent containing 20 percent DEET. If you're concerned with DEET, contact your family doctor for advice.