Everything you need to know about mosquitoes
It’s hard to enjoy your backyard with mosquitoes hanging around. These uninvited guests can ruin a perfectly great day outdoors. And mosquitoes aren’t just irritating pests, they can be dangerous. But to be fair, the mosquitoes aren’t really the problem. Yes, they can be extremely annoying, but the true danger is the bacteria and parasites they carry. The mosquitoes along with these diseases can be downright dangerous and they can threaten the safety of your family. Use this educational guide to help prevent mosquitoes as much as you can on your own, and if the problem gets out of hand just give Troff a call!
Quick Mosquito Facts
- A relatively small number of species transmit
- There are over 3,000 mosquito species worldwide
- Over 150 mosquito species inhabit the U.S.
- Only adult female mosquitoes bite
- Mosquitoes feed on nectar, plant juices and
decaying plant material
- A female mosquito needs one blood meal for
every batch of eggs she produces
- All mosquitoes have 4 distinct life stages:
egg, larva, pupa, adult
- Mosquito eggs can survive up to 7 years
- Mosquito eggs require water to hatch into
- With a 100% survival rate, a single mosquito
could be responsible for over 1 billion
mosquito descendants in under a month.
How can you prevent them?
Turn over anything that can hold water such as: wagons, plant
saucers, and trays, children’s toys,
blow up pools, etc. Some things you
may just want to get rid of. Clean
your gutters so standing water will
not be able to accumulate. Tires and
tire swings are a favorite breeding
ground of the tree-hole mosquitoes
that cause encephalitis. They should
be removed quickly or at least have a
drainage hole drilled into the lowest
portion and be monitored to make
sure they don’t begin to accumulate
water. Simply put, any and all standing water needs to be eliminated.
Any that can’t, needs to be treated.
Fixtures such as pools should have
the filter run the number of recommended hours per day and bird bath
water should be changed weekly.
If you follow these simple guidelines and use Troff's Umbrella Protection System you should notice a drastic improvement in your mosquito situation, not to mention you will be helping to ensure the safety of you and your family.