Mosquitoes are small insects ranging from 1/8 to 3/8 inch long with two wings, body and legs covered with scales. Most mosquitoes are grey or black, while some are marked with white, silver, green or iridescent blue scales. They have a proboscis/beak with piercing-sucking mouthparts. Male mosquitoes typically feed on the flower nectar and other sugars in the environment. Females also feed on nectar and other sugars, but they require blood prior to laying eggs. The protein in the blood is needed for egg development. The flight range for adult mosquitoes can vary from a few hundred feet to over one hundred miles with favourable winds.
Mosquito season in India can start as early as March and go nearly the rest of the year if temperatures are warm. June through September are prime months in most areas. Most mosquito bites take place in the hours between dusk and dawn, however; there are some species that are active during the day. Mosquitoes are mostly found in areas used for breeding and resting. Since mosquitoes breed in water any area of standing or stagnant water is essential for egg, larval, and pupa stage development. The best way to prevent mosquitoes is to remove or dispose of containers that retain water. Mosquito resting sites include shaded and damp locations such as thick foliage, under decks, patios, mulch, and high grassy areas.
Mosquitoes are one of the most dangerous pests. Some species carry and transmit West Nile and other viruses that cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain and spinal cord. It is estimated that 1 in 150 persons infected with the West Nile virus Zika Virus will develop a severe form of the disease. Dengue is a viral disease, commonly called "break-bone fever." Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE) is very similar to the West Nile virus, however; it more severe with a human-case fatality rate of over 50%. LaCrosse encephalitis virus symptoms range from mild and transient aseptic meningitis to severe encephalitis and death.
Some chemical product uses that may be needed for mosquito treatment include:
We trained to help manage mosquitoes and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your NPCS technician will design a unique program for your situation. Keeping mosquitoes out of homes and buildings is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment We can provide the right solution to keep mosquitoes in their place…out of your home, or business. For more information or to schedule an inspection, please contact your local NPCS branch office.