Mosquitoes – Pests in Your Home
You will never know peace when mosquitos invade your home. They sting painfully and the noise from their flapping wings will keep you up all night. In addition to the ruckus and pain, some mosquitos also transmit dangerous diseases such as Malaria, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, and Filariasis.
Mosquitos belong to the group Diptera similar to other true flies – flies that have a single pair of wings. They are identified by their long, thin legs and a head with a prominent proboscis (the mouth). What most people don’t know is that the male mosquito is quite harmless, it is the female mosquito that is troublesome.
Although both male and female mosquitos typically feed on plant juices and nectar, the female’s mouthparts are adapted to piercing animal skins to feed on their blood. The female requires nutrients in the blood of animals to produce eggs. They prefer feeding on people with type O blood, people with a lot of skin bacteria, heavy breathers, the pregnant and people with a lot of body heat.
The lifecycle of the mosquito
The mosquito goes through four stages in its life cycle: Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult. After the female has mated, she will look for a blood meal to acquire the nutrients necessary to lay eggs. Once she has fed, she will lay her eggs in stagnant water. A female mosquito can lay as many as 100 eggs at once. These eggs will hatch into larvae in approximately 48 hours depending on temperatures.
The larvae live in the water and only come to the surface to breathe. They moult four times becoming larger with each moult. In the water, the larvae feed on organic matter and microorganisms for nutrition. It is during the fourth moult that the larvae turn into pupae.
The pupa stage, also known as the resting stage, is the non-feeding development stage. They do however move and respond to light changes by tumbling using their tails. Once development is complete, the pupal skin splits letting out the adult mosquito. The entire process takes about 14 days.
As we have learnt from the information above, mosquitos usually feed on nectar and plant juices – except when the female is about to lay eggs. They also need water to reproduce as it is a necessary part of the immature mosquitos’ habitat.
Therefore, to keep mosquitos out of your home, you should ensure that there is no stagnant water in the area surrounding your home and that all overgrown vegetation is cut. Mosquitos also like dark places which overgrown vegetation provide.
If mosquitos still invade your home even after these measures, then it’s time to call in the big guns: professional mosquito control products . Some of the products for mosquito control in our catalogue include:
1. Mozzie Assassin Indoor Mosquito Trap (https://www.pestrol.co.nz/buy-online/mozzie-assassin-indoor-mosquito-trap/) – This trap attracts mosquitoes using light. Once the mosquitos are close enough, they are sucked in by a powerful yet quiet fan and stored in a chamber inside the device. The device is easy to use, environmentally friendly and pest specific.
2. The Pestrol Ultra Dispenser (https://www.pestrol.co.nz/buy-online/pestrol-ultra-dispenser-with-1-refill/) – This device will discreetly get rid of all mosquitos in your house and other unwanted insect pests.