What are mosquitoes?

What are mosquitoes? If you have ever spent time outdoors near any water, you have run into these pests. Mosquitoes are known for their biting habits as they fly around looking for their prey. They are very common living in most parts of the world with over 3,500 species known. Mosquitoes are well known to bite people with their extended mouthparts (proboscis) that are used to pierce through the skin and then suck out blood. While they do prey on people, the main food source for both males and females actually comes from nectar and pollen from plants. In fact, male mosquitoes very rarely feed on the blood of humans and only do so when there are not enough sugar sources. Female mosquitoes are the ones who are known to prey on blood because blood is required to make the protein required to create their eggs. Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water where the eggs will hatch and the larvae will develop in the water. Since mosquito larvae can be seen wriggling around in the water, they are known as wrigglers. A female mosquito can lay as many as 100 eggs per set and can lay up to three sets before dying. The average lifespan of a mosquito is very short and can develop from egg to adult in roughly 10 days. Since mosquitoes live, breed, and feed outside, they are a difficult pest to control and keep off of your property.


Even though they are very small, mosquitoes are considered to be one of the most dangerous pests. Aside from the swollen, itchy bumps they leave when they bite you, mosquitoes spread very serious, life-threatening diseases. These tiny insects cause more death than any other animal on the planet because of the diseases they spread. Mosquitoes usually pick up diseases when it draws blood from hosts that have it. The mosquito then transfers the disease to the next warm body it draws blood from. They can transmit diseases from animals to humans and vise-versa. In developing countries as well as tropical countries, they are known to spread Malaria, Dengue Fever, and Yellow Fever. A little closer to home, a few diseases mosquitoes can also carry and transmit are the Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Since mosquitoes also prey on animals, they are often responsible for infecting dogs with potentially fatal parasites like heartworms. Mosquitoes are very hated due to the swollen itchy bumps they leave behind but should also be taken seriously as they spread many deadly diseases.


Any area that has standing water can be a breeding site for mosquitoes and eventually become areas where mosquitoes fly. They also land on plants and areas of vegetation when they are resting from their flight. Thus it is common to see areas that contain both plants and water have high mosquito populations.


Mosquito bites can be a very big nuisance. They can also be deadly if the mosquitoes are carrying the diseases that they are known for. Call Recon Pest Services to help you combat your mosquito infestation. Our Mosquito Air Support Service is top notch and will protect your family.


Q: How do I have so many mosquitoes?

A: Homes that have standing water normally have a lot of mosquitoes. Sometimes this means it’s coming from your neighbor’s properties and not your own.

Q: How can I determine where the mosquitoes are coming from?

A: This can be particularly tricky because mosquitoes can breed in as little as a teaspoon of water. So finding out where they’re coming from can be a real challenge. However, the best places to start are larger water sources.

Q: Will watering my lawn or garden cause an infestation of mosquitoes?

A: This depends primarily on the area surrounding the watered plants. If it’s suited heavily for moisture to be retained, then it’s more likely. Give us a call if you need help determining this.

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Recon Pest Services
9989 J Street
Omaha, NE 68127
Phone: 402-227-3266
Omaha Metro Area