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Mosquitoes are quite possibly the most annoying and dangerous of the common biting insects. Not only are they a frustrating nuisance that can be found nearly everywhere, they are known disease carriers. Most people do not realize just how serious a health threat these insects can pose.

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What do mosquitoes look like?

Mosquitos are small (¼” - ⅜”) flying insects and usually gray or brown in color. Although they have six legs, their preferred mode of transportation is with their one pair of scaled wings.

Quick mosquito facts

  • Only females bite and require a blood meal to reproduce

  • Need the smallest amount of water to breed

  • Rest in tall grass and shady places 

  • Are most active at dawn and dusk

  • Transmit serious disease to people and animals

Mosquito habits and behaviors

Mosquitoes spend the majority of their time looking for food sources. They track potential sources by detecting body heat and exhaled carbon dioxide. Females are the only mosquitoes that bite.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Yes, most certainly. Mosquitoes can carry many diseases that are serious threats to humans and animals. Malaria, Yellow fever, encephalitis and West Nile Virus are just a few of the disease they can carry.

Does Aiken offer relief from mosquitoes?

Yes! We have a thorough mosquito control program to help eliminate current mosquito problems. We can also help put into place preventative measures that will help your property appear less attractive to mosquitoes, therefore drastically decreasing your exposure to them.

 
 
 

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