Mosquitoes are small, Midge-like flies that constitute the family Culicidae. Females of most species are ectoparasites, whose tube-like mouthparts (called a proboscis) pierce the hosts’ skin to consume blood. The word “mosquito” (formed by mosca and diminutive -ito) is spanish for “little fly”.Thousands of species feed on the blood of various kinds of hosts, mainly vertebrates, including mammals, birds, reptiles ,amphibians, and even some kinds of fish. Some mosquitoes also attack invertebrates, mainly other arthropods. Though the loss of blood is seldom of any importance to the victim, the saliva of the mosquito often causes an irritating rash that is a serious nuisance.
There are numerous types of mosquitoes that are what we call “vectors” of carrying diseases. They can carry many different diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, encephalitis, Chikungunya ,West Nile Virus and Zika – the newest mosquito-borne disease of growing concern.
Wearing an insect repellent containing DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient is the best way to prevent mosquito bites but It’s also important to take steps to prevent mosquito breeding grounds around your home, since mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a half an inch of water. If you are concerned about mosquito control on your property, contact Delk Pest Control for service to get rid of them.