What are mosquitoes & ticks?
Mosquitoes have slender, fly-like bodies with long legs and narrow wings covered in fine hair. They have extended mouthparts called proboscises that they use for piercing and feeding. Their color patterns are species-specific; most species are black, dark brown, or black and white. Mosquitoes are parasitic pests, although only the females who consume blood. They require the protein found in blood to create their eggs. Both females and males feed on nectar and other plants fluids as their main food source.
Ticks are also parasitic pests; however, the blood of people, pets, and wild animals is their only source of food. They use their specialized, biting mouthparts to feed. Adults are wingless and have oval-shaped bodies with eight legs. Two of the most common species of ticks living throughout greater Fairfax, Virginia include deer ticks and wood ticks.
Deer ticks are a very small species of tick, they are a dark reddish-orange color and have darker almost black legs. Deer ticks are commonly found in and around wooded areas. As their name suggests adults primarily feed on the blood of white-tailed deer. But, they will also feed on dogs, cats, rodents, and humans.
Wood ticks are also commonly known as American dog tick. They are brown with whitish or yellowish colored markings. Their favorite host is the domestic dog, but they will also feed on the blood of a variety of other animals and people.
Are mosquitoes & ticks dangerous?
Yes, both mosquitoes and ticks are considered to be dangerous. These pests are a threat because of the diseases they are capable of spreading. Mosquitoes here in greater Fairfax, VA and all throughout the United States spread things like encephalitis, West Nile virus and Zika virus; they also transmit parasitic heartworms to dogs, which has the potential to be fatal. Deer ticks spread Lyme disease, and wood ticks spread diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.
Why do I have a mosquito & tick problem?
Mosquitoes live, breed, and feed outside, and can find their way onto any property. Properties with areas of standing water are most attractive to mosquitoes, as this is where females lay their eggs. Ticks are introduced onto your property by wild animals like deer, mice, raccoons, squirrels, and skunks, and thrive on properties that offer dark, moist areas for them to hide out in. Ticks may lay eggs on your property before they attach to another animal, but most species are unable to live successfully inside of our homes.
Where will I find mosquitoes & ticks?
Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, swarming around areas of standing water and feeding on flowering vegetation or the blood of humans and animals. During the middle of the day when temperatures are at their highest point, mosquitoes rest in tall grasses and other areas of dense vegetation. Mosquitoes are mainly outdoor pests but will sometimes find their way inside through open doors and windows, holes in screens, and gaps around windows and doors while searching for food.
Ticks hide out in shady, humid areas. They are typically found in high numbers in spots where wooded areas meet lawns. They also wait in tall grasses, vegetation around ponds and lakes, and in ditches along roadways for new hosts that they can crawl onto. Once on a host, ticks will latch on and feed until their bodies become swollen.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes & ticks?
If mosquitoes and ticks have become a problem in your home or on your property, it is best to seek the help of a pest control professional. When you partner with the licensed experts here at Miche Pest Control, you will have the peace of mind to know that mosquito and tick numbers will be greatly reduced. Our friendly, highly trained professionals use effective and modern pest control methods and products to control mosquitoes, ticks and other common pests living in and around your home or business. To learn more about our exceptional mosquito and tick control services throughout our service areas in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., contact Miche Pest Control today!
How can I prevent mosquitoes & ticks in the future?
Preventing problems with mosquitoes and ticks is difficult, but we want to help you defend your property against mosquitoes and ticks with these helpful prevention tips:
Remove bird feeders from your property and keep lids on trash cans to prevent wild animals that may carry ticks from using them as food sources.
It is very important to place pets on year-round tick control programs under the guidance of their veterinarian.
To eliminate mosquito breeding sites, remove all standing water from your property and from containers that can collect water.
Keep your lawn cut short, place a perimeter between your lawn and wooded areas, and trim back tree branches and bushes to allow the sun to dry out the soil.
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