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What are yellow fever mosquitoes?

Yellow fever mosquitoes are typically 1/4-3/8 of an inch long, adorned with black and white scales on their abdomens. They have red bellies and two sets of identical wings. While both male and female mosquitoes feed on plants using their long needle or proboscis that serves as their mouth, only female mosquitoes actually bite. This is because the female needs to get the protein from animal blood to produce her eggs.

 

a yellow fever mosquito biting a mans hand in search of blood

Where will I find yellow fever mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are most commonly found in or around bodies of water. Female mosquitoes need still water to lay their eggs, which is why yards with the worst mosquito problems usually have sources of stagnant water nearby that mosquitoes use as breeding pools. These locations may be kiddie pools, birdbaths, pooled rainwater, or ponds.

Are yellow fever mosquitoes dangerous?

Yellow fever mosquitoes are among the most dangerous pests in the world. While their disease-spreading capacity is somewhat stifled in western countries compared to other parts of the world, thanks to advances in vaccines and medicines, they can still be hazardous to their victims, playing host to several dangerous diseases. Beyond the yellow fever that they are named for, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can also transmit West Nile virus, chikungunya, dengue, Zika virus, and more.

Why do I have a yellow fever mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, so if your property contains ponds, wading pools, or artificial containers containing stagnant water, you might have inadvertently given them the perfect breeding environment. Mosquitoes also like to hide in bushes or tall grass during the day, so failure to keep up with lawn maintenance could also be an attractant.

Mosquitoes are also known to take harborage in clutter found around lawns, such as old tires or playground equipment. If your lawn is gathering clutter, don’t be surprised if mosquitoes soon appear.

How do I get rid of yellow fever mosquitoes?

The best way to get rid of yellow fever mosquitoes is by preventing them from infesting your yard in the first place. Unfortunately, once they invade, these pests are very difficult to remove on your own. While DIY mosquito treatment methods are available, these methods are usually ineffective at treating the entire problem, and could even end up hurting your home’s surrounding ecosystem. If mosquitoes have taken over your lawn, your safest bet to protect yourself is always to enlist the help of a certified pest control professional.

At Pestmaster® Services, we take great pride in providing effective and environmentally friendly mosquito solutions. Our techniques only harm your mosquito population. Contact us today for more information and to find out if a mosquito treatment program through Pestmaster® Services might be the right solution for your yard.

 

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