There are over 3,500 different types of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are small winged insects that are usually dark brown or black in color. In Spanish, their name means “little fly”. They are commonly found in the southern regions of the United States. However, they can be found just about anywhere in the country. Mosquitoes tend to thrive in tropical, subtropical, or more humid climates, much like cockroaches. Standing and floodable/tidal waters attract mosquitoes, as it provides the perfect breeding ground. Female mosquitoes are the ones that feed on humans. A blood meal is necessary for mosquitoes to be able to produce eggs. Mosquitoes are also active around the clock, feeding both day and night.
Mosquitoes are harmful because their bite can often result in an itchy, raised bump on the bitten area or sometimes even a rash. Mosquitoes can also carry different diseases with them, and have been known to spread horrible viruses throughout the world. These diseases are transmitted through the bite when the infected saliva enters your bloodstream. The most common dangerous diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitoes are the West Nile virus and malaria.
Mosquitoes can be treated around your home, especially with the help of a professional. However, there are a few things you can do to help in the meantime.