Mosquito

Category:

Actual Size:  ⅛” to ⅜”

Characteristics: Gray to black; some having white, green or blue markings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat:They breed in stagnant, standing water sources such as ponds, rain gutters, storm drains, old tires, children’s wading pools, and birdbaths.

Habits:

  • Mosquitoes rest during the day and are active during dusk and dawn
  • Mosquitoes will bite humans and animals alike on exposed skin
  • They lay eggs –which will hatch in just 2 days–in standing water

Mosquitoes in El Paso TX and Anthony NM

More than any other animal in the world, mosquitoes pose the biggest threat to human life. Data collected by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that more than 1 million people die each year from mosquitoes. Some of the many dangerous diseases they can transmit include West Nile, Zika, and, of course, malaria. There are 200 mosquitoes in the nation, and only a few types of mosquitoes are able to transmit diseases worldwide. For the most part, mosquito bites result in red, itchy welts that heal in a few days. These insects are found in a wide range of environments, from high deserts to mountain ranges and more.

Mosquito Habitat

Mosquitoes can be found anywhere with standing water. Here’s what to know:

  1. Mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant or slow-moving water, so they are commonly found around marshes and lakes.
  2. They only need a half-inch of standing water to live and breed.
  3. Mosquitoes are often found around homes, in kiddie pools, metal buckets, flower pots, and any object that collects rainwater or excess water from irrigation systems.

Because mosquitoes can infest several spots in El Paso residential areas, it’s important for homeowners to regularly check their property for signs of mosquito breeding grounds.

Mosquito Behaviors, Threats, & Dangers

Most mosquito species require a blood meal before they can reproduce a batch of eggs. Many people and animals are bitten by mosquitoes with no side effects except the typical itchy welt. Certain species can transmit disease with their bites. Most people infected with mosquito-transmitted viruses show no symptoms or only mild, flu-like symptoms that may not result in a visit to the doctor. However, severe symptoms following infection occur in a small percentage of people.

If you need help with a mosquito problem, it’s best to enlist the help of your local mosquito exterminators.