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How to Identify and Remove Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they are carriers of some of the world's most deadly diseases, including malaria, dengue fever, Zika virus, and West Nile virus. As such, identifying and removing mosquitoes from your environment is not only a matter of comfort but also a critical component of public health. This blog post will guide you through the steps to identify mosquitoes and effectively remove them from your surroundings.

Identifying Mosquitoes

The first step in dealing with mosquitoes is knowing how to identify them. Mosquitoes are small, flying insects with slender bodies, six legs, and elongated mouthparts used to pierce the skin and feed on blood. They are most active during dawn and dusk but can also be found throughout the day in shaded areas.

Look for Breeding Sites

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant or slow-moving water. Common breeding sites include bird baths, clogged gutters, garden ponds, unused swimming pools, and any containers that can hold water for more than a few days. Inspecting your property for these potential breeding grounds is crucial in mosquito identification and control.

Recognize Mosquito Activity

Mosquito activity can often be recognized by their distinctive buzzing sound or by seeing them land on skin or other surfaces. They are attracted to carbon dioxide exhaled by humans and animals, as well as body heat and certain body odors.

Removing Mosquitoes

Once you've identified mosquitoes or their breeding sites around your home or workplace, the next step is removal. Here are effective strategies for mosquito control:

Eliminate Standing Water

Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, eliminating these sources is the most effective way to reduce their population. Drain bird baths, tires, buckets, planters, toys, or any container that holds water on a weekly basis.

Use Mosquito Repellents

Applying insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus on exposed skin can deter mosquitoes from biting. Follow the product instructions for reapplication times if you're going to be outside for an extended period.

Install Screens on Windows and Doors

To prevent mosquitoes from entering your home or office space, install screens on all windows and doors. Repair any tears or gaps immediately to maintain an effective barrier against these pests.

Consider Biological Control Options

For larger bodies of water that cannot be easily drained (like garden ponds), consider introducing natural predators of mosquito larvae such as fish species that feed on them (e.g., goldfish). Bacterial larvicides like Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) can also be used safely in water without harming other wildlife.

Professional Pest Control Services

In cases where mosquito infestation is severe or difficult to manage with DIY methods alone, professional pest control services may be necessary. These experts have access to more powerful tools and techniques for reducing mosquito populations safely and effectively. Environmental Pest Control has a dedicated program to remove mosquitoes called the Mosquito & Tick Seasonal Plan. Call today for your free over the phone estimate!


Identifying and removing mosquitoes requires vigilance and ongoing effort due to their ability to breed quickly in suitable conditions. By understanding how to recognize these pests and taking proactive measures to eliminate them from your environment—either through DIY methods or with professional help—you can significantly reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases while enjoying outdoor activities more comfortably. Remember that community-wide efforts are often necessary for long-term control; working together with neighbors can amplify your impact in making your local area safer from these dangerous insects.

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