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Mosquito Guide

Mosquito Identification & Prevention Guide

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes have slender bodies, antennae, long legs, and like other flies, only two wings. Female mosquitoes are biting, blood-feeding pests that require blood meals to create viable eggs. They feed on a variety of animal hosts, including people, birds, livestock, and wildlife. Mosquitoes are prolific breeders that thrive in warm, humid weather and live in large populations across the Southern United States.

Aedes

Aedes "Tiger" Mosquitoes

Aedes "tiger" mosquitoes are floodwater mosquitoes. The females prefer to lay their eggs in damp soil where flooding occurs or inside containers that collect rainwater. They are survivors and challenging to control. Their eggs dry out during periods of dry weather, but they hatch as soon as the ground becomes saturated with water. Aedes "tiger" mosquitoes have a dark brown to black abdomen with white scales on their thorax that form a violin-like pattern. Their hind legs have white banding around each of the tarsal segments. These mosquitoes feed throughout the day and night and are known for inflicting painful bites.


Anopheles Mosquitoes

Anopheles

Female Anopheles mosquitoes lay their eggs on the water's surface, preferring clean water, not stagnant water. They often choose to lay their eggs in water in marshes, swamps, ponds, and slow-flowing rivers. Anopheles mosquitoes prefer to feed at dusk and dawn and are identified by their dark brown or black color. These mosquitoes can carry and spread malaria.

 

 

 


Culex Mosquitoes

Culex

Culex mosquitoes have gray bodies with white, silver, green or iridescent blue scales. After female Culex mosquitoes have a blood meal, they lay their eggs in rafts on the surface of standing water in either man-made or natural containers. The adults don't usually travel too far from where they hatch. They are known as aggressive biters and feed from dusk until after dark. Culex mosquitoes are a leading carrier of the West Nile virus.

 

 

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Why Choose Tuxedo Mosquito Control?

What are the signs of mosquitoes?

You will most likely hear mosquitoes before you see them. As they fly, their wings create an annoying buzzing sound. If mosquitoes are on your property, you will also see swarms of them. They are typically around areas of standing water and flowering vegetation. Males and females both feed on plant nectar and other sweet liquids as their primary food source.

If you have standing water on your property, mosquitoes will take advantage of it. Mosquito larvae are called wrigglers, and if mosquitoes are breeding on your property, you will see the larvae wriggling around in areas of standing water.

Sometimes you won't notice when a mosquito bites you; this is especially true at night while you are sleeping. Waking up with itchy mosquito bites is an indicator that there is an opening in your home's exterior that is allowing them access inside.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Mosquitoes are extremely difficult to control. The best solution is partnering with a professional that will implement a regular mosquito control service. At Tuxedo Mosquito Control, we offer a monthly mosquito spray service, performed by our highly trained technicians to reduce the number of mosquitoes resting, breeding, and feeding on your property. We are a local, family-owned company and know how to solve mosquito problems and protect your family from bites. Call Tuxedo Mosquito Control today learn more about "Your Total Mosquito Control Solutions."

Can I get rid of mosquitoes myself?

To help you avoid large populations of mosquitoes living on your property, combine our Monthly Mosquito Spray service with the following prevention tips.

  • Place secure screens in open windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Don't prop exterior doors open for long periods.
  • Repair leaky pipes, clogged gutters, and dripping hoses to stop excess moisture from building up around your home.
  • Prune back overgrown shrubs, bushes, trees, and other landscaping that mosquitoes use as shade.
  • Keep the grass on your property cut short.
  • Remove areas of standing water from your property. Keep containers upside down when not in use, maintain pools and other water features on your property, and fill in low-lying areas that collect water.

Learn the differences between our home mosquito control and commercial mosquito control when you contact us today!

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  • "We love this service. Derek is timely, has great communication, and works with you, providing great personal service."
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  • "Joe has been great! He’s very professional, personable, and his treatment of our front and backyard has continuously worked great to keep mosquitos at bay."
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    Mr. Nate H. has been servicing our Buckhead property for the past 10 years. I cannot say enough about his professionalism and work ethic. 100% recommended!

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  • "Quality product!"

    This is my first mosquito season using the mosquito traps. They work beautifully and they do not affect the pollinators. Tuxedo Mosquito delivers a quality product while providing excellent customer service!

    Gayle S.
  • "My technician, Joe Hamby, is the best!"

    Joe has been servicing our property for five years and I can always count on him!

    Patti B.

Our FAQ

Have questions? We are here to help. Still have questions or can't find the answer you need? Give us a call at 678-726-1825 today!

  • How often is the system refilled?

    The frequency of refilling your system will depend on the number of spray nozzles installed, the number of sprays per 24 hours, the severity of the insect problem, and the length of each spray cycle. Tuxedo Mosquito Control furnishes each customer with a chart that shows exactly how long a tank of insecticide will last based on a particular spray cycle. The system shuts itself off when there are two or three inches of liquid left in the tank.

    You can read more here about how often our mosquito misting systems are refilled.

  • What are the installation and operation requirements?

    Yes, we do! Our mosquito misting systems spray at regular intervals whenever they are needed. The system can be manually turned on and off at any time.

    You can read more here about seasonal mosquito misting in Atlanta, Charleston, and Nashville.

  • How will my mosquito misting system look on a residential or commercial property?

    Tuxedo Mosquito Control mosquito misting systems thoroughly eliminate mosquitoes while remaining discreet and unobtrusive, whether on a residential or commercial property.

    You can read more here about how our mosquito misting systems appear.

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