Which animal do you think kills the most humans every year? Surprisingly, the answer is not humans. It’s actually mosquitoes. Mosquitoes have quite literally been a plague on humanity for thousands of years, and only recently have we figured out how to cure or prevent most of the diseases they carry. Today, mosquitoes still wreak havoc in places where modern healthcare has not completely taken hold. No matter what country you’re in, though, we can all agree that a mosquito infestation is bad news. How do you deal with that, though? How do you even tell if you have one? We’ll talk more about that in this article. 

1. Standing Water 

While you can have standing water on your property without necessarily having mosquitoes, it’s still risky.  Mosquitoes tend to flock to stagnant pools of water. A little-known fact about mosquitoes is that they’re entirely aquatic until they reach the adult stage. Female mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water, and the eggs can grow into adults within 10 days. Adult female mosquitoes mate, and use blood as nutrition for their eggs. An adult female can live for up to two months, while males live just over a week. 

Getting rid of standing water in and around your home will help keep mosquitoes away. To a certain extent, this will be beyond your control. You can’t change the fact that your town has a river or a lake. Even so, less standing water may mean fewer mosquitoes. Plus, if they have to lay eggs in a river or lake, they will have to deal with a range of predators. These wouldn’t be present in a bucket of water, or a neglected pool, for instance. It’s also important to note that the larvae of different mosquitoes will often eat each other, so it’s a good idea to make mosquitoes lay eggs in the same place. 

2. Humidity 

Do you happen to live in Northern Canada, Siberia? Or perhaps the middle of the Sahara Desert? If you answered yes, then mosquitoes probably aren’t a major concern. If you live somewhere warm and damp, then you’re at a greater risk for a mosquito infestation. Much like reptiles, mosquitoes are cold-blooded, so they don’t function well in colder environments. We’ve already mentioned that they have to lay their eggs in standing water, so humid areas suit them a lot better. Their need for warm weather and access to water is why you so often hear about mosquitoes, and the diseases they carry, in tropical areas. 

3. Bites 

One of the more obvious signs of a mosquito infestation is unexplained itchy bites. When mosquitoes bite and feed on our blood, they also release a blood thinner to make it flow more freely. However, the itch is not triggered by the blood thinner, but by a group of proteins that are also released. Our bodies recognize these proteins as foreign contaminants and send histamines to deal with them. It’s the histamines that cause the itch. You’ll need to make sure mosquitoes are the culprit, because getting rid of standing water or turning down the thermostat may not help with spiders, fleas, or bedbugs. You can usually tell bedbug and flea bites because they tend to occur in clusters. Bedbug bites occur in groups of three and are usually worse in the morning, but feel better as the day goes on. Flea bites also happen in groups and are often arranged in a line. Flea bites also tend to be lower on the body because fleas can’t fly. Unless you lay down in the grass, you’ll almost always get them on your legs. Mosquito bites, meanwhile, don’t appear in clusters, nor are they confined to one area of our bodies. They’ll usually occur wherever there’s exposed skin. 

4. You Start Seeing Mosquitoes 

Another clear sign of a mosquito infestation is that you start seeing mosquitoes in your Boise home. One or two mosquitoes every now and then doesn’t mean you have an infestation. If they appear frequently, however, you may have a mosquito problem. Look for mosquitoes in shady areas during the daytime. It’s more common for mosquitoes to be active at night, so for everyone you see during the day, many more may come out at night. You may also notice a large number of mosquitoes in your yard. Most infestations usually start in the yard and work their way into the home. 

5. A Buzzing Noise 

If you’ve encountered mosquitoes before, you may have noticed that they make an annoying noise. If there’s a mosquito infestation in your home, this buzzing will be common, and perhaps even constant. If this noise occurs in conjunction with any of the other signs, you should start looking into exterminators. Disease-carrying mosquitoes are not common in the US, but it’s better not to take the risk. 

Signs of a Mosquito Infestation 

Mosquitoes can be a serious problem because mosquitoes can get into people’s homes and cause an infestation. How can you tell if you have a mosquito infestation, though? We’ve talked about a few of the signs in the paragraphs above, but we couldn’t cover all of them. You may want to do more research on your own to make sure you have all the information. Learn more about our mosquito control services and see how we can help you. 

We’d also recommend that you consult an exterminator, like us. We’ve been trained to understand pests and how they operate, so we’ll be able to answer any questions you may have and fix your infestation problem. Feel free to contact us.