I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.
There are many types of mosquitoes that can cause problems for Americans, including Anopheles mosquitoes. Here are three things you need to know about Anopheles mosquitoes.
How are Anopheles mosquitoes identified?
Anopheles mosquitoes have pale to dark brown bodies, and on their wings, they have four dark spots. They also have a rather distinctive feeding pattern. If one of these mosquitoes lands on you and starts to feed, you'll notice that it holds its body at a 45 degree angle instead of keeping its body straight like other types of mosquitoes do. Compared to other types of mosquitoes, Anopheles mosquitoes also have very long palps. The palps are the mouthpieces that mosquitoes use to feed.
Where are Anopheles mosquitoes found?
Anopheles mosquitoes are salt marsh mosquitoes which means that they like to live in wetland areas that are regularly flooded by ocean tides. Salt marsh ecosystems, and therefore Anopheles mosquitoes, can be found along both the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf Coast of the United States. If you live in either of these coastal areas, you could encounter Anopheles mosquitoes inside your home or in your backyard.
Why are Anopheles mosquitoes a concern?
These mosquitoes don't just annoy you with their bites; they're also vectors for malaria. If you're bitten by an Anopheles mosquito that carries malaria parasites, you could get sick. Malaria generally causes cold-like or flu-like symptoms, but in some cases, it can lead to organ failure and even death.
It's just a myth that malaria is only a concern for people who travel internationally. In the period between 1957 and 2014, there were 63 outbreaks of locally-transmitted malaria in America. To protect yourself from a similar outbreak, you need to control the population of Anopheles mosquitoes on your property.
How can you control Anopheles mosquitoes?
To keep Anopheles mosquito populations under control, you need to get rid of the water that they use to breed. Pools of clean, unpolluted water around your property—like puddles, birdbaths, and flower pots—provide a place for these mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Carefully inspect your backyard and your house and get rid of any sources of water that mosquitoes could use to breed.
However, it's very hard to get rid of every water source on your property. Water may collect in hard-to-access places like your roof or the knots in your trees, so you'll also need to use insecticides. Improper use of insecticides can make the mosquitoes resistant to the chemicals; carefully follow your chosen product's directions.
If you're having trouble dealing with your Anopheles mosquito problem by yourself, contact a pest control professional like Bug Busters Inc.