The life cycle of a mosquito is much more complex than we may think. Although they can’t regulate their body temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, mosquitoes are still very much alive throughout the winter months. Here’s what you should know about mosquito life cycles and why these pests seem to disappear in the winter.
- Adults lay eggs and die in winter
Typically, each life cycle begins when temperatures reach below 50 degrees fahrenheit. Female mosquitoes find a collection of water, sometimes less than ½ an inch deep, and lay their final eggs for the season. Both the adult males and females eventually die due to the cold while their eggs that were laid enter a state of diapause – a process that halts their development during the coldest months.
- Eggs hatch in spring and begin feeding
When temperatures begin to warm during spring, the eggs come out of diapause and begin to hatch. These new mosquitos begin developing into full adults and typically seek out blood to feed on.
- New adult mosquitoes become dangerous to your family
When mosquito larvae hatch during the spring, offspring of infected mosquitoes may be carrying Zika Virus, and other dangerous diseases, making them not only a nuisance, but a threat to the safety of your family. One preventative measure to protect your family from mosquitoes is to eliminate bodies of water around your home – including flower pots, bird baths, and clogged gutters. Also consider drilling holes in other vessels which may accidentally catch and store rain – such as wheelbarrows and trash cans.
- Command Pest Control saves the day!
Sometimes, it takes more than preventative measures to handle a problem as rampant as mosquitos. Command Pest Control exterminators have the extensive training and specialized equipment required to quickly get rid of mosquitos on your property. To learn more about Command Pest’s extensive expertise in mosquito control, visit our Mosquito Control page and schedule your appointment today.
In celebration of our favorite number-themed holiday, Pi Day, we’ve consolidated some of our favorite, freaky statistics on pests. Ready to have your skin crawl? Take a look. They say numbers don’t lie…read more →
We don’t mean to scare you (actually we do), but your family isn’t the only one living in your home. That’s right, folks. Whether you see them or not, your home is a target to creepy, crawly, cringe-inducing critters. If they aren’t paying rent, it’s time to send them packing. To find out how, take a look at the five things that every homeowner should know about pest control.
From damage-causing termites, to disease-carrying rodents and everything in between, our Command Pest Control technicians encounter a lot of different types of pests each day. The worst kind, though? The stinging ones. More specifically– the clinch-your-fists, no-shame-in-crying, scream-like-a-girl stinging ones. We like to categorize these as simply “insects we hope to never encounter.” Take a look.
As pest control specialists, you might expect us to refer to all pests as “bad bugs.” Although we appreciate a good alliteration, that statement is simply untrue. Instead, bugs tend to differentiate themselves into different categories– the good, the bad and the ugly.
“That time” of winter has finally hit. The time when the temperature shifts from biting cold to full-scale gnawing cold, and all Arkansas natives retreat to the comfort of their homes to pile on blankets, light the fireplace and cheer on their favorite AFC or NFC teams in the Super Bowl. What if we told you though, that humans aren’t the only ones trying to find a cozy home to watch the big game in? That’s right– pests are looking for winter homes too! Learn about who your team’s opponent is and how to keep your home off their roster.
At Command Pest Control we pride ourselves on being able to send pests packing. In order to do that though, we have to be able to identify which pests have claimed your home as their own. This month, meet one of the least harmful, yet most annoying, pests that might visit you this fall– the cluster fly.
In order to rid your home of the creepy crawlies that have infested, it’s important to be able to identify them. This month, meet one of fall’s most frequent visitors, the boxelder bug.
Summer has officially left town, and there’s a sense of celebration in the air because it took the season’s swarming mosquitoes with it. You can finally relax critter-free, right? While fall has its benefits, it unfortunately isn’t immune to pest problems. In order to treat these issues, it’s important to be able to identify them. That’s where our pest profiles come in. This month, meet the stink bug.
They’re big. They’re creepy. They may be living around your home. But they’re not the same. We often hear water bugs and cockroaches used interchangeably to label any creepy crawly that’s brown and unsightly. There are certain differences that set them apart though, and those differences can help you determine your next course of action.