FAQ - Flies & Mosquitoes
Carbon dioxide (CO2), our breath, is a proven attractant. Warm bodies, dark-colored clothing, and scents like perfume and deodorant also attract female mosquitoes.
The bumps are actually an allergic reaction to mosquito saliva. The reaction can vary from person to person, but usually last no more than 24 hours.
Mosquito is the deadliest creature on the planet according to the World Health Organization. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes millions of deaths every year.
The mosquito feeds on an infected person and picks up the Plasmodium parasite. The parasite develops in the mosquito’s body for about two weeks. When the mosquito feeds, the Malaria parasite is passed on in saliva.
Mosquitoes are relatively fragile insects with an adult life span that lasts about 2 weeks. The vast majority meet a violent end by serving as food for birds, dragonflies and spiders or are killed by the effects of wind, rain or drought.
Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding.
Mosquitoes belong to a group of insects that requires blood to develop fertile eggs. Male mosquitoes do not bite, only female mosquitoes bite people thus. The females are the egg producers and “host-seek” for a blood meal. Female mosquitoes lay multiple batches of eggs and require a blood meal for every batch they lay. Both male and female mosquitoes feed on plant nectar, fruit juices and liquids that ooze from plants. The sugar is burned as fuel for flight and is replenished on a daily basis. Blood is reserved for egg production and is imbibed less frequently.
The length of a fly’s life depends on what kind it is. Houseflies usually live about 15-25 days as adults.
Houseflies, which are the most common kind of pest fly, are known to reproduce quickly and in great numbers. They are also known to enter homes through open doors and windows or by riding on food items like produce.
Most flies do not bite. Flies eat by using their spongy mouthparts and saliva to dissolve food and suck it up. The main kind of fly that bites is the horsefly, a large insect that bites mammals and is known for attacking moving, dark-colored targets.
Stopping a fly infestation requires preventing fly eggs from hatching, the best way to avoid a fly problems can be done by keeping a clean house and routinely taking out garbage so they can’t find food. Here are a few measures you can take:
- Routinely take out the trash, removing it as a source of fly attraction
- Keep surfaces clean and free of leftover food or dirty dishes to prevent them from finding places to land
- Keep doors and windows closed (or keep screens closed while doors and windows are open) to prevent them from entering the home
- Use insect repellent and outdoor fly guards like candles to keep them away
While most flies do not bite and therefore are not harmful to the surface skin, they can carry a lot of diseases. This is a result of them feeding on everything from garbage to fecal matter to rotting produce. In the various places where they find their food, they pick up numerous pathogens that they then carry around with them, such as salmonellosis, typhoid and tuberculosis. They contaminate food and eating surfaces when they land on them, so if you find that flies have landed en masse on a particular item of food, it’s probably best to throw that food away.
PESTOMAN offers an effective solution to flies and mosquitoes infestation which are fast and non-toxic. Our treatment options vary depending on the severity of the flies and mosquitoes problem; we conduct a comprehensive inspection of your property at the time of treatment by one of our Technicians. Our professionals have the training, expertise and technology to eliminate pest infestations.
Regardless of whether you need a pest inspection to determine the presence of flies and mosquitoes or you need affordable extermination, Pestoman Pest Control is here for you. We provide residential and commercial pest control services. Contact our team today to get started!