The mosquito wins as the most annoying pest. While many pests are scary, disgusting, or downright hated, the mosquito wins the most annoying award. The mosquito wreaks havoc on outdoor events, and heaven forbid you to get one in your bedroom at night and hear that awful buzzing sound!
What are mosquitos?
Thanks to the writers at pestworld.org, “There are over 3,000 types of mosquitoes in the world, and at least 170 of them can be found in North America. Out of these thousands of mosquito species, only a couple are known to feed on human blood, including the Culex genus. This genus of mosquitoes (sometimes referred to as common house mosquitoes) encompasses several species capable of transmitting diseases such as West Nile virus and Japanese encephalitis.
Culex mosquitoes can vary in color, typically appearing gray with white, silver, green or iridescent blue scales. They have two wings, a set of antennae, slender bodies, and long legs. Culex mosquitoes are usually about 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch in length, although their body size can slightly differ depending on how recently they’ve fed. Individually, mosquitoes are very difficult to spot as they fly because of their small size and due to the fact that they are most active at dawn and dusk.”
What to do about mosquito bites!
Culex mosquitoes are known for causing itchy, red spots on your body from their bite. There are a few things you can do to help relieve the symptoms of a mosquito bite:
- Apply over-the-counter ointments and creams directly to the bite
- Clean the bite with soap and water to prevent infections
- Apply ice to temporarily relieve the swelling and itching sensation
- If you experience headaches, fever, or body aches, be sure to contact a medical professional immediately.
Most of us experience the simple annoyance of itching after a mosquito bite. However, at any time, if you become nauseous, lightheaded, or have difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention immediately.
What are a few of the other most annoying insects?
We have given the dubious distinction of the most annoying insect to the mosquito, but let’s talk about a few other annoying insects while we are at it.
Mosquito. According to List25.com, “Let us start with one of the most annoying and notorious insects in the world – the mosquito. However, what is not so well-known about this little bloodsucking pest is the fact that it is also the world’s deadliest animal, being responsible for an estimated 725,000 human deaths each year through the transmission of various diseases.”
Flies. The house fly ranks high on the list of the most common and annoying insects in the world. They are annoying and can transmit disease causing organisms. Excessive fly populations are a problem for farm workers and can pose a serious public health problem. House Flies also carry pathogens on their bodies and in their feces and can contaminate food.
Yellow Jackets and bees in general. Yellow jackets get their name from the black and yellow bands on their abdomens. Most have these markings, yet some appear with white or red bands. Often confused with wasps and hornets, yellow jackets are much more aggressive and territorial. The Yellow Jackets are known to defend their colonies fiercely, and they can deliver multiple, painful stings. The stings may also induce severe allergic reactions in some individuals, occasionally even resulting in death.
Ants. Ants are a common sight and are found on every continent on earth except Antarctica. With over 10,000 ant species, most homeowners will encounter an ant of some variety. Ants are found in our yards, garages, kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces. Some are just nuisances that can be treated easily; others can cause structural damage and require clean-up and construction services post eradication.
Carpenter ants are destructive and dangerous to your home or commercial structures. They got their name because they built tunnels by drilling through the wood, creating a place for their nests. Often, people see these ants outside or even inside their homes or businesses and think they’re “just ants.”
What can I do to eliminate mosquitoes from my home and garden?
Keep it clean– plain and simple. Mosquitoes love water and damp, dark areas of debris.
- Remove standing, stagnant water wherever possible.
- Do not leave yard waste or dead foliage rotting in your yard and around your home.
- Check to ensure your screens are in good condition and there are no entry points near windows or doors.
- Remove old junk and properly dispose of trash and garbage.
- Display some plants that repel mosquitoes: eucalyptus, mint, lavender, and marigolds!
We’ve still got a lot of summertime fun left in us- let’s enjoy it!
Treatments regularly are critical. Accurate Pest Control provides fogging services to your yard, brush perimeter, and dense landscaping. Performing this service regularly throughout the summer perhaps monthly, is recommended.
We offer organic treatments as well.
Do you have an outdoor event or party? We can also do one-time foggings to help reduce the population before an event. We can also install dunks into bodies of water if applicable. Our technicians will review safe treatment options with you. Contact us to learn more.
Resources: List25, Pestworld.org,