No one likes mosquitoes and the itchy red bites they cause. However, mosquitoes are more than just an annoyance. They can also spread dangerous diseases like West Nile. If you think your yard in Chicago, IL might be infested with mosquitoes, it’s time to take control of the situation by identifying the bugs you have and taking steps to prevent an infestation.
There are over 3,000 documented mosquito species, and about 150 of those live in the United States. Most mosquitoes are tiny, measuring less than 15 mm in length. A mosquito generally has wings longer than its body, and those wings often look like they have a fringed border because they are covered in scales.
Mosquitoes also have a long proboscis, which females use to suck blood and males use to drink nectar from flowers. Lastly, mosquitoes generally do not stand flat: they look like they are hunched over.
Many people confuse mosquitoes with midges and crane flies. Midges are tiny insects that tend to swarm, especially around bright lights, but they do not bite or transmit disease. They also have shorter, smoother wings; have straight bodies instead of hunched backs; and lack a proboscis.
Crane flies are similarly harmless. They are larger with very long legs, and they generally do not have a proboscis. Like midges, crane flies have smooth wings and do not hunch their backs.
Prevent an Infestation
Mosquitoes need standing water in order to breed, so if you want to prevent an infestation, eliminate puddles in your yard by taking the following steps:
- Clean out your gutters. Even the piles of damp leaves gutters collect can provide a place for breeding.
- If you have a swimming pool, make sure it is chlorinated, even when you aren’t using it.
- After it rains, take a close look at your property. If you find puddles, keep watch. Puddles that remain for four days are a problem: you’ll need to regrade the area so it drains better.
- If you have an ornamental pond, you have two options: you can keep it aerated so the water keeps moving, or you can stock it with ornamental fish that eat the mosquitoes.
When you take these steps, you can reduce the risk that mosquitoes will take up residence in your yard.
Contact Us for Help
If you need help with mosquito identification or mosquito elimination, make sure to contact Chem-Wise Ecological Pest Management Services in Chicago, IL. We can help you find out which bugs live in your yard, how to prevent an infestation from spreading, and how to deal with the pests you have.
Contact us at 630-236-1600 or by filling out the form on our contact page.