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Mosquitoes

If you have spent any time outdoors during the warm months of spring and summer, then you’re likely very familiar with mosquitoes. The blood-sucking flies have been around for millions of years, feeding on all kinds of mammals, including humans. There are so many different species that it's pretty safe to say that nearly every single creature on the planet has had to deal with them in some way, shape or form.

Mosquitoes buzz in your ears and are infamous for the itchy, red, bumps that their bites leave. Mosquitoes are small, but the statistics indicate that the lowly and humble mosquito is actually the deadliest creature on Earth. What’s so deadly about a miniscule insect? Mosquitoes are known vectors of diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria, Zika virus, etc.

Mosquitoes like warm, humid, weather and need to be somewhere near still water. All species of mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and some species can do so in just a cup full of water. Even a simple puddle after a rainstorm can breed mosquitoes.

Are you worried about mosquitoes around your property? Call Ehrlich free at 1-800-837-5520 to book an appointment.

We will schedule a visit from one of our mosquito control specialists to assess your property and discuss treatment options.

Mosquito control solutions

One of the best ways to control mosquitoes is to prevent them from breeding. That's why a comprehensive mosquito control program is important for your property.

Although mosquitoes are famous for their feeding times during the dusk and dawn hours, during the day, they like to rest in cool, damp areas, normally areas thick with vegetation. The best way to keep mosquitoes away from your property is to have a pest control professional conduct a detailed examination of your property before a treatment can be applied. Ehrlich Technicians are trained to spot all areas that mosquitoes use for daytime resting and for breeding purposes.

Your Ehrlich mosquito control Technician will create a barrier around your home that will keep mosquitoes away.  We work with you to develop and implement the most effective mosquito removal and prevention methods for your needs.

Call Ehrlich today at 1-800-837-5520 to discuss treatment methods for your property.

Mosquito bites

Although most mosquito bites are harmless and do not carry the risk of serious illnesses, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in annual reports of mosquito-borne diseases. In particular these include viruses spread by certain mosquito species like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

A person’s chance of becoming ill from a single mosquito bite remains relatively low. Nevertheless, you should always ensure that you take the appropriate steps necessary to prevent mosquitoes from biting you and your family thus reducing the risks in being infected by a serious vector-borne disease.

The best remedy for mosquito bites is not to be bitten at all, of course. If you contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control service, we can discuss how to get rid of mosquitoes around your property and prevent them from coming back. Enjoy your home and yard free of mosquitoes.

What do mosquito bites look like?

Female mosquitoes are attracted to us by our body heat, the carbon dioxide in our breath, perspiration on our skin and even our body odor. They are capable of travelling between 1 - 2 miles in search of a blood meal.

Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices because their mouth parts are not designed for piercing skin and feeding on protein.

Common mosquito bite symptoms

  • Itchy Red Bumps - Visible red bumps that are itchy and that appear on the surface of your skin after a female mosquito has punctured the skin with her thin proboscis to feed on your blood in order to use the protein from the blood to produce eggs.

  • Swelling - Mosquito saliva contains proteins, digestive enzymes and an anticoagulant that prevents our blood from clotting. The protein in their saliva provokes an immune response from your body, namely the redness, swelling and bump, which is what makes a mosquito bite itch so much.

How to get rid of mosquitoes bites

Reaction to bites will vary from person to person. Symptoms that develop are just our immune system’s response to their saliva. Mosquitoes don’t actually inject a virus directly into us when they bite, unless the mosquito has become a carrier for a virus and then it gets into their saliva. Below are some mosquito bite remedy suggestions that will help the mosquito bite stop itching and heal.

Mosquito bite reactions

Most of the time the mosquito bite reactions people have are mild and not a cause for concern. However, there are people who may have a more severe reaction to the bites and these must be taken seriously. There are some who may suffer from a mosquito bite allergy or a general allergy to bites and stings. Young children and those with repeated bites are more likely to develop a severe reaction.

Consult a doctor if:

  • The swelling or pain is so severe that it prevents movement or sleeping.

  • The swelling continues to worsen more than a day after the bite.

  • The bite appears to be infected.


  • Zika Virus

    A virus that has only recently been linked positively to mosquitoes that usually presents little problem for those initially infected. The virus symptoms usually show up as something like rash, fever, muscle aches and other minor ailments. However, the virus has been connected with issues that can occur down the road, including birth defects like microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome.


  • West Nile Virus (WNV)

    A virus that only appeared in the United States in 1999 and is one of the arboviruses that mosquitoes transmit. West Nile can affect people differently and can lead to encephalitis and meningitis and become a serious risk to humans.


  • Canine Heartworm

    Our furry friends are not immune to mosquitoes or their diseases, either. Heartworm is a parasite that exists in mosquito saliva and can cause congestive heart failure in dogs and some cats.


  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

    A serious illness that is famous for infecting and killing horses, but the disease can exist and cause health problems in a variety of mammals, including humans.


  • Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE)

    Another serious, but less deadly, encephalitis disease transmitted by mosquitoes and found primarily in areas west of the Mississippi River.


  • La Crosse Virus (LAC)

    Another version of encephalitis that initially features cold-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fever and headaches and can advance to seizures, coma, paralysis, brain damage and death.


  • St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE)

    First appearing in a major outbreak in St. Louis in 1933, this disease still affects around 128 people in the United States every year. This also often first presents like a cold and gets worse rapidly.


  • Malaria

    Although malaria is not a big concern in the United States right now, it just takes one mosquito to travel to the U.S. having bitten someone infected to start an outbreak. Malaria is a parasite that begins with  flu-like symptoms before becoming much more serious. Generally, it is the Anopheles mosquito that transmits malaria.


  • Dengue Fever

    Another disease that is not common in the U.S. but outbreaks do happen and can happen. Dengue Fever is commonly spread via the Aedes aegypti and can lead to dengue hemorrhagic fever that causes bleeding that can lead to dangerously low blood pressure.

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