Latin Name: Culicidae
Did you know mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on the planet, causing more deaths annually than sharks, snakes, wolves, lions, crocodiles, tigers, bears and humans combined? Crippling, sometimes fatal diseases such as Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue, Yellow Fever, Zika, West Nile virus and more are all spread by mosquitoes. Roughly 700 Million people on Earth contract a mosquito-borne illness likes these each year. 1 million of those die.
During the height of breeding season, these parasites outnumber every other animal on the planet, except for termites and ants. Unfortunately, mosquito bites don’t affect only humans, they also transmit life-threatening parasites and illnesses such as heartworm disease in animals like dogs, cats and horses, too.
There are currently over 3,500 recorded species of mosquitoes—one hundred of which can be found in the United States. While mosquitoes are extremely adaptable and can live in a wide variety of environments, they tend to prefer warmer tropical climates. The females bite and extract blood in order to support the growth of their eggs, which they deposit into shallow water. They tend to live near ponds and marshes, but they’re also attracted to the standing water in birdbaths, buckets and other containers commonly found in residential areas.
What To Do If You Have Mosquitoes
At Cedarcide, we recommend using only all-natural, eco-safe methods for getting rid of mosquitoes. If mosquitoes are ruining your backyard by interfering with outdoor activities like BBQs and garden parties, it’s time to take action. For an extensive guide on removing mosquitoes from your yard, and ultimately your home, read our How To Mosquito-Proof Your Yard Naturally guide.