Mosquito

Actual Size:  ⅛” to ⅜”

Characteristics: Gray to black; some having white, green or blue markings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing water sources such as ponds, rain gutters, storm drains, old tires, children’s wading pools, and birdbaths.

Habits:

  • Mosquitoes rest during the day away form the sun, favoring dusk and dawn to feed and be active
  • Mosquitoes transmit some of the world’s most dangerous diseases
  • They can fly several miles in a single night depending on wind currents
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Mosquitoes in Santa Fe and Albuquerque NM

Mosquitoes are the most dreaded pest worldwide due to the fact that they transmit some of the most deadly diseases. Most people just consider them to be a nuisance pest, but they’re much more dangerous. Certain species of mosquitoes transmit diseases such as malaria, West Nile, and Zika. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people every year, with the majority of these deaths due to malaria. There are about 200 different species of mosquitoes found throughout the United States, with habitats ranging from deserts, areas below sea level, and even mountain meadows where the elevation is over 10,000 feet.

Mosquito Habitat

When it comes to their habitat, mosquitoes aren’t very picky. They will breed and live in any area that provides them sources of standing, stagnant water. This certainly means they’re common around marshes and lakes, but they can easily infest residential yards in the Santa Fe NM area.

Around homes, they’re found in kiddie pools, metal buckets, flower pots, and any object that collects rainwater or excess water from irrigation systems. This underscores the importance of homeowners regularly checking their property for containers that could be collecting water, which is sure to invite mosquitoes to breed nearby.

Mosquito Behaviors, Threats, & Dangers

Many species of mosquitoes require a blood meal before feeding. Mosquitoes will bite people and animals at will when feeding at dawn and dusk. There are usually no major side effects besides the red itchy marks or welts. However, certain species of mosquitoes will transmit diseases that cause a wide range of symptoms. Most people infected with mosquito-transmitted viruses show no symptoms or only mild, flu-like symptoms that may not result in a visit to the doctor. However, severe symptoms following infection occur in a small percentage of people. Mosquitoes are also responsible for transmitting heart worm in dogs.

If you have a mosquito problem, it’s best to seek help from your local mosquito exterminator.