What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are a common fly that have a single pair of scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body and six long legs. Contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes do not require blood to live, they actually feed on nectar. The males are not blood drinkers; however, the female of the species requires it in order to lay eggs. Once she lays her eggs, a female mosquito will seek more blood in order to produce more young. She will continue this cycle during her short life span of about two weeks.
Why do I have mosquitoes?
Female mosquitoes need just a thin layer of water to lay her eggs, so unfortunately if you have any standing water on or near your property, you may have mosquitoes. Bird baths, wading pools, tin cans, buckets and old tires are all perfect areas for the female mosquito to lay her eggs. Mosquitoes have also been known to travel as much as 20 miles in search of a blood meal so it is safe to presume that they may also become problematic when no source of water can be located.
Are they dangerous?
Though some may consider mosquitoes an unpleasant nuisance with their buzzing and biting, mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other insect. Mosquitoes feed off both humans and animals, thereby easily infecting host upon host. A single mosquito bite can transmit diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and encephalitis. The well-known and well-publicized West Nile Virus (an Encephalitis virus) first appeared in the Western hemisphere in 1999 and quickly spread to infect people in every state in the US.
What is the warranty?
If you are not satisfied with the results of Sandwich Isle's Pest Prevention Service, we will provide the necessary service at no additional charge. After 30 days, should your pest problem persist, we will continue to provide service at no additional charge until you are satisfied, or we will refund half of your last regular service payment.
How can I prevent this in the future?
Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent so most of our customers choose continuous service to ensure the number of mosquitoes at their home or business is reduced.