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What are Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are small, flying insects belonging to the family Culicidae, known for their ability to feed on the blood of animals and humans. They are found worldwide and are particularly prevalent in warm, humid climates. While mosquitoes are best known for their itchy bites, they also play important roles in ecosystems as pollinators and food sources for other animals.
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Physical Characteristics:

Mosquitoes have several physical features that distinguish them from other insects:

  • Small Size: Mosquitoes are typically small, ranging in size from 3 to 6 millimeters in length.

  • Long, Thin Legs: Mosquitoes have long, thin legs that they use for flying and landing on surfaces.

  • Wings: Mosquitoes have two pairs of wings covered in scales, which enable them to fly efficiently.

  • Proboscis: Female mosquitoes have a long, needle-like mouthpart called a proboscis, which they use to pierce the skin of their hosts and feed on blood. Male mosquitoes do not feed on blood and have a more blunt proboscis used for feeding on nectar and other plant fluids.


Mosquitoes can be found in a wide range of habitats, including:

  • Freshwater Habitats: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant or slow-moving water sources such as ponds, lakes, marshes, and puddles.

  • Urban Areas: Mosquitoes are common in urban environments, where they breed in artificial containers such as buckets, flower pots, and gutters.

  • Tropical Regions: Mosquitoes thrive in warm, humid climates and are particularly prevalent in tropical regions around the world.


Mosquitoes exhibit several behaviors that are characteristic of the family Culicidae:

  • Blood Feeding: Female mosquitoes require blood to develop their eggs and will seek out hosts by detecting carbon dioxide, body heat, and other chemical cues.

  • Breeding: Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, where they hatch into larvae and develop into pupae before emerging as adults.

  • Nocturnal Activity: Mosquitoes are primarily active during dawn and dusk, although some species may also feed during the day or at night.

Ecological Importance:

Mosquitoes play important roles in ecosystems as:

  • Pollinators: Some mosquito species act as pollinators, feeding on nectar from flowers and transferring pollen between plants.

  • Food Sources: Mosquitoes serve as food for a variety of animals, including birds, bats, fish, and other insects.

Interactions with Humans:

While mosquitoes are important members of ecosystems, they can also be vectors for diseases that affect humans and animals:

  • Disease Transmission: Mosquitoes are known vectors for diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, Zika virus, West Nile virus, and chikungunya, among others.

  • Itchy Bites: Mosquito bites can cause itching, swelling, and discomfort in humans, and may also transmit pathogens that cause allergic reactions or secondary infections.

Control and Prevention:

Controlling mosquito populations and preventing mosquito-borne diseases often involves:

  • Eliminating Breeding Sites: Removing standing water from containers, gutters, and other areas where mosquitoes breed can help reduce mosquito populations.

  • Using Insect Repellents: Applying insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or other effective ingredients can help prevent mosquito bites.

  • Wearing Protective Clothing: Wearing long sleeves, pants, and socks, and using mosquito nets while sleeping can help reduce the risk of mosquito bites.




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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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