Mosquito Control NYC

Appearance

Size: Usually no larger than ⅛ of an inch

Color and Features: Most varieties are brown or black in color with striped abdomen, clear wings, long legs and proboscis extending from their face. They are most known for their bites which can cause persistent swelling and itching.

A mosquito on a white background.

Mosquito Control and Prevention

Problematic Conditions

Problematic Conditions

Mosquitoes love heat and moisture but don’t manage well in the wind. They shun direct sunlight and tend to be most active at dusk or in shady areas. Mosquitoes live and (more importantly) reproduce in sources of standing water. Getting rid of stagnant water around your building is the most important way to prevent mosquito infestations.

Find and fix leaks, stop run-off, empty containers and bins where rainwater collects and refresh birdbaths often.

Look for mosquito larvae in water in these areas:

  • Drains
  • Gutters
  • Bird baths
  • Fountains
  • Ponds
  • Swimming pools or pool covers with standing water
  • Drainage saucers for plants

When making landscaping decisions, keep in mind that mosquitoes flourish in low lying areas with tall grass or shrubs. They also hide from mid-day sun in leaf piles and hollow trees. A clean, trim yard without pools of water will discourage mosquito populations from moving in. 

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away

For residential apartment buildings and commercial properties with a high volume of mosquitoes, a mosquito control service can reduce populations and limit future reproduction. Assured Environments serves properties and businesses with a safe and effective system that works for large-scale mosquito control.

Treatment Protocol

Assured Environments utilizes the In2Care mosquito control system. Our customized, powerful treatment goes beyond conventional barriers and repellents to quickly kill mosquitoes and larvae. This “mosquito trap” delivers multiple key benefits:

  • Immediately works to quickly kill present mosquitoes
  • Keeps working for weeks
  • Effective even on hard-to-control urban species
  • Active ingredient protected from weather and irrigation by a polymer layer 

A pest control professional sets a mosquito trap.

Personalized Protection Plans

Your trained Assured technician inspects and identifies trouble spots that may attract mosquitoes. They study your particular needs and design an effective protection plan that works quickly to kill mosquitoes and larvae in the area.

The zone of protection we create continues to provide additional defense for weeks. To maintain effectiveness, we’ll target foliage and structures that may attract mosquitoes with monthly or seasonal applications.

4 step mosquito control plan.

Mosquito Facts and Identification

Behavior and Diet

Mosquitoes are found everywhere in the world except Iceland and in arctic regions. They become active anytime temperatures rise above 50°F but need water to breed.

Contrary to popular belief, only female mosquitoes drink blood. They require the protein and amino acids in blood to produce eggs. Mosquitoes find blood by sensing the carbon dioxide exuded by the humans and other animals by using a special chemosensory system.

Mosquitoes mate and lay eggs in standing water. They’re also attracted to warmth and sugar. Consequently, mosquitoes tend to flock to food, sugary beverages, and hot, humid areas.

Mosquito Life Cycle

A single female mosquito can lay between 100 and 300 eggs at a time and and can produce up to 3,000 eggs within only a couple of weeks. Mosquito eggs hatch 24 to 48 hours after they’re laid. Mosquitoes have a four-stage life cycle.

Mosquito development rate depends largely on environmental temperature. In warm environments they develop extremely quickly, growing from egg to reproductive adult in days. In colder environments, a single generation of mosquitoes could live for several months.

Diagram showing the mosquito life cycle from egg to larvae to adult.

More Information

The EPA’s page on Mosquito Control

American Mosquito Control Association “Mosquito Info” About page

A young girl with large swollen mosquito bites on her arm.

How To Stop Mosquitoes from Itching

To stop mosquito bites from itching, apply aloe vera or calamine lotion to the bite site. Applying an ice pack will help reduce swelling. People who experience a stronger, allergic reaction can take an antihistamine to relieve itching and reduce discomfort. If you develop severe symptoms such as headache, fever, nausea or body aches, see a physician immediately. 

Find Mosquito Control Near Me

For properties facing mosquito infestations in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas, Assured Environments provides the most effective mosquito control solutions available. Getting started is easy, contact our team today.

Close up of mosquito larvae swimming in water.

Mosquito FAQ

Are mosquitoes insects?

Yes, like all other insects (arthropods), mosquitoes have a head, thorax, and abdomen containing specialized organelles for interpreting sensory information (the head), for locomotion (the thorax) and for egg development and digestion (the abdomen). Their name means "little fly."

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are considered one of the deadliest creatures on earth. They are the most medically significant and dangerous transmitters of disease in the world.

How long do mosquitoes live?

On average, mosquitoes live 2-3 weeks. Males die much sooner than females, only lasting 10 days while females can live up to 60 days.

When do mosquitoes come out in New York?

Mosquitoes do best in warm weather. Once the mercury rises above 70 degrees they buzz into active mode. In New York, that usually means mosquito season is from April to October.

What attracts mosquitoes?

Consensus says several things attract mosquitoes including strong bright or dark colors, perfumes and scents, sweets, sweat and carbon dioxide.

Why do mosquito bites itch?

When a female mosquito bites you, it’s to get to your blood. They achieve this by inserting their proboscis – a long, straw like snout - into your skin. To keep your blood from coagulating while they drink, mosquitoes inject an anticoagulant under your skin. This is what causes the itch and irritation you feel.

Do mosquitoes bite dogs?

Yes. Mosquitoes will get blood meals from any source they can find, even your pets.

What are scents that repel mosquitoes?

Citronella, lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus, cedarwood and rosemary have all been proven to deter mosquitoes.

How you get rid of mosquitoes?

Beyond the methods listed above, if your New York mosquito infestation is keeping you indoors, call the pros at Assured Environments. We can treat your property to keep mosquitoes away and keep new swarms from hatching.

What do mosquitoes eat?

Male mosquitoes subsist mostly on plant nectar. Female mosquitoes need protein to produce their eggs and get this through blood. This is why they bite you.

When do mosquitoes go away?

In the summer, mosquitoes tend to be dormant during peak sunny hours and come out at night. During the fall, mosquitoes thin and stop being active when temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can mosquitoes spread HIV?

No. Despite being vectors for a number of diseases, there is no evidence that mosquitoes transmit or spread HIV.