Most often you’ll be swatting mosquitoes away when you’re staying outside, trying to enjoy your time in your yard on a summer evening. But it can also happen that you encounter these pesky insects inside your home.
Mosquitoes are considered one of the most irritating pests during the warmer months. Typically, they can be found in places with high humidity and they survive by sucking blood from humans and animals.
When you’re relaxing at home after a long day of work or sleeping at night, the last thing you want to worry about is being bitten by one or several of these insects. If you suddenly keep finding a lot of mosquitoes inside your home, it can leave you asking where they are coming from. So it’s probably time to start an investigation.
Keep reading to learn more about what brings mosquitoes to your home and how long they can stay there.
Where Are The Mosquitoes In Your House Coming From?
If you’re wondering why the mosquitoes have come into your house, the answer is that they are typically looking for water. There’s a high chance of increased mosquito activity if your house is near standing water or has sites with a constant water source like clogged rain gutters or old tires collecting rainwater.
House plants are also known to draw these pests inside the house. Flower vases and plates under flower pots are notorious for having mosquito larvae develop in them.
These insects are also looking for warm, dark places that have plenty of moisture. They also seek shelter from wind and adverse weather conditions and therefore, may fly into the house in search of shelter and shade.
The main way they get inside is by sneaking in while you are entering or exiting your house. Mosquitoes can always find a way to slip into every small entrance. They will actively seek cracks in windows, doors, and any openings that are large enough for them to fit through. Then, they might get trapped inside the house.
When at home, these bothersome creatures can commonly be found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements. Outdoors, you may find a mosquito nest buried in the grass, leaves of plants, flower beds, overgrown shrubberies, and similar places. To take the necessary steps to eliminate mosquitoes, first conduct a survey of your property and see if you can find any of these areas.
Do Mosquitoes Live Inside A House And How Long Can They Live?
The next question you might ask yourself is how long can adult mosquitoes potentially stay alive indoors.
The lifespan of a female mosquito depends to a great extent on the level of heat and moisture in their surrounding environment. After the female mosquitoes are done with their blood-sucking rampage, they can live indoors for quite a long time.
While the average mosquito lifespan is from four days to a month, or two months under ideal conditions, most female mosquitoes that feed daily can survive for around two or three weeks inside the house. Even though most mosquito species won’t last that long, it can still seem like an eternity when dealing with these irritating bugs.
On the other hand, when you’ve got a male mosquito in your home, it will only live between 6 to 9 days. But these are not to be feared as male mosquitoes will not bite you.
That said, mosquitoes can live, breed, and lay their eggs in your home. They will hide in dark, humid places such as under sinks, under furniture, in showers, or in closets. Once a female mosquito bites, it can start laying eggs indoors. Given the proper circumstances, it can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. The larvae will begin to develop in standing water. Therefore, a single mosquito making its way indoors could quickly become a big problem.
Mosquitoes in the home are not only annoying but can be very dangerous as they transmit diseases like malaria and dengue. Unfortunately, if they take up residence in your house, getting rid of these unwelcome guests may take some vigilance and know-how. Therefore, your best option is to seek the help of a knowledgeable specialist.
Contact us today for more advice on how to get rid of mosquitoes in your home and learn more about the safe and effective mosquito control services we offer.
When you call American Pest Control to rid your Northeast Georgia home or business of mosquitoes, you are really dealing with seasoned and licensed experts on the subject. Our technicians are passionate about customer satisfaction and always go above and beyond to ensure that, when they leave, your home is completely mosquito free.