Want to Know the Difference Between Male and Female Mosquitoes?

When a mosquito enters a client’s home or business, the last thing they are thinking about is the gender of the bug. However, there are some important differences between male and female mosquitoes. Being aware of these differences can help you to better control the mosquito population around your clients’ homes and businesses.

Male vs. female mosquitoes

From far away, both male and female mosquitoes look alike. But when examined closely, the differences become readily apparent.

For instance, male mosquitoes are considerably smaller than their female counterparts. Additionally, males tend to have bushier antennae. Male mosquitoes also have a broader proboscis than do females. Female proboscises tend to be sharper and narrower, making it easier for them to pierce the skin of animals and humans in their search for blood. 

The physical differences between male and female mosquitoes are interesting, to be sure. But there is also an important difference between male and female mosquitoes in terms of risk to humans. Specifically, males do not bite humans. You heard that right: if you’ve ever suffered a mosquito bite before, it wasn’t from a male, it was from a female.

Male mosquitoes sustain themselves exclusively through plant food sources, such as nectar from flowers. In order to supply their eggs with needed nutrients, however, females must seek out blood. They can sometimes target animals for their blood supply, but human blood often serves as a readily available and preferred source.

Because only females bite humans, only female mosquitoes can transmit disease.

The importance of preventing mosquito bites

Mosquitoes can pose some serious risks to human health. For example, some mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus (WNV), Zika Virus, and many other problematic diseases.

The average person infected with West Nile Virus will demonstrate no signs or symptoms. Unfortunately, a small percentage of the population will be severely affected by this virus. Some people can develop meningitis or other life-threatening issues due to WNV.

Zika Virus symptoms present much like those of West Nile Virus. Many of those affected by the virus will not display any symptoms. Individuals with compromised immune systems and those who are sensitive to illnesses, on the other hand, may become critically ill if they contract Zika virus. 

Common symptoms associated with mosquito borne diseases include:

  • Rash
  • Joint or muscle pain, swelling, or stiffness
  • Lethargy, weakness, or malaise
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms: fever, chills, headache, body aches

As a pest control expert, it’s critical that you take steps to prevent mosquitoes from entering a client’s property to the best of your ability. 

One of the most intuitive ways to prevent mosquito bites is to simply cover our skin as much as possible while we’re outside. This means ensuring that yourself and your employees are wearing hats, long sleeves, and close-toed shoes while treating a clients property.

Another good step to take is to remove any and all standing water from your client’s yard, or recommend that they do so themselves. Any bird baths or puddles that have formed could attract mosquitoes. Address these wet areas promptly and often.

Furthermore, you should also consider investing in an exemplary pest control system, such as the Mistmaster® from Bask.

Mistmaster for mosquito control

The Mistmaster is a 3-in-1 system that can help combat the pest issues of any client. One of the many benefits of the Mistmaster is the fact that it doesn’t have any of the inherent problems associated with the standard pump sprayers and backpack sprayers that may be currently used by your pest control company.

When it comes to preventing mosquitoes on your clients’ property, the Mistmaster offers a number of solutions.

First off, the mist blower can easily cover large, widespread areas such as a client’s backyard or pool deck. This feature distributes a fine, high pressure mist that can cover as much as 110,000 square feet in a single tank. Use the Bask recommended Arkion Life Sciences Stop the Bites treatment in your Mistmaster to eliminate mosquitoes on your client’s property. 

Secondly, the misting wand feature can help you to cover cracks, crevices, and generally tough-to-reach spots with a precise, constant pressure so that your clients are fully protected from these pesky critters. Your clients will appreciate this attention to detail. 

Last but not least, the Mistmaster has a mist station feature. This is a permanent feature which can be installed in any outdoor area in order to consistently keep the bugs at bay. With just the click of a button on our long range remote control, clients can easily distribute their own treatment at their own discretion.

To include an additional offering for your pest control business, become an installer of the Mistmaster misting station! Installing misting stations on a client’s property is beneficial for your pest control company because it will create recurring business opportunities.

Installing the Mistmaster for clients can create the following opportunities for your business:  

  • Renting out the unit to clients/seasonal clients
  • Installing the misting stations and selling unit to client
  • Charging clients for refill of treatment solution in their installed unit
  • Developing a monthly service plan for clients using an installed unit

In the end, your client may not care whether the bug sucking the blood out of his or her arm is male or female. In all likelihood, he or she simply wants these bugs gone!

However, realizing that you only need to target female mosquitoes can provide important insight for targeting your treatments. You can use the Mistmaser to eliminate female mosquitoes from your clients’ properties. As the female mosquitoes look for greener pastures, so will the males.

As is the case with any pest issue, prevention is always best. If you can help your clients find ways to avoid ever getting bitten by a mosquito in the first place, they’ll be in great shape. They can do this in a number of ways:

  • Covering up all exposed areas while outdoors
  • Removing standing water from their yards
  • Getting consistent treatment from your pest control business

If you have any questions about the Bask Mistmaster, our team would be happy to help you. Contact us today! 

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