There are over 3,000 species of mosquitos worldwide and 200 species in the US. 68 of those species are found in Louisiana and 47 species call East Baton Rouge Parish home, but only about 5 of those species bite humans. All of these different species live in different habitats, lay eggs in different types of standing water and bite different types of animals. Most mosquitos have an average life span of 2 weeks to 5 months. Only female mosquitos bite. They need the protein in blood to produce their eggs.
Keep window screens in place and in good repair.
Keep gutters clean and free of debris.
Dispose of old tires.
Empty all water containers around your house including birdbaths and pet water dishes.
Aerate or stock ornamental pools and ponds with fish.
Protect pools with pumps, filters and proper chlorine levels.
Eliminate resting areas by keeping grass and shrubs trimmed short.
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Mosquito 101 | Mosquito Abatement, www.wbrcouncil.org/Departments/Mosquito-Abatement/Mosquito-101.
“General Information about Mosquitoes.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 27 July 2018, www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/general-information-about-mosquitoes.
“Prevent Mosquito Bites | Features | CDC.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes/index.html.
“Tips for Residents.” Tips for Residents | Baton Rouge, LA, www.brla.gov/447/Tips-for-Residents.