Saturday, April 29, 2017
mosquitoMosquitoes are insects belonging to the order Diptera, the True Flies. Like all True Flies, they have two wings, but unlike other flies, mosquito wings have scales. Female mosquitoes' mouthparts form a long piercing-sucking proboscis. Males differ from females by having feathery antennae and mouthparts not suitable for piercing skin. A mosquito's principal food is nectar or similar sugar source.

The female mosquito (in almost all species) sucks the blood of mammals, including humans. Mosquito bites often swell up hours after happening, causing a red ringed white bump about a centimeter in diameter. This bump can itch for days and over-scratching the bite can cause it to bleed. Continued over-scratching can cause scars. Mosquito bites can transmit diseases, such as malaria and West Nile Virus, so authorities in many areas take measures to reduce mosquito populations through pesticides or more organic means. An easy way to reduce mosquito populations in a residential area is the removal of standing water (where mosquitoes breed), and the use of repellents, such as DEET.

At least 50 species of mosquitoes are found in Mississippi. The majority of these species have little impact upon our daily lives. Most mosquitoes prefer to feed on animals other than humans and are rarely encountered. However, mosquitoes that do feed on humans can not only cause local skin irritation, but sometimes transmit disease.

Mosquito Control Contact

con_tel Phone: 601-634-4538
con_fax Fax: 601-631-3720
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con_addressPhysical Address:
City of Vicksburg
Mosquito Control Department
1080 Army Navy Drive
Vicksburg, Ms 39180 

con_addressMailing Address:
City of Vicksburg
Mosquito Control Department
PO Box 150
Vicksburg, MS 39181