The house mosquito is larger than a fly and distinguishable by its long legs, long wings and its proboscis, a straw like mouth used to suck blood or nectar. Both the male and female will drink nectar but only the female will drink blood.
The female House Mosquito deposits eggs in standing water where they remain until they emerge as adults ready to feed. The female injects an anticoagulant to keep the blood from clotting so she can feed freely. Redness, swelling and itching are the result of the human immune system reacting to the anticoagulant.
The house mosquito is one of the deadliest pests on the planet, transmitting disease to humans and animals. If the female mosquito is infected, she transmits that disease to her host when she injects the anticoagulant into her host.
Eliminate standing water, drain and refill pools and birdbaths, add larvae eating fish to ponds.
House Mosquitoes are most active in spring and summer.