What are mosquitoes?
The phrase “everything is bigger in Texas” also applies to mosquitoes. Mosquitoes themselves are small in size but cause big problems for homeowners. The mosquito is a type of fly, and the females bite to consume blood meals from animals or people in order to produce viable eggs.
Mosquitoes are most active in hot, humid weather making Texas a place where they thrive. They swarm in large numbers and make it so we cannot enjoy our outdoor spaces.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are linked to many diseases that can make people ill, like the West Nile virus, chikungunya, dengue, and encephalitis.
In addition to the diseases they spread through their bites, the mosquito bites themselves are unpleasant and uncomfortable. Bite sites usually develop red, raised, itchy welts. Scratching at the bite sites can cause a secondary infection, especially for children.
Another issue with mosquitoes is that their presence on our properties can be stressful. It can be challenging to enjoy your yard while constantly being surrounded and bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can turn your yard from an oasis into a nightmare.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes are pests that have been around for what seems like forever, and unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they will be leaving anytime soon. Knowing why mosquitoes are a problem on your property is the best way to limit their numbers and take away the things they want!
There are three main reasons mosquitoes are in your yard, the first being your property is providing them with standing water for the females to use as breeding sites.
The second reason is that your property is providing them with resting spots. In order to escape the direct sun and heat, many mosquitoes rest during the middle of the day. Popular resting spots include areas under trees and shrubs, tall grass and weeds, within woodpiles, or spaces under decks.
The third reason mosquitoes are likely on your property is that they have discovered a reliable food source. In addition to feeding on blood, both females and males feed on plant nectar as their primary food source. Lots of flowers, flowering weeds, and flowering trees will attract mosquito activity.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes live in their largest populations near areas of standing water. If your property is near or has on it ponds, drainage ditches, marshes, wetlands, or heavily wooded areas, you are going to experience problems with mosquitoes.
While mosquitoes can travel, they mainly stay close to where they hatch, creating larger and larger populations as time goes on. In our yards, standing water often collects in various places, including the following:
- Clogged gutters
- Buckets and other containers like flower pots
- Wading pools
- Low-lying areas
- Old tires
- Piles of construction debris
- Brush piles and leaf piles
- Tree hollows and tree stumps
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
At Proactive Pest Services, we want to help you enjoy your backyard by ridding your property of biting mosquitoes. We offer a long-term solution (In2Care Mosquito Trap) to help reduce the number of mosquitoes feeding and breeding on your property. The In2Care Mosquito Trap attracts and kills mosquitoes using specialized ingredients that target both mosquito larvae and adults.
Our professionals are committed to providing only the most thorough and comprehensive pest services possible. Our goal is to provide families with peace of mind knowing they won’t be swarmed by mosquitoes as soon as they step into their yard. “Protecting What's Important” is our daily mission!
To learn more about our mosquito control services and how we can work together to rid your property of large populations of these pests, reach out to us today!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Take action to prevent problems with mosquitoes by partnering with the professionals at Proactive Pest Services and implementing our helpful prevention tips.
- Remove as much standing water from your property as possible by doing filling in low-lying areas, cleaning out gutters, and storing containers upside down when not in use.
- Regularly empty and refill wading pools, birdbaths, and pet water bowls.
- If you have a natural or ornamental pond on your property, it may be helpful to add fish to keep the water moving and less appealing to females needing to lay their eggs.
- Maintain your yard and keep the grass cut short, weeds cut back, and remove overgrown vegetation to help reduce mosquito resting spots.
- A strong breeze can easily throw mosquitoes off course. Use fans to keep mosquitoes away from outdoor seating areas.
- Keep mosquitoes out of your home by making sure screens in windows and doors are intact. Do not prop open your windows and doors.