Anyone who has spent time enjoying the outdoors is all too familiar with the infamous high-pitched buzz of a hungry mosquito. Whether it's a swarm or a select few, their bites always lead to the discomfort of itching and scratching.
Mosquitoes are biting pests that can be found throughout the U.S. Their shrill sounds taunt us while their bites torment us. Many homeowners choose to endure the frustrations of these irritating pests instead of finding long-term solutions to the problem.
It’s time to take back your yard and put the itching to rest for good. Protect your Dallas, Texas home from unwanted mosquitoes with the help of an experienced pest control technician.
Mosquito Identification And Behavior
The size of mosquitoes makes them tricky to spot, and they most often appear around dusk when lighting is poor. Mosquito identification is easy. Avoiding their bites is the real challenge.
Adult mosquitoes have slender, oval-shaped bodies, with six long, slender legs and narrow wings. They average between 1/4-3/8 of an inch in length, and their color patterns range from grey to black or brown, with iridescent scales.
Mosquito populations thrive in warm, wet, and moist conditions. Southern states with comfortable winters, perpetual rainfall, and high levels of humidity produce the perfect environment for mosquito infestations.
These obnoxious bloodsuckers will take over any areas where there is standing water for females to lay their eggs on. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood; it provides them with the necessary protein to produce viable eggs.
The main food source for mosquitoes is plant nectar found in flowering vegetation. Properties with food, shelter, and stagnant water are highly attractive to mosquitoes. During the day, they take cover from warm temperatures by hiding under decks and trees, along fence lines, and inside dense vegetation.
Dangers Associated With Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are commonly viewed as a harmless pest, aside from the itchy mess. Most people don’t realize there are serious risks associated with mosquitoes.
According to pest experts, mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals on the planet. Mosquito bites spread dozens of dangerous diseases every year. Luckily, most cases are reported outside of the U.S. Nevertheless, illnesses spread by mosquitoes can be quite serious, with the potential to create lifelong health concerns. Some of the most threatening diseases include the Zika virus, malaria, West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, encephalitis, and tularemia.
As a homeowner, it is very important that you limit the population of mosquitoes living and breeding on your property. For best results, hire an experienced mosquito control professional for your Dallas home.
Five Simple Mosquito Prevention Tips
You can reduce the mosquito population in your yard by lessening attracting factors from your property.
- The most effective way to prevent residential mosquito populations is to remove standing water sources. Maintain your gutters, and remove or maintain items that will hold water after a rain shower. This includes trash lids, flower pot saucers, pool covers, children’s toys, and birdbaths.
- Trim overgrown vegetation, remove organic debris and keep your lawn cut short to reduce moisture and places for mosquitoes to rest. Create open sunlight with your property maintenance wherever possible.
- Limit the number of flowering plants around your home’s exterior. Remove any plant species that generously provide nectar for mosquitoes such as water lilies, water hyacinths, water lettuce, taro, and papyrus.
- Introduce flowering plants around your home’s exterior that will help repel mosquitoes, including marigolds, lemon balm, garlic, and basil.
- Limit food sources by wearing long sleeves, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and insect repellant. Be sure to wear looser clothing that isn’t too thin so mosquitoes won’t be able to easily bite through them with their long, thin proboscises they use to feed.
Reducing mosquito populations won’t eliminate the infestation, but it is a helpful start. Finish the job right. Team up with a local pest control company to learn more about your mosquito extermination options.
Total Mosquito Control
Addison Green Lawn is a family-owned and -operated pest control company that will treat your property as if it were our own. We understand the need to feel confident in the choices you make when it comes to the health and safety of your home. Our family will provide you with the service and care that you deserve.
At Addison Green Lawn, our goal is to deliver exceptional lawn care and pest management that you can trust. We have a variety of services to choose from to meet all of your residential needs.
If mosquitoes are your problem, we have the solution. Our mosquito fogging treatment comes with a 30-day guarantee. To find out more, schedule a comprehensive residential inspection with Addison Green Lawn today!