What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are regular invaders of our Texas yards and pests that many homeowners struggle with year after year. Mosquitoes are flies and will use their wings to find their way onto any property that provides them with their basic needs.
Mosquitoes are biting flies; the females use their proboscis (an elongated mouthpart) to pierce the skin of an animal or human host to consume a blood meal. Blood meals are required by females to produce viable eggs. Their relentless bites are what makes them so hated in our yards.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
The thing that makes mosquitoes dangerous and not just annoying is the fact that through the feeding process, they easily transmit diseases to people and animals.
The diseases regularly spread by mosquitoes in Texas include the West Nile virus, dengue fever, and chikungunya. Mosquitoes also transmit parasitic heartworms to our cats and dogs, which is a potentially fatal condition.
Reducing the number of mosquitoes flying around your yard with the help of a professional is the best way to protect you, your family, and your pets from the diseases that mosquitoes spread.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes are a problem in your Texas yard because it is offering them:
- Food sources such as plant nectar and other sweet liquids. These are the primary food source for both male and female mosquitoes.
- Blood meals supplied by you and your family members.
- Resting spots such as shaded areas and areas of dense vegetation.
- Breeding sites like standing water.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes thrive in areas with hot, humid weather making Texas a place plagued with these biting pests.
You'll find mosquitoes in their largest populations after a lot of rain. Rain produces areas of standing water, and female mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of standing water.
In our yards, some of the most common places for standing water to develop and provide mosquitoes with breeding sites include:
- Leaf piles and woodpiles
- Tree stumps
- Construction debris
- Low-lying areas and areas of your yard with poor drainage
- Clogged gutters
- Containers like buckets, plant pots, and wading pools
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Controlling mosquito populations and preventing them from taking over our properties can be difficult because of their ability to fly. The best way to reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property is by partnering with a professional.
At EnviroGuard Pest Control, we provide monthly mosquito treatments seasonally (April thru October) to control mosquitoes, keep your family safe, and allow you to enjoy your backyard whenever you want!
Get back to enjoying your yard with home mosquito control services in Austin, TX, today! reach out to us at EnviroGuard Pest Control.
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Prevent issues with mosquitoes using our most helpful mosquito prevention tips below:
- Remove resting spots from your yard by keeping the grass cut short and cutting back overgrown trees and shrubs that offer mosquitoes cool, shady areas to hang out in during the day.
- Remove standing water from your yard and fill in low-lying areas that allow rainwater to puddle, providing breeding sites for mosquitoes.
- Store containers that can collect rainwater upside down or inside when not in use.
- Remove leaf piles, your kid's toys, and other debris from your yard that will allow water to collect.
- Contact a professional mosquito control expert to eliminate any problem infestations from your property.