Mosquito Identification & Prevention
What You Need To Know About Mosquitoes
The more you learn about mosquitoes and pest control in Spring, TX, the less contact you and your family will have with these biting insects.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mosquitoes
What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are a type of winged insect. They have slender bodies, long legs, and piercing mouthparts. Adults typically grow between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch long.
While both male and female mosquitoes have piercing mouthparts, only the females use them to penetrate the skin of people and animals and consume blood meals. They require blood meals to create viable eggs and reproduce. An average mosquito's blood meal is 1-4 ml, two and a half times the mosquito's unfed weight.
Mosquitoes are prolific breeders and quickly take over any outdoor space that meets their needs. A single female produces between 500 and 5,000 eggs in its lifetime, half of which are new biting females. The mosquito's entire development cycle, egg to adult, takes only 10 to 16 days.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
When mosquitoes bite us, they leave behind raised, itchy red bumps. Excess scratching at their bites can allow bacteria to enter your body and create secondary infections. Unfortunately, their bites are only the tip of the iceberg of the threats these insects pose.
More than an outdoor nuisance, mosquitoes are a concern worldwide to the public's health as they are vectors for malaria, encephalitis, West Nile virus, yellow fever, chikungunya, and the Zika virus.
Reducing populations of mosquitoes around people is key to controlling mosquitoes and the diseases they are capable of spreading. For help keeping mosquitoes away and limiting your and your family's exposure to their bites, reach out to our green mosquito control professionals.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes are outdoor pests and, therefore, most likely to become a problem in our yards. They swarm in large numbers, primarily at dusk and dawn, and can drive us back into our homes. Mosquitoes can become a problem in any outdoor space that offers them a place to feed and breed.
Large numbers of mosquitoes in your yard are likely to lead to these flying pests finding their way into your house. Typical entry points in our Texas homes are open windows or doors, torn screens, and vents.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Where you will find mosquitoes depends on their life stage.
Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of areas of standing water, and mosquito larvae are aquatic and develop into new, flying adults in the water. Adult mosquitoes will stay within a few miles to a few hundred feet of a water source during their lifespan, depending on the species.
Water sources (breeding sites) range from large saltwater marshes to standing water that collects in something as small as a thimble.
Once matured, adults rest during the middle of the day in shady areas protected from the wind and sun, including dense vegetation, covered patios, tree canopies, and entryways.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
If you are tired of sharing your yard with mosquitoes, let us get rid of mosquitoes for you. Here at Green Pest Guys, we offer eco-friendly pest management that will significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property. Our technicians will come to your property, perform an in-depth inspection and then treat the mosquito nesting and resting sites on your property.
We use organic and botanical-based products that kill adult mosquitoes, prevent mosquitoes from breeding, and repel mosquitoes from your yard. Call today to learn more about effective home pest control and commercial pest control in and around Cedar Park, Dallas-McKinney, and Spring, Texas!
How can I prevent mosquitoes?
Removing as many mosquito breeding sites from your property as possible is the best way to avoid problems with these prolific breeders.
Use these tips to remove breeding sites from your Texas property.
- Fill in low lying areas in your yard that allow rainwater to collect.
- Keep gutters free of debris that collects rainwater.
- Store containers like buckets and wheelbarrow upside down when not in use. Always keep lids on trash cans.
- If you own a pool, make sure it is constantly circulating and that you treat it regularly.
- Regularly empty and refill wading pools, pet water bowls, and bird baths.
- Remove tree stumps, woodpiles, and yard debris from your property.
For more information about the best way to control mosquitoes, call today!
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