What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are a type of fly. Female mosquitoes feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Females are very persistent in acquiring their blood meals because they need the protein from blood to create viable eggs and ensure they can complete their life cycle.
These flying pests are quite problematic in the McAllen, TX area as our hot, humid weather allows these pests to thrive. Mosquitoes are pests that live and breed outside, making keeping them out of our Texas yards tricky. Mosquitoes have the unique ability to drive people indoors and prevent them from enjoying their outdoor spaces.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes relentlessly bite us. Through the feeding process, they can acquire and spread diseases that make people and animals sick. Worldwide, mosquitoes are considered one of the most dangerous creatures in existence because of malaria and other life-threatening diseases they can spread.
Luckily for us, the spread of malaria by mosquitoes is not a huge threat in the U.S., but they do spread other diseases that can be detrimental to our health.
Diseases mosquitoes spread in our area of Texas include:
- West Nile virus
- Heartworm disease (dogs and cats)
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
There is no getting around it; if you live in Texas, you will have problems with mosquitoes. The heat and humidity in our area provide these pests with plenty of breeding sites. After heavy rains and flooding, mosquito populations explode because of the ample amount of warm, standing water available for females to lay their eggs.
When the larvae hatch from the eggs and develop into new biting adults, the mosquitoes tend to hang out around the areas where they hatch. Therefore the more standing water you have on or near your property, the more mosquitoes you will find swarming around your yard.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
You'll find mosquitoes mainly around areas of standing water. In our yards, water will collect in various places and is then used by mosquitoes as breeding sites. It is important to learn where water collects in our yards so you can remove it and reduce mosquito populations.
- Clogged gutters and downspouts
- The tops of tarps and trash can lids
- Low-lying areas
- Tree hollows or tree stumps
- Wading pools and birdbaths
- Overwatered gardens
However, it is not just standing water that attracts mosquitoes to a property. Mosquitoes like to rest in areas that are shady and cool. Many species of mosquitoes rest during the extreme heat of the day. Common resting spots include under trees and shrubs, within areas of tall grass and weeds, and under decks.
The availability of food is another reason mosquitoes could be swarming your property. While females consume blood meals, the primary source of nutrition for both female and male mosquitoes is plant nectar and other sweet liquids. Properties with a lot of flowering vegetation attract hungry mosquitoes.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Get rid of swarms of biting mosquitoes from your Rio Grande Valley property with the help of the local professionals at Bugworks Termite & Pest Control. We want to help you enjoy your outdoor space without constantly being bombarded by mosquitoes.
While you can never eliminate mosquitoes from an outdoor space entirely, you can greatly reduce their numbers by implementing a professional mosquito control program. Our experts will treat your yard's breeding and harborage areas to kill adult mosquitoes and prevent larvae from developing into new biting adults.
If you are ready to take back your outdoor space from mosquitoes, reach out to us today to learn more about our effective mosquito control services!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Use the following prevention tips in conjunction with professional mosquito control services to make your property less attractive to mosquitoes.
- Remove as much standing water from your property as possible.
- Always store containers that can collect water upside down when you are not using them.
- Do not overwater your lawn, gardens, or planted pots.
- Keep gutters and downspouts clear and make sure they are directing water away from the exterior of your home.
- Clean up yard clutter that can collect rainwater.
- Maintain your lawn and landscaping to reduce the number of shady, cool spots mosquitoes can use as resting places on your property.
Contact Bugworks Termite & Pest Control if you have any questions or to learn more about the services we offer.
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