July 15, 2021
All The Ways You Attract The Mosquitoes In Conroe, TX
Just about everywhere on Earth has mosquitoes. They’ve established themselves on every continent save Antarctica, and the only human-occupied country in the whole world without any mosquito presence is Iceland. That means people everywhere else have to deal with at least some of these biting, buzzing bugs. However, here in Conroe, our humid climate, comparatively mild winters, and proximity to large bodies of freshwater mean we have to put up with more than our fair share of them. Fortunately, there are a few things we can do to keep them away from our homes and businesses. Let’s talk about them.
Dangers Posed By Mosquitoes
When you think of the world’s most dangerous animal, images of lions or hippos, or bears probably pop into your head. However, all these large mammals pale in comparison to the havoc wreaked by the mosquito. These lethal animals claim the top spot on the list of the world’s deadliest species based on the laundry list of deadly diseases they spread, which claim between half a million and a million lives every year. Even humans come in second to the mosquito – the global murder rate claims fewer lives than mosquito-borne illnesses.
All over the world, mosquitoes spread diseases like:
- Dengue fever
- Zika virus
- Yellow fever
- West Nile virus
- Several types of encephalitis
While we don’t have malaria or yellow fever here in North America, we do have to worry about every other disease listed above, which is why mosquitoes should be high on your list of pests to keep off your lawn.
How (NOT) To Attract Mosquitoes
While many people are aware that mosquitoes like to breed in stagnant water, there are tons of other attractants scientists have discovered over the years. For instance, mosquitoes are more likely to bite individuals wearing dark clothing rather than lighter colors. They also prefer pregnant women and people with Type O blood. It’s probably not all that shocking they also prefer to bite people who’ve been drinking alcohol over those who haven’t imbibed.
There are also lots of other factors that attract mosquitoes to your property besides stagnant water. For example, some mosquito species are attracted to moist soil because that’s all they need to breed, meaning if you have lots of shrubs and shade trees, the lack of evaporation could lead to issues. Mosquitoes also feed primarily on nectar (that’s right – only females eat blood, and only when they’re about to lay eggs), so if you have lots of flowers around your property, these could attract them. Mosquitoes especially love juicy flowers such as:
- Water Hyacinths
- Water Lettuce
- Water Lilies
We’ve talked a lot about attractants, but what about preventative measures? Aside from laying on the DEET and eliminating stagnant water (or changing things like kiddie pools and pet bowls every other day), you can also trim back shrubs to encourage evaporation and consider planting mosquito-repellant herbs and flowers such as:
If even these preventative measures don’t work, there’s one last line of defense. Here at Bill Clark Pest Control, our experts know their way around a mosquito infestation. Not only do we have over 60 years of effective mosquito control experience, but our mosquito experts also stay on top of the latest scientific discoveries so we never miss an opportunity to improve our treatments or techniques. We have one of the largest mosquito truck fogging fleets in Southeast Texas, meaning we can handle any size infestation on any size property! So give us a call at (409) 204-5612 or visit our contact page to schedule your service today.
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