May 20, 2021
What Everyone In Conroe Should Know About Mosquito Control
Of all the pests you might come across around your Conroe property, few are as obnoxious as mosquitoes. After all, their bites leave itchy red welts, they buzz incessantly around your head, and they swarm in seemingly endless numbers. But did you know mosquitoes are more than just annoying? They can be dangerous, too. In fact, mosquitoes are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals on the planet. As such, you need to know the steps that you can take to make your Conroe property less attractive to mosquitoes. That means knowing what attracts mosquitoes to a yard in the first place and then limiting those factors.
Need-To-Know Mosquito Basics
Mosquitoes are fly-like insects that have six long, slender legs, thin bodies, and tube-like mouthparts that they use for feeding. In fact, mosquito means “little fly.” Moreover, there are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes in the world. While most people associate mosquitoes with their bites, many don’t know that it is only female mosquitoes that do so. That’s because they require a certain enzyme found in blood to produce viable eggs. Male mosquitoes, on the other hand, prefer to feed on sweet substances such as plant nectar. In addition to blood, female mosquitoes also need standing water to lay their eggs upon.
The Dangers Of Mosquito Infestations
Mosquitoes are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals on the planet due to the number of harmful bloodborne illnesses that they can spread as they feed on the blood of different animals. Although these harmful diseases are more prevalent in developing countries, they have been transmitted by mosquitoes here in the United States, as well. Some diseases that mosquitoes have been known to spread include the West Nile virus, dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, yellow fever, Zika virus, and several types of encephalitis.
Factors That Attract Mosquitoes To A Property
Given the number of harmful diseases mosquitoes can spread, it is important to limit the mosquito populations around your property. To do so effectively, you first need to know what factors attract mosquitoes to a property in the first place. As previously mentioned, mosquitoes require standing water to lay eggs upon. As such, any area of standing water on a property could be a big factor in attracting mosquitoes to it. This includes low-lying areas in the yard that are prone to flooding, containers that collect rainwater including upturned lids, and clogged gutters. Additionally, unkempt lawns, overgrown vegetation, and other sweet substances can attract mosquitoes to a property.
Mosquito Prevention Techniques
To keep the mosquito populations around your property to a minimum, you need to limit the factors that attract them. This includes:
- Fill in any holes or low-lying areas around your property.
- Keep gutters clean and free of debris.
- Store all containers and lids turned down as to not collect rainwater.
- Keep your lawn well maintained.
- Keep all vegetation and other bushes trimmed back.
- In addition to limiting these factors, some other measures you can take to limit your exposure to mosquitoes include:
- Wearing long sleeves and pants when venturing into mosquito-heavy areas.
- Avoid going outside at dusk when mosquitoes are more active.
- Avoid spending time in mosquito-heavy areas after consuming alcohol.
Effective Mosquito Control For Your Conroe Property
If you would like more information on mosquito prevention for your property, or if you are currently dealing with a mosquito infestation around your home, contact the professionals here at Bill Clark Pest Control right away for assistance. We know just how annoying and dangerous mosquitoes can be which is why our mosquito control plan is specifically designed to ensure the mosquito populations around your property remain at the absolute minimum. Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your yard. Give us a call today.
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