What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes live worldwide. They have a fly-like appearance - slender bodies, long legs, narrow wings that are covered in fine hair, and an extended mouthpart (proboscis) that is used for feeding. Female mosquitoes feed on the blood of both people and animals to get the protein required to create eggs.
Two of the most common species of mosquitoes found living and breeding in Southeast Texas include:
Asian Tiger Mosquitoes
Asian tiger mosquitoes, which have a black and white “tiger-striped” pattern on their bodies.
Southern House Mosquitoes
Southern house mosquitoes are medium-sized and brown in color. They have a banded lower abdomen.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are considered dangerous to both people and pets. The Asian Tiger mosquito and the Southern house mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting West Nile virus. Other diseases that mosquitoes have the potential to spread in the United States include encephalitis and the Zika virus. Mosquitoes commonly infect dogs with canine heartworm, a parasite which, if not prevented against or treated, is life-threatening.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes are attracted to areas of standing water. Standing water is where females lay their eggs and they then hatch, allowing larvae to develop into adults.
Ornamental ponds, marshes, wading pools, drainage ditches, and water that has collected in containers can all allow mosquitoes to thrive on any property. Plant nectar is the main food source for both female and male mosquitoes. Properties with an abundance of flowering vegetation are most attractive to mosquitoes.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes tend to swarm together near areas of standing water, especially at dusk and dawn, when they are most active. During the middle of the day, when temperatures are at their highest, mosquitoes hide and rest. Common hiding spots for mosquitoes include in tall grasses and areas of dense vegetation, along fence lines, in roadway ditches, along tree lines, and underneath decks or porches.
Mosquitoes will make their way inside homes while searching for a blood meal. They enter through spaces found around windows and doors, open windows and doors, or through tears found in screens.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
The best way to reduce the number of mosquitoes found living on your property is to partner with a professional. At Bill Clark Pest Control, our highly trained 'Bugsperts' receive continuous education and are up-to-date with the latest information and industry trends. To control mosquito populations, our professionals can provide thorough inspections and treatment through our mosquito control programs. For exceptional mosquito control in Southeast Texas, reach out to Bill Clark Pest Control.
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
To deter mosquitoes from choosing your home and property to live and breed on, the 'Bugsperts' offer the following prevention tips:
- Maintain clean gutters.
- Keep grass cut short.
- Remove dense vegetation from your property.
- Fill in low-lying areas to prevent water from collecting in them.
- Regularly remove water that collects on the tops of trash can lids, tarps, and similar items.
- Store buckets, wheelbarrows, baby pools, and other containers that collect water, upside down when not in use.
- If you own a pool, make sure that it is properly maintained.
- Regularly empty and refill kiddie pools, birdbaths, and your pet’s water dish.