Mosquitoes are flying insects that invade homes and businesses in various parts of the world. There are around 3,500 known species of mosquitoes in the world. Mosquitoes can thrive indoors and outdoors, and adult mosquitoes have a lifespan of up to four weeks.
Female mosquitoes feed on the blood of humans and animals to produce eggs, while both male and female mosquitoes eat plant nectar as their main energy source.
There are several species of mosquitoes in Texas. The two most common ones include the Asian tiger mosquito and the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Asian Tiger Mosquito
The Asian tiger mosquito is a small mosquito species that grows around 1/4 inch long. It derives its name from the distinctive black and white pattern on its body. It also features a single white stripe running down its back. This is an aggressive species of mosquito that typically bites during the daytime.
Aedes Aegypti Mosquito
Also known as the yellow fever mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito is another small-sized mosquito with a narrow, dark-colored body with white markings on its thorax. These mosquitoes breed in water-filled containers, including flowerpots, spare tires, buckets, etc.
Mosquito Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
A mosquito bite can be a major cause of concern beyond the resulting small, itchy bumps. These winged insects are carriers of various diseases and viruses and as one of the deadliest insects in the world, mosquitoes pose significant health risks to humans and animals.
A bite from a mosquito can transmit serious diseases, including Malaria, Dengue, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, Zika Virus, and Yellow Fever. More than a million people die each year due to mosquito bites.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
As mosquitoes lay their eggs on the surface of the water, a stagnant water source can serve as the perfect breeding ground for these pesky creatures. Pooling water in or around your home, birdbaths, containers, buckets, and flower pots, are common sources of water in homes that attract mosquitoes.
As mosquitoes seek shelter, places with thick vegetation, shrubbery, tall grass/ bushes, and piles also draw mosquitoes toward your property. Since they feed on plant nectar, flowering vegetation in or around your property can also be appealing to these insects.
Lastly, if there is a swarm of mosquitoes indoors buzzing around you, it is likely due to dark-colored clothing, as these pests are mainly attracted to dark hues.
How do mosquitoes get into my house?
Mosquitoes can make their way into your house through the smallest openings. Poorly sealed windows, attic soffits, exhaust vents, and gaps in window screens are some predominant entry points. They might also sneak into your space as you enter or exit through the main door.
What can homeowners do to reduce mosquito bites?
There are plenty of ways you can save yourself from mosquito bites. Try to limit outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most likely to bite, i.e., during dawn and dusk. If you must be outdoors during these times, it is essential to take some precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
Wearing light-colored clothing outdoors can make you a less appealing target to mosquitoes. It is also preferable to wear long clothing to limit skin exposure.
Applying a DEET mosquito repellent on your exposed skin can also be effective in keeping them at bay.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
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How do I prevent mosquitos?
The following are some effective prevention techniques to keep your home free from these buzzing insects.
Eliminate stagnant water in and around your home by emptying containers and buckets, maintaining gutters and downspouts, and clearing away any pooled water.
Plant mosquito repelling plants like citronella, lavender, rosemary, basil, lemon balm, and more.
Seal all gaps and holes using caulk or other sealants, and keep windows and doors shut as much as possible. Install weather stripping under the door.
Trim shrubbery and dense vegetation in and around your yard.
Use powerful scents that deter mosquitoes, such as by lighting a citronella candle.
Switch to LED lighting outdoors as it is least attractive to mosquitoes and other insects due to low levels of heat.
Set mosquito traps like bug zappers.
Use ultrasonic mosquito repellents to drive them away.
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During the first visit, our highly trained and experienced technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and design a customized interior and exterior treatment plan. We will pay 12 visits to your home during the months of March - November if you want us to use synthetic chemicals or 18 visits if you would like for us to use natural chemicals in order to keep mosquitos from returning to your home.
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