Sometimes, pests become so prevalent in our lives that we no longer realize just how pesky and dangerous they are. One such pest that we need to worry about here in College Station is the mosquito. Mosquitoes are obnoxious pests that swarm in large numbers, buzz incessantly, and bite, leaving itchy red welts. But did you know that mosquitoes aren’t just obnoxious? They’re dangerous, too. In fact, mosquitoes are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals in the world. That’s because mosquitoes can transmit a number of harmful bloodborne illnesses as they feed on a variety of hosts. Therefore, if you want to keep your family safe from harmful mosquitoes, you need to take the proper preventative steps to limit mosquitoes’ presence on your College Station property.
Mosquitoes are fly-like insects with long, slender legs and tube-like mouthparts that they use for feeding. A fun fact about mosquitoes is that only female mosquitoes feed on blood. That is because they require a compound found in blood to produce viable eggs. Male mosquitoes, on the other hand, feed on sweet substances found in plants and flowers.
In addition to blood, female mosquitoes need standing water for them to lay their eggs upon. Areas with a lot of standing water are prime locations for mosquitoes to live. This means areas such as marshes, swamps, and back yards with low-lying areas prone to flooding are prime real estate for mosquitoes.
Threats Posed By Mosquitoes
As mosquitoes feed on the blood of a variety of hosts, they can transmit a number of harmful bloodborne diseases. Although this is more common in developing countries, mosquitoes in the United States have been recorded spreading some dangerous diseases. Some diseases that mosquitoes have been known to spread include malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, Dengue fever, Zika virus, and several variances of encephalitis.
Five Tips To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Property
The best methods for keeping mosquitoes away from your property are to remove areas of standing water and to keep your yard well maintained. This means you should:
- Fill in any low-lying areas in your yard that could collect rainwater or flood.
- Keep your gutters free of debris to prevent pooling.
- Keep buckets, lids, and other containers stored upside down so that they do not collect water.
- Keep your lawn well-manicured.
- Trim back any vegetation or shrubbery around your property.
If you can remove all areas of standing water and keep your lawn well maintained, you should be able to greatly lower the mosquito population around your property.
The Most Important Mosquito Control Tip
While you can and should take all the mosquito prevention measures at your disposal, the best method for mosquito control on your College Station property is to partner with the trained pest professionals here at D. Lee Pest Services.
Here at D. Lee Pest Services, we know what it takes to keep mosquitoes away from a property. Not only will we utilize a spray treatment around your property to drive mosquitoes away, but we will also work with you to take the proper steps to prevent the return of mosquitoes. Additionally, we also offer ongoing treatment plans so that you never have to worry about mosquitoes when you're enjoying your yard.
Mosquitoes are obnoxious and dangerous pests to have around your home. That’s why we here at D. Lee Pest Services are here to help. We believe the safety of our customers is a top priority. Don’t put you and your family at risk. Call D. Lee Pest Services today.