What are mosquitoes?
Texas is home to many different types of insects, one of the most dreaded insects to have in our yard is the mosquito. These flying insects deliver bites that leave behind unsightly, itchy welts.
Female mosquitoes do the biting these pests are well-known for, delivering the bites that we all can’t stand. The reason females bite us using their elongated piercing mouthparts is to feed on our blood to get the proteins they need to create viable eggs.
Mosquitoes thrive in Texas’s hot, humid weather. They are unmatched in their ability to swarm our properties and ruin the time you try to spend outside, especially when these insects are most active at dusk and dawn.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Since female mosquitoes feed on many different hosts throughout their lives, they can acquire and spread many diseases that can make people and animals ill. While not every mosquito that bites you carries a disease, it is important to understand that some do, so limiting your contact with them is vital to your health.
Diseases and parasites spread by mosquitoes living in Texas include:
- Lyme disease
- Tick-borne relapsing fever
- Parasitic heartworms (dogs and cats)
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes are a problem wherever there is an outdoor space that provides them with shaded resting spots and plenty of standing water for the females to lay their eggs. Unfortunately for us, our Texas yards provide mosquitoes with exactly what they are looking for.
Things found in most of our yards that provide mosquitoes with shady areas to escape Texas’s midday sun include:
- Shrubs and bushes
- Tall grass or weeds
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes can become a problem anywhere there is standing water available for them to use as a breeding site. Mosquitoes tend to stay around the areas where they hatch. Therefore, the more breeding sites on your Texas property, the more mosquitoes will be flying around your property every day.
Places in our yards that collect rainwater and offer mosquitoes breeding sites include:
- The tops of tarps and trash can lids.
- Tree hollows or tree stumps.
- Buckets and flower pots.
- Leaf piles.
- Clogged gutters.
- Low lying areas.
- The ground under dripping outdoor fixtures or air conditioners.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes live out in nature and use their wings to fly in search of food and breeding sites. While completely eliminating these pests from any space is impossible, we can perform effective home mosquito treatments to reduce the number of adults and larvae able to survive on your property. With the help of the professionals at Daniel Pest Control and our monthly mosquito control program, you can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property and enjoy your backyard with family and friends whenever you would like!
If you live in Seguin, Texas, or our surrounding areas and want to learn more about our mosquito control solutions for your Seguin property, reach out to us today and speak with one of our helpful and knowledgeable professionals!