What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are flying insects, which means they have wings, six legs, and antennae. Their size and coloring vary depending on the species, but mosquitoes have slender bodies. In nature, mosquitoes play a vital role. They are essential to a healthy ecosystem as prey to many different animals. Because of this, we can’t eradicate them like many people think we can.
Unfortunately, mosquitoes are annoying and dangerous pests, as you will learn below. When dealing with mosquitoes on your property, it's always best to enlist the services of a home pest control professional in Beaumont.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are vectors of many dangerous diseases. Their bites can cause itching and transmit diseases such as Zika, West Nile virus, dengue, and chikungunya. They can also cause heartworm in dogs, which is deadly if untreated.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
It can seem like everyone has mosquitoes in their yard, and while this is somewhat true, some properties can have more than others. Mosquitoes, like other pests, need three things to survive: food, water, and shelter.
While female mosquitoes need to feed on blood to reproduce, they and males also consume flower nectar and honeydew. Because of this, flowering plants are an attractive factor for this pest. Although mosquitoes need water to hydrate, they also rely on it to grow their populations. To reproduce, they need a shallow amount of standing water.
Mosquitoes are delicate, fragile pests that cannot survive in hot sunlight, which is why they look for shady areas to hide during when it is the hottest part of the day. If you have a lot of shade, stagnant water, or flowers on your property, this is likely why you have bigger mosquito problems than others.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes can be found in many places around your yard. Since they require standing water and shade, you will likely find them in thick foliage, compost piles, leaf piles, tall grass, birdbaths, ponds, pools, and clogged gutters. Harborage and breeding sites are not limited to those we just listed, so you should check any small amount of stagnant water and shaded areas, especially those that stay damp.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
To get rid of mosquitoes on your Beaumont area property, contact us at Pestco Professional Pest Control. We provide specialized mosquito control services that include the following:
- We inspect the exterior for breeding sites, standing water, and other conducive conditions.
- We make recommendations and suggestions on how to reduce conducive conditions for mosquito population control.
- We use a mosquito misting system to assist in the ongoing protection of your property
- We also treat your lawn for mosquitoes.
We suggest follow-up treatments every six to eight weeks depending on weather, season, and conditions. To learn more about our residential and commercial mosquito control solutions, contact us at Pestco Professional Pest Control.
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
While professional treatments are necessary to reduce mosquito populations on your property, you should continuously ensure you are addressing conducive conditions. You can do this using these tips:
- Fill in any ground holes.
- Empty water that has collected after rain.
- Don’t overwater flowers.
- Regularly clean gutters.
- Keep up with maintaining your lawn and landscaping.
- Clear out any leaf piles and other yard foliage.
For more tips and advice, call us at Pestco Professional Pest Control.