Texas’ hot summer is well underway, and that means residents of Richardson are dealing with some of our most annoying pests: mosquitoes. Whether you’re having fun in the sun or enjoying an evening with friends, these nasty insects always seem to swarm at the worst times, making it much harder to enjoy outdoor events.
Richardson residents might try to simply endure these pests and their itchy bites, but make no mistake, mosquitoes are dangerous insects. It is important to do what you can to keep them off your property. Let’s discuss why mosquitoes are bad news and what homeowners can do to keep them away.
Mosquito Identification Guide
Even for insects, mosquitoes are weirdly shaped. Mosquitoes have round, elongated bodies that grow to about ¼ of an inch long. Their wings grow to around the length of their bodies, but their six legs are longer than their bodies, making them look larger and more gangly. Mosquitoes have small heads with large eyes, two antennae, and a long rod-like nose called a proboscis.
Mosquitoes (many pest and animal experts agree) are the most dangerous animals on the planet, at least for humans. What makes mosquitoes so dangerous? These pests transmit dangerous diseases, including West Nile, Zika, Dengue fever, and malaria.
One of the biggest misconceptions about mosquitoes is that they don’t carry these diseases in the United States. While it’s true that these diseases are much more common in continents like Africa, North American mosquitoes also carry these same pathogens. In 2016, almost 50,000 Americans were diagnosed with mosquito-borne illnesses, and while these numbers fluctuate year by year, one thing is clear: residents of Richardson can be exposed to these diseases.
Many times, mosquitoes go unnoticed. You don’t realize a mosquito has landed on you until after you start scratching the bug bite, which is why these silent killers are nearly impossible to ward off. Still, there are a few things that Richardson, TX residents can do to prevent future bug bites from happening.
Clear standing water. Mosquitoes get their water from sources like puddles, and they also breed in standing water, so drying up the water around your yard will make it less attractive.
Trim hedges and other foliage. Leaf piles and overgrown plants are attractive places for mosquitoes to rest, so trimming these places will push mosquitoes away.
Leave the lights off. Mosquitoes are attracted to light, much like other insects, so leaving outdoor lights off at night will make them less likely to congregate near your home.
There are many products and “solutions” out there that people try, often to little effect. Citronella candles, tiki torches, bug zappers, and repellant sprays are all good ideas, and these products might kill or deter some mosquitoes. However, they don’t treat the underlying problems that attract these pests to your home. Only by targeting structural attractions can you make your home less mosquito-friendly.
What To Do When Mosquitoes Keep Coming
Because mosquitoes are so small and persistent, homeowners often can’t deter them by using normal products or prevention tips. If your family continues to struggle with mosquito problems, your best bet is to contact Richardson’s mosquito control experts at Bug Head Pest Control.
Our mosquito control process treats the root of your mosquito problem using a special misting machine that eliminates mosquitoes in all stages of life. Most insecticides don’t reach every spot mosquitoes hide in, and they don’t always kill mosquito eggs and larvae. We use a special backpack misting machine that reaches every mosquito hotspot, exterminating mosquitoes in every life stage.
This treatment process ensures that mosquitoes stay away from your property, stopping the life cycle so that these pests don’t return right away. Additionally, our process includes monthly follow-ups to target any new mosquitoes that found their way to your house.
If you are worried about mosquito-borne diseases and are tired of mosquitoes pestering your family, Contact our pest experts today, and we’ll treat your home as if it were our own, eliminating mosquitoes so you can have your backyard back.