Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are found living and breeding all across the country. Females feed on the blood of people and animals to get the required protein they need to develop their eggs. Mosquitoes can live on properties in large numbers, swarming people and making spending time outside impossible to enjoy. What a mosquito looks like will depend on its exact species but, in general, adult mosquitoes grow to between 1/4 and 3/8th of an inch in length. Their bodies are oval and narrow in shape. They have distinctive long legs and a long nose (proboscis). Female mosquitoes use their specially-developed mouthparts to feed on blood.  Both males and females use their proboscis to feed on plant nectar.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are dangerous to both people and pets. In the United States, mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting serious diseases like the West Nile virus, encephalitis, and the Zika virus. While not a threat in the United States, mosquitoes transmit malaria, a huge health threat in other parts of the world. Mosquitoes may infect dogs with potentially life-threatening canine heartworm. In addition, the bites mosquitoes deliver are itchy and can lead to secondary infections that require medical treatment.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are found in high numbers on properties with a lot of standing water. Standing water is where females lay their eggs. Both female and male mosquitoes are attracted to properties that have an abundance of flowering landscape and gardens since plant nectar is their main source of nutrition.

Where are mosquitoes commonly found?

Mosquitoes are drawn to properties that have moist habitats on or near them. Marshy lands, ponds, and swampland can act as mosquitoes' breeding and resting sites. Standing water found in puddles, buckets, flower pots, pet water bowls, bird baths, and clogged gutters can also attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are most active when the weather is cooler, at dawn or dusk. During the heat of the day, they rest in tall grasses, dense vegetation, in trees, or underneath decks or porches.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

The professionals at Bug Head Pest Control can help you to reduce mosquito populations through our effective mosquito control services. Our experienced professionals can provide monthly mosquito control services to significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes found living and breeding on your property. If you are looking for exceptional mosquito control services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, reach out to us at Bug Head Pest Control!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Mosquitoes are tricky pests to avoid, but the following tips can help to reduce problems with mosquitoes on your Texas property:

  • Maintain gutters to prevent water from backing up and pooling in them.

  • Mow your lawn often.

  • Cut back dense vegetation from your property line.

  • Store containers that can collect water upside down when not in use.

  • If you own a pool, make sure it is properly maintained.

  • Regularly empty and re-fill kiddie pools, bird baths, and your pets' water dishes.

 

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