The weather in Houston is humid, to say the least. Whether you enjoy the humidity or not, some pests absolutely love it. One such pest is the mosquito. Mosquitoes are obnoxious little pests that invade Houston yards in large numbers, buzz nonstop, and bite. If that’s not bad enough, mosquitoes are also dangerous as they can spread several different blood-borne illnesses. As such, you need to know the effective preventative measures you can take to lower the mosquito population around your Houston property. If the problem has already gotten out of hand, you need to know the mosquito control solutions you can count on to get rid of these dangerous and unwanted pests.
Need-To-Know Mosquito Basics
Mosquitoes are fly-like pests with thin bodies, six slender legs, and tube-like mouthparts that they use for feeding. When it comes to mosquitoes, many people are quick to associate them with their annoying bites which can lead to itchy red welts on the skin. However, did you know that it is only female mosquitoes that bite? This is because female mosquitoes require an enzyme that can be found in blood to produce viable eggs. Male mosquitoes instead feed on plant nectars and other similarly sweet substances.
Everyone knows mosquito bites are annoying. However, many people are unaware of certain factors that make some more attractive to mosquitoes than others. For example, mosquitoes are more attracted to pregnant women and people with type O blood than non-pregnant women, men, and those with other blood types, respectively. While you can’t really control these factors, there are some other things you might be doing to make yourself more attractive to mosquitoes that you can control. This includes wearing dark-colored clothing and drinking alcohol. That’s right, drinking alcohol makes people more attractive to mosquitoes. Therefore, if you’ve been drinking, maybe you should consider staying inside.
How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals on the planet. This is due to the number of harmful bloodborne illnesses they have been known to spread as they feed on various people and animals. These illnesses include malaria, dengue, yellow fever, Zika virus, West Nile virus, and various types of encephalitis. Yes, these diseases are more prevalent in developing countries. However, mosquitoes have transmitted them here in the United States, as well. As such, isn’t it better to be safe than sorry?
Mosquito Prevention For Your Houston Property
Mosquitoes lay their eggs upon standing water. Therefore, areas of standing water are often swarmed with mosquitoes. Furthermore, removing any standing water from your property goes a long way in reducing the mosquito population in the vicinity. To accomplish this and other mosquito prevention techniques, you should:
- Fill in low-lying areas and holes around your property that could fill with water.
- Store bins, lids, and other containers, that might collect rainwater, upside down.
- Make sure your gutters are free of debris and clog to prevent pooling.
- Ensure your drain spouts and yard drainage systems are working properly.
- Regularly change the water on birdbaths.
- Keep your lawn well-manicured at all times.
- Trim back any brush, bushes, or other vegetation.
What To Do About Mosquitoes Around Your Yard
If the mosquito problem around your Houston property has become unbearable, don’t hesitate to call the professionals here at GreenForce Pest Solutions. We know just how annoying and dangerous mosquitoes can be. That’s why we developed a mosquito treatment program that will effectively reduce the mosquito population around your property. That way you can go back to enjoying your yard without needing to worry about obnoxious and dangerous mosquitoes. Give us a call today to get started with a mosquito treatment plan that works for you and your property.