We don’t know about you, but mosquitoes have gotten on our last nerve. We are done letting them bite us, especially on our own properties. Do you feel the same way? Are mosquitoes preventing you from enjoying time in your backyard? If so, we have some suggestions to help you minimize the mosquito population in your Houston yard.
A Brief Description Of Mosquitoes
We don’t have to educate you too much about mosquitoes. You probably know about as much as you need to know. You know they have painful and annoying bites, you know they can fly, and you know they need your blood to survive. Here are a few other specifics about mosquitoes that will help you understand why control is a necessity.
- Only female mosquitoes suck blood, and they do so to provide nutrients for their eggs.
- Mosquitoes are the most dangerous creature on the planet and known for spreading diseases such as malaria, Western equine encephalitis, yellow fever, and tularemia.
- Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant sources of water.
- A single mosquito can drink up to three times their weight in blood.
- Mosquitoes use the smell of sweat to hunt their victims.
- Malaria is spread by a parasite that mosquitoes carry. This parasite crawls into wounds mosquitoes create while drinking blood.
- Mosquitoes cannot carry AIDS despite rumors that they can.
Ineffective Ways To Deal With Mosquitoes
There are right ways and wrong ways to deal with mosquitoes on your property. Here are some of the strategies we recommend you steer clear of. In the end, avoiding these DIY methods will save you time, stress, and money.
- Avoid using tiki torches unless you just like the way they look. Although the smoke they create may deter some flying pests, mosquitoes don’t seem to mind them that much.
- Avoid using scents like lavender, lemons, and basil to deter mosquitoes. Although mosquitoes don’t like these smells, they don’t seem to stop them from stopping by for a bite.
- Just like tiki torches, citronella candles are a sub-par method to keep away mosquitoes. Furthermore, they may deter a few of these bugs, but they don't do anything to reduce the mosquito population in your yard.
Methods Homeowners Can Use To Combat Mosquitoes
The best thing you can do to combat mosquitoes on your property is to limit the number of places they can breed. This can be done by eliminating sources of standing water. Water can build up in several unexpected places. A child’s toy can be a tiny bowl for rainwater. A small blockage in your gutter will create water build-up. A tarp will collect and pool water creating a prime place for mosquitoes to breed. Even a birdbath filled with stale water will attract mosquitoes.
In the end, the more you can do to keep standing water to a minimum, the fewer mosquitoes will be able to breed on your property. If you like water features in your backyard landscape, consider investing in mechanisms that will keep water moving.
Professional Mosquito Control
There is no real way to completely protect your yard against mosquitoes, but professional mosquito control services will help reduce your mosquito population so that you can enjoy time outdoors. Here at GreenForce Pest Solutions, we offer high-quality treatments to greatly reduce your chances of dealing with mosquitoes on your property.
If you have an outdoor event coming up, we offer one time treatments to make sure mosquitoes aren’t around to ruin the fun. If year-round mosquito control is what you are interested in, we offer that as well. Whatever your pest need is, we have your best solution.
Give us a call today to find out how GreenForce can help you with your pest problems.