What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are small insects that belong to the order Diptera, the same as flies. Diptera consists of insects with only two wings. The word “mosquito” actually translates to “little fly” in Spanish. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood in order to nourish their eggs, while both female and male mosquitoes use their long, thin proboscises to feed on plant nectar instead. There are two types of common mosquito species in eastern Texas: Asian tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus) and yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti).
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
We all know the itchy, unpleasant welts mosquitoes leave us with when they bite. When mosquitoes bite, they inject their saliva into your bloodstream to prevent your blood from clotting. This is what causes that uncomfortable sensation after you’ve been bitten. However, mosquito bites are not just annoying, but dangerous as well. Mosquitoes carry several diseases that are known to cause more fatalities worldwide than any other animal. Aedes aegypti, more commonly known as the yellow fever mosquito, transmit such diseases as dengue, West Nile Virus, and yellow fever. Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, is the primary carrier of chikungunya, but can also spread encephalitis, West Nile virus, and many other diseases. Identifying the species of mosquitoes around your home can be difficult, especially because they are both small and similar in appearance.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes thrive in warm conditions with plenty of moisture. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are capable of surviving much longer here in eastern Texas due to our high average temperatures. In certain areas of our state, mosquitoes can even be a year-round problem! Excess moisture is the primary reason mosquitoes are attracted to Texas properties. If your home or business provides excess moisture and shaded areas to congregate during the day, there is a good chance that mosquitoes will populate your property.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes primarily are attracted to areas with standing water sources, excess moisture, and shade. During the day, mosquitoes will often hang around cool, shaded portions of your property such as shrubbery, tall grass, and trees. Mosquitoes are most active in the evening and early morning when temperatures haven’t risen yet. These blood-feeding insects are also frequently found swarming around lakes, ponds, and other areas with plenty of still water. Females lay their eggs in things that collect water such as buckets, clogged gutters, ponds, and tree cavities or stumps. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are common throughout the southern United States, preferring tropic and subtropic areas.
When are mosquitoes most active?
Both Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger mosquitoes) and Aedes aegypti remain active year-round in regions of warm weather. In Spring, Texas, mosquitoes are active throughout the year but are most active from March through November. Both of these species are daytime biters, and females will aggressively bite and feed on the blood of people and animals.
Interesting facts about mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are among the deadliest creatures and present a number of potential dangers to you and your family. Here are three interesting facts about these dangerous pests.
1. Aedes aegypti mosquito eggs can dry out and survive for several months on the inner walls of containers and in other dried-out areas. They are a very hearty, resilient species and are very difficult to control.
2. Asian tiger mosquitoes are so named because of their striking, tiger-like black and white color pattern. These mosquitoes have a limited flight range and live close to their breeding grounds.
3. Mosquitoes tend to find some people to be more attractive than others. People who are exercising or pregnant, people who have recently consumed alcohol, and people who wear darker clothing tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Treating mosquito infestations without the help of a professional pest control provider is difficult, if not impossible. The most reliable and efficient way to eliminate the mosquitoes around your Texas home or business is with a little assistance from Kingston Pest Control. We offer both one-time mosquito services and ongoing mosquito treatments, depending on the needs of your specific situation. If you have an upcoming outdoor event at your business, our one-time mosquito treatments are right for you. If you’d like to keep your home and family protected from mosquitoes throughout the mosquito season, our ongoing month mosquito plan sounds like just what you need.
Keep your home or business mosquito-free when you partner with Kingston Pest Control today. Mosquito prevention works best when combined with the use of mosquito treatments from Kingston Pest Control. For more information about how our mosquito treatments protect eastern Texas properties, contact Kingston Pest Control today!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
The only way to help prevent mosquito infestations is by removing factors that could attract them to your property. Some ways you can reduce mosquito attractants include:
Contacting a pest control professional for effective mosquito control for your property.
Clearing your gutters of debris and making sure they are functioning correctly to avoid excess moisture or standing water.
Trimming any areas of tall grass on your property to eliminate hiding spots for mosquitoes.
Repairing leaky faucets to reduce the build-up of excess moisture around your home or business.
Dumping out items that collect water such as wheelbarrows, that could be used as breeding sites.
Cutting tree branches, shrubs, and other foliage away from the exterior walls of your property to eliminate resting sites.
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