Mosquito Identification & Prevention
What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are delicate flying insects that, despite being most active during the summer, don't do well in direct sunlight, becoming dehydrated quickly. They are also not strong flyers.
Female mosquitoes require a blood meal to reproduce, but they also feed on plant nectar and other sweet liquids for nutrients like male mosquitoes.
Although you may not understand the benefits of mosquitoes, they serve an essential role in nature as a food source for many types of insects and animals, including birds, bats, frogs, spiders, and more. But this doesn't mean you should allow them to live in excess populations on your property.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
While mosquitoes are, for the most part, annoying pests that can leave itchy bites, they are also some of the most dangerous pests in other parts of the world because of the many diseases they spread.
In the United States, diseases spread by mosquitoes include the West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, encephalitis, and tularemia. Also, Zika virus and malaria outbreaks can occur due to travelers coming into the country.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes are a regular problem for most people that live in warm and humid climates, but they can be attracted to some properties more than others. You might be inviting mosquitoes to your yard with small amounts of standing water, which these pests need to breed, and shady areas that they use to hide during the day.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
You'll be able to find mosquitoes around standing water and in shady areas where they can reproduce and stay protected from the hot sun.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is by working with our expert service team members at B&T Pest Control.
First, we'll perform a thorough inspection to locate breeding sites of standing water, including birdbaths, ditches, ponds, buckets, and more, and other conducive conditions that can make your property more enticing for these pests.
Once we identify areas of concern, we will begin treatment as we want to eliminate breeding sites as soon as possible. We will use products tested and approved by the EPA to ensure safety and effectiveness.
While these services work best with an ongoing plan for continued protection, we offer one-time treatments for special events. So contact us at B&T Pest Control for all your home pest control needs.
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Want to prevent mosquito populations from taking over your property again? Use these expert-recommended prevention tips to reduce breeding sites and harborage areas to keep mosquitoes away:
- Remove debris like old tires, wheelbarrows, and other items that can hold standing water.
- Properly treat pools and ponds, using filters when possible.
- Keep gutters from getting clogged.
- Fill in ground holes.
- Refrain from overwatering plants.
- Replace birdbath water once a week.
- Remove organic debris from your yard.
- Use garbage cans and recycling bins with lids, always keeping them closed.
- Keep your lawn and foliage cut short.
Ask our knowledgeable service team members at B&T Pest Control for more mosquito prevention tips when you call about mosquito control services.
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