In Texas, mosquitoes are a problem. These hazardous insects often promote questions among the locals. We at A-Tex Pest Management would like to answer a handful of the most frequently asked questions regarding mosquitoes in Texas to help clear up some confusion.
What are Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Attracted To?
When local citizens complain about being bitten by daytime biting mosquitoes, Asian tiger mosquitoes are likely the culprit. One of the most common and widespread in Texas, are Asian tiger mosquitoes. They will bite in the evening hours if the area is illuminated adequately outside, or if they get inside buildings. Generally, mosquitoes do not breed in puddles, ditches or ground pools like many other species, but these mosquitoes breed in tree holes or containers. To deter Asian tiger mosquitoes from lingering on your property, eliminate all standing water in containers on the grounds. Every week, replace the water in birdbaths and wading pools.
Standing Water Attracts Mosquitoes?
It might be a species that breeds in puddles, roadside ditches, or storm-water management basins as there are some mosquitoes in the area. During daylight hours comes from roadside ditches or puddles, very few of the mosquito species in Texas that bite.
Do Asian Mosquitoes Bite
Asian mosquitoes are persistent biters but are usually cautious and sneaky. When people are standing relatively still or moving slowly, they bite and will flit away in response to a sudden movement usually. They tend to bite, such as ankles, legs and backs or undersides of arms in places where they are less likely to be noticed. Many of the woodland pool species are fairly aggressive and will try to bite a person on the head, face or upper body, even when that person is walking. Even as the person is running or waving a broom at the mosquitoes are both dark rice-field mosquitoes and salt marsh mosquitoes, these very aggressive biters that will try to bite a person.
Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Running & Moving Water?
Mosquitoes are not generally attracted to flowing water. However, could be an important source of mosquitoes if the water has no flow, or water that is stagnant. Water that stands for less than a week will not breed mosquitoes, generally. In less than seven days, only the dark rice-field mosquito can complete its aquatic life cycle. They would probably not lay eggs in a puddle that would dry up so quickly, as this mosquito is not very common in the area. Most mosquito species require standing water for a minimum of 10 to 14 days to complete their development. You should not be concerned by puddles that stand for less than a week.
Can Mosquitoes Breed in Holes of Downed Trees?
The holes left by root balls may provide breeding habitat for mosquitoes if the water stands in the holes longer than a week. Standing water and organic matter, like decaying leaves provides ideal habitat for mosquitoes to breed. It is not risk using topsoil to fill in the holes and holes drained within a week.