Mosquitoes plague us year-round in many parts of Texas. Still, they are particularly prevalent during the spring and summer, gate-crashing outdoor get-togethers and BBQs looking for their next victim. Mosquitoes feed on human and animal blood for sustenance and protein to create eggs. Mosquitoes can be found throughout the United States; the two most common species living in Austin, Texas, are the Asian Tiger Mosquito and the Southern House Mosquito. As the name implies, Asian Tiger Mosquitoes can be identified by the black and white tiger stripes on their bodies. Southern House Mosquitoes are more non-descript and brown-colored with a banded abdomen. Life-threatening diseases can be transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. If you have a mosquito problem around your property, contact A-Tex Pest Management for mosquito control and prevention.
When Should You Worry about a Mosquito Bite?
Mosquitos are considered dangerous to pets and people and can spread several diseases, including West Nile, encephalitis, and Zika Virus. Mosquitoes also spread heartworms in dogs, which are deadly if left untreated. Keep pets on monthly heartworm prevention year-round for protection. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water and will thrive in these conditions. Females use standing water to lay eggs, where they will soon hatch into larvae. Standing water sources include marshes, ditches, ponds, kiddy pools, and any container with standing water. The most popular food source for mosquitoes is plant nectar. If your home has abundant flowing plants and shrubs, you will likely have a mosquito problem, particularly in the summer.
What Keeps Mosquitoes Away from My Yard?
Mosquitoes like to congregate around areas of standing water and are most active during dawn and dusk. Some of the most common places for mosquitoes to hide during the day’s heat include tall grasses, dense scrubs, under decks and porches, and along fences and tree lines. Mosquitoes will enter your home through cracks around doors and windows, tears in window and door screens, and any other voids around your house, looking for their next blood meal. Your best action is to contact your A-Tex Pest Management licensed technician to control and prevent mosquitoes on your property. Some of the things that you can do to help minimize exposure to mosquitos are to remove the items that attract them in the first place. Clean gutters regularly, cut your grass short, and thin out or remove dense undergrowth from your property. Remove water that collects on tarps; trash can lids regularly, and fill in and level out low-lying areas to prevent water from collecting. Store your wheelbarrows, buckets, and other items that can collect water upside down when unused. Regularly empty kiddie pools, bird baths, and pet dishes. Clean them with soap and water, and rinse them before refilling them with clean water.
Mosquito Pest Inspections, Treatment, Control, Removal & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park Texas
Effectively keeping mosquitoes away from your Austin, Texas, property is best left to the experts at A-Tex Pest Management. Our knowledgeable technicians can thoroughly inspect and treat your property with a customized mosquito control program to control mosquito populations. To learn more about professional mosquito control and to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at A-Tex Pest Management today.