Mosquitoes are probably the very most pesky and despised insect of all time. They hover around us when we’re trying to enjoy our yards on cool summer evenings, they give us bites that can be outrageously ugly and itchy, and the carry the risk of infection that can lead to bigger health problems.
Mosquitoes are outdoor insects, so most people don’t think to contact pest control in order to contain the mosquito population in their yard. However, treating your house and yard for mosquitoes can reduce the harm and bother of mosquitoes significantly. And if you want to enjoy the great outdoors during the warmer months, treating your yard for mosquito infestations could be a wise move for you and your family.
Because mosquitoes transfer blood, they carry a high risk of infectious diseases. That’s why you’ll see them in the news a lot as carriers of West Nile Virus, dengue fever, and malaria. Most diseases that mosquitoes carry aren’t a big worry in the United States, but West Nile does occur in Utah occasionally. It’s always best to protect yourself from the risk of infection by reducing mosquito populations around your home as much as possible, and taking personal precautions to deter mosquitoes when you’re out and about.
Mosquitoes are most known for their prominent proboscis, used to feed on blood or nectar. Part of the same family as flies, they can be confused with small stinging flies or gnats. Mosquitos can range in size from 3-9 mm.
Mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn, but they can also be active during the day in cool, shady areas. What most people don’t know is that male mosquitoes don’t actually feed on blood. Only the females do, in preparation for laying eggs.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, and in the larval stage, they feed off of waterborne organisms and flotsam. There can 100 eggs or more in each laying cycle, and although mosquitoes don’t live long (females live 6-8 weeks, and males live much shorter) they’re constantly breeding whenever there are favorable conditions to be found.
Although mosquitoes go into hiding during the winter weather, they can hibernate and re-emerge when the weather thaws. Both adult mosquitoes and eggs can keep over an entire winter.
Because mosquitoes need standing water in order to reproduce, the first defense against a mosquito infestation is to eliminate all standing water sources around your yard and house. This can be gutters, old pots or tires, or simply areas in your yard where water tends to pool after a storm. Getting rid of random yard debris, or turning it so that it doesn’t gather water, will minimize areas where mosquitoes can reproduce. Being vigilant against this risk is one of the best things that you can do to prevent mosquito infestations.
However, sometimes simply getting rid of standing water isn’t enough to rid you of harmful mosquito infestations. Our professional services can reduce or eliminate mosquitoes from your yard so that you can be outside enjoying the weather instead of worrying about bites. When one of our experienced technicians visits your house, we’ll do a few things: