Mosquito Identification

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes live throughout most of the world and are common insects. Mosquitoes are a type of fly and use their wings to move around and find breeding sites, resting sites, and food. Female and male mosquitoes use their long proboscis to feed on plant nectar and other sweet liquids. Females use the same mouthpart to feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals – including people. They feed on blood to get the protein they need to produce eggs.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Aside from the itchy red bites they leave behind, they are vectors of many diseases, making them dangerous, unwanted pests. Not all mosquitoes carry diseases, but enough do to make them one of the most dangerous pests in the world. In the United States, the diseases they spread aren’t usually life-threatening, but they do cause serious health problems. Mosquitoes in Texas spread parasitic heartworms to our pets and diseases to people like West Nile virus, western equine encephalitis, and Saint Louis encephalitis. 

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are prolific breeders living in almost any outdoor space that provides them with the right environmental conditions. They prefer to live in warm, wet, tropical locations but have adapted to almost any climate, except extremely cold weather.

The warm temperatures found in the Austin area throughout most of the year offers mosquitoes a perfect place to call home. If your property is near standing water, you will find mosquitoes living and breeding. But remember mosquitoes don’t need large bodies of water to reproduce; something as small as the top of a soda can, can act as a breeding site.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are active throughout the day but tend to be most active at dusk and dawn when the weather is coolest. Mosquitoes lay eggs on top of standing water, with places like marshes, swamps, ditches, tree hollows, and puddles being favorite natural breeding locations. These pesky insects also lay eggs inside man-made containers that collect water like buckets, flower pots, old tires, outdoor toys, pools, tarps, clogged gutters, and the tops of trash cans.

Mosquitoes are mainly an outdoor pest, which can ruin any time you try to spend outside eating, playing, or exercising. Mosquitoes can also find their way into your home through open windows and doors, just like other types of annoying flies.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Control the number of biting, breeding mosquitoes living on your property with the help of Accurate Termite and Pest Control. We have over 20 years in the pest control industry; trust us and our effective mosquito control solutions to maintain a property not overrun by mosquitoes.

Our family owned and operated pest control company is dedicated to our customers and to helping people avoid disease-spreading mosquitoes. We offer both recurring monthly services, as well as a one-time service to control mosquito numbers, depending on your unique needs. Learn more about our effective mosquito control services by giving us a call today!

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Our Accurate Termite and Pest Control professionals have put together a list of helpful prevention tips to assist Texas homeowners in stopping mosquitoes from overtaking their properties:

  • Keep biting mosquitoes out of your home by placing screens in windows and doors and keeping both closed as much as possible.
  • Avoid planting a lot of landscaping close to your home’s exterior. Mosquitoes like to hide in dense vegetation during the heat of the day.
  • Keep the grass in your yard cut short to limit resting spots.
  • Dump out containers that have collected water on your property like buckets, flower pots, wheelbarrows, tarps, trash can lids.
  • Store containers upside down when not in use.
  • If you own a pool or ornamental pond, continuously circulate the water.
  • To avoid being bitten when spending time outside on the deck or other outdoor seating area, use outdoor fans. The breeze created prevents these weak fliers from getting to you.
  • When spending time outside in wooded areas or someplace else rich in mosquitoes, wear a mosquito repellent.

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