Here in sunny Dallas, the weather is perfect for enjoying summer fun with your family and friends. Unfortunately, mosquitos are also partial to our beautiful weather, and every year these nuisance insects descend onto the Dallas area and ruin the time we spend in our yard.
Mosquitos are at best an annoyance, and at worst can transmit disease. Their itchy bites persist for days, and they’re known to carry serious diseases that could have dire consequences. Today, we’ll cover everything you need to know about mosquito control, including what attracts mosquitoes and what you can do to keep yourself and your family safe from them.
Why are there mosquitoes in my yard?
The primary goal of the mosquito is to breed and continue the lifecycle. In order to do this, they need still water to breed. Anywhere standing water exists in your yard, it serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If your home is within close vicinity to any stagnant body of water, mosquitoes are bound to be a problem.
The best way to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your yard is to eliminate their breeding grounds. When it comes to what attracts mosquitos, here are some of the things you can do to keep them away:
- Eliminate standing water. Flowerpots, birdbaths, and baby pools are all common sources.
- Put away any containers you have that can accumulate water, or flip them upside down.
- Clean your gutters frequently to prevent water from accumulating in clogged sections.
- Make sure all doors and windows have screens and repair any holes in the screens.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
It’s a well-known fact that mosquitoes carry a wealth of diseases throughout the world. Both EEE and West Nile Virus can spread from an infected bird to a mosquito that feeds upon it. The newly infected mosquito then feeds on another bird, spreading the virus as the cycle continues. Hosts such as dogs, horses, chickens, and humans contract the virus from infected mosquitoes but do not spread the virus. This is why they are considered “dead end hosts.”
St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) – First identified in St. Louis in 1933. Only a small portion of those infected by SLE exhibit symptoms and become ill. Severe cases progress from meningitis and encephalitis to coma and possible death.
West Nile Virus– The first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Texas was in 2001. 80% of people do not feel any symptoms. Severe and rare cases cause brain inflammation or meningitis, and sometimes death.
Zika Virus– The first confirmed case of Zika virus was around 2015. Common symptoms last several days to a week, including fever, rash, headache, conjunctivitis, muscle pain, and joint pain.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)– First identified in the 1930’s. Severe cases can result in seizures, coma, permanent brain damage, or even death.
All of this information can seem scary and intimidating, but not all bites lead to illness and disease. That doesn’t mean it’s not essential to prevent your property and family against mosquito activity.
How can I prevent mosquitoes from breeding on my lawn?
Mosquitoes aren’t shy, and they’ll quickly multiply once they find a place to breed. If you’re seeing mosquitoes hovering around your yard, that indicates breeding points around your yard. Getting rid of active mosquitoes is not easy. However, preventing new mosquitoes from appearing is very useful. This can be achieved through professional mosquito control and physically reducing conditions that are conducive to mosquito breeding. The good news is that you can reduce mosquito breeding on your own! Take these simple steps on your own to prevent mosquitoes.
- Dump standing water that has collected in birdbaths, old tires, buckets, playsets, and pet bowls. Did you know that mosquitoes can breed in water collected in as small as a bottle cap?
- Use store-bought products that contain DEET. This active ingredient repels both mosquitoes and ticks.
- Avoid wearing strong cologne and perfume. Strong scents can attract mosquitoes.
- Call Certified for professional mosquito control.
How can Certified Termite and Pest Control get rid of mosquitoes in my yard?
Our mosquito technicians will visit your home during several scheduled visits throughout the season. Mosquito treatments take place from April through October. Although mosquitoes are usually associated with the summer heat, they can still thrive in the fall. Services involve the treatment of the perimeter of your property to stop mosquitoes from breeding. Treatments can be customized to focus on landscaping and bodies of standing water should they exist on your property. If you should experience bites in between services, give us a call, and one of our mosquito technicians will revisit your home for no additional fee.
Give us a call or fill out the contact form on this page for a mosquito inspection at your home!