Early morning and evenings are prime mosquito times. Those are also the times of the day when we spend the most time outdoors. Texas is a beautiful place for outdoor living, and mosquitoes agree. What are the best ways to control mosquitoes around your home and yard? The following list of things you can do is a great place to start for mosquito control.
- Remove standing water – This is a popular item that you read about on many blogs, but mosquitoes do not need standing water to breed. The female-only needs damp soil to lay her eggs and for them to hatch. You should still remove standing water as mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in water.
- Trim shrubbery and remove weeds – Sounds like an odd suggestion, but the male mosquito does not eat blood he eats plant sap. While male mosquitoes do not bit humans, getting rid of them helps to control the population.
- Install a Mister System – Mister systems work great for controlling mosquitoes. They do require maintenance and installation. They emit a contact pesticide so they should only be used in parts of the yards where children and pets do not go. It is also a good idea to use misters along fences or breezeways. Some mosquito pesticides are green in nature, making them a bit safer to use. Ask us about green pest control for mosquito abatement.
- Treat Water Features – Mosquitoes will breed in fountains and other places where water is constant. In ponds, there are chemical treatments that kill mosquito larvae, but they may also harm fish or amphibians. It is important to choose a toxin that is easily controlled, does a good job, and takes a limited toll outside of its role. A good example of concern about using toxins to control mosquitoes in ponds would be when those ponds have fish, such as Koi, goldfish, or mosquito fish.
Mosquitoes and Disease
Mosquitoes are a big concern for many Bryan and College Station families. Their pest status goes beyond their annoying biting and merges into the concern about diseases that mosquitoes can transmit. West Nile Virus is a disease that mosquitoes transmit to people, and as vectors, they can do so here in Texas. In other parts of the world, the threat of malaria is so great that mosquitoes deter people from living or working in certain areas. Yellow Fever and other diseases are also common in diseases spread by mosquitoes, and the threat of these is growing in Texas. Controlling mosquitoes is the best way to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases. Learn more about ongoing pest control for year-round mosquito abatement by reaching out to us.
Learn more about how to control mosquito populations around your yard by reaching out to our team. We provide affordable and comprehensive pest control services throughout the Bryan and College Station communities. We also offer ongoing pest control that addresses a wide range of pest issues before they emerge.