How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes In Spring, TX?
July 15, 2021 - Mosquitoes
Spring showers bring May flowers, isn't that sweet? The spring showers also bring standing water, and lots of it. Another word for standing water could be ‘mosquito hatchery', because that's exactly what standing stagnant water turns into.
What Is A Mosquito?
Mosquitoes are very common on every continent, except Antarctica. There are 3,500 known types of mosquitoes worldwide. Not all of them bite or spread disease, and among the biting variety, it's only the females that do the bloodsucking. The type of mosquito that spreads disease is referred to as a vector. This term is not unique to mosquitoes, it's used to describe any animal or insect that spreads pathogens.
The mosquitoes' name is of mixed origin from Spain and Portugal, it means “little fly.” Their varieties must really be on the small side, because some of the types we have here in the U.S. could be classified as birds!
Here are a few more interesting factoids about mosquitoes:
- They will bite day or night.
- It only takes a few of them to start an outbreak in a community, potentially making hundreds of people sick.
- Female mosquitoes need a ‘blood meal’ to produce eggs.
- They can live indoors or outdoors.
- Their lifespan is between two to four weeks.
Dangers Of Mosquitoes
Did you know that 700,000 people worldwide die annually from mosquito-borne diseases? Did you know that mosquitos kill more living things than any other species on the planet? Did you know that in the Southwest region of the U.S., we have five types of mosquitoes? That's more than any other part of the country. The five we have here are:
- Yellow fever mosquito
- Asian tiger mosquito
- Northern house mosquito
- Southern mosquito
- Western encephalitis mosquito
In recent years there have been cases of Zika, West Nile, and chikungunya viruses reported in the South West, all directly attributed to these mosquitoes.
What Attracts Mosquitoes To My Spring, TX Property?
Many factors will attract these little pests to your property. This spring, the entire region has had higher rainfall than normal thanks to the El Nino weather patterns. A wet summer is predicted as well, and when you pair that with our normal hot summer temperatures, you get the perfect formula for mosquito breeding. There are other factors that you have control of around your home and property.
These areas should be monitored and inspected frequently:
- Standing or stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Ponds, unattended birdbaths, potted plants with saucers, clogged gutters, old tires, and basically any vessel that could hold water.
- Leaf mold or any type of damp decaying plant matter. This needs to be cleared away.
- Hedges, shrubs, and grass should be trimmed regularly.
- Do not leave animals’ watering bowls out overnight.
The above items are for your property, but let's not forget that you live on your property and you are part of the attraction.
Contact Pest Arrest For Best Results
Over the counter pesticides will give a quick fix, but will not offer the long-lasting results that you are looking for. Here at Pest Arrest, we have more than 20 years of experience that we would like to put to use just for you, and your Spring property. We offer a free inspection that can determine which mosquito control and prevention service plan will best suit your needs.
We understand that you have questions and concerns. After all, your family and pets are your most treasured possessions. Before you leave, take a peek at our testimonials and reviews. We would love the chance to answer your questions in person at your free inspection. We also provide commercial pest control for Spring businesses.
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