Everything You Could Want To Know About Mosquitoes In Tarrant County
March 15, 2021
Mosquitoes might be small, but they are one of the most formidable pests in Tarrant County. Most of us know these flying insects for the itchy marks they leave behind after getting a bit of our blood, but there are many facts about mosquitoes you might not have heard.
For one thing, the name mosquito means “little fly” and has Spanish origins. These pests can look similar to other, less frustrating flying insects, but you can identify mosquitoes by their six long, thin legs and the skinny appendage that comes from their mouths. The females of the species use this structure to suck the blood of animals or humans, but the males of the species don’t drink blood.
Another interesting fact about mosquitoes is that there are around 3,500 different species. This means they can vary in size, color, and markings. Some are black with white stripes while others are mostly grey and others are tan with dark markings.
The Dangers Of Mosquitoes
You probably know that mosquitoes can spread diseases, but you might not have heard how dangerous they really are. Since they move from one host to the next, they can transmit the illnesses from the blood of one person or animal to the next.
Because of this, they have come to be considered one of the deadliest animals in the world. They are a serious pest problem, and they aren’t to be taken lightly. Mosquitoes are able to spread some serious and deadly illnesses including:
- West Nile virus
- Zika virus
- Dengue fever
- Yellow fever
Along with being able to spread the above, and many more, illnesses, mosquitoes can also cause allergic reactions for some people.
Because of these risks, even if not all bites are going to lead to sickness, it’s vital to take measures to keep yourself and others around you safe from mosquitoes. Learning how to prevent and control mosquitoes before they get out of hand is key.
Some Mosquito Prevention Tips
Mosquitoes can be really difficult to control because they are often attracted to a general area because of things like lakes or large ponds. This is because the main thing that draws mosquitoes in is water. They lay their eggs in standing water, so any kind of calm waters can appeal to them.
The other factor that makes your property potentially appealing to mosquitoes is an excess of foliage. Mosquitoes will rest under leaves in the daytime before becoming more active at dusk.
To reduce the number of mosquitoes around your property, you can take these steps:
- Remove standing water from your property.
- Keep any water features like fountains, pools, and hot tubs covered.
- Clean out gutters and ensure rainfall can drain efficiently.
- Keep your yard maintained and grass mowed.
- Regularly trim plants, especially shrubs, bushes, and trees, around the yard.
The Best Way To Control Mosquito Problems
It’s not always possible to prevent or remove mosquitoes as their numbers can grow quickly, and not all standing water can be eliminated. The only effective way to significantly reduce the mosquito population around your yard is with help from the professionals at Ivy Green Pest Control.
We are known for our 14-point pest elimination process, and we offer both residential and commercial pest control. Get started today by requesting a free quote.