Getting Your Houston Property Ready For Mosquito Season
February 5, 2021
Mosquitoes are one of those pests so universal, we all know and despise them. Never fear, for these winged, needle-nosed pests are no match for the professionals at Romney Pest Control.
The bloodthirsty mosquito is a pest as universal as they come, but one that generally isn't active in the colder months of the year. The state of Texas is one key exception to this rule, due to its hotter and drier climate, making them universal and all-season pests. It’s important to be on the defense from mosquitoes regardless of the season, though when flowers begin to bloom, mosquito season is upon us. If you’re not careful, populations will multiply and conquer the air around your Houston property.
How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes Really?
The dangers presented by the mosquito are fairly apparent to anyone who has suffered from their insufferable hunger. Many bugs seek out sustenance in plants, nectar, or other bugs, but not the mosquito. They prey on mammals, including humans, dogs, and cats, siphoning blood from their bodies and leaving behind itchy bumps that will bleed out if scratched at. These open wounds can become infected, but it’s much more likely that you’ll get sick from the mosquito bite itself, as the pests are prolific carriers of the disease. Malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, and the Zika virus are only the tip of the viral iceberg mosquitoes that can ram into your bloodstream. Many of these diseases, including Lyme disease, can be potentially lethal if not caught early enough.
Quick Tips For Lessening Mosquito Populations Around Your Houston Property
Want tips for reducing mosquito populations around your Houston home? We don't blame you! No matter the side effects, no one wants to or should have to deal with these problematic pests. Whether or not you’re closing in on mosquito season, the DIY tricks listed below will serve as excellent first steps in removing them from your land:
- Mosquito larva is aquatic, transferring to live above the water as they age. If you don’t want these pests multiplying exponentially on your land, you need to remove items that can collect unnecessary liquid. Rain gutters, birdbaths, empty flowerpots — even fish ponds can become breeding grounds if not taken care of.
- Keep an eye on the type of flowers you have around the house. Mosquitoes love certain flowery smells, especially the males, who don’t drink blood like their female counterparts, but nectar. Citrusy or peppermint plants are much more useful in repelling mosquitoes.
- Speaking of aromas, be wary of the fragrances you use or naturally emit when you go outside. If citrusy smells aren’t your style, trying using lavender, garlic, or smoky smells to keep mosquitoes away from the areas you don’t want them in.
- Sometimes, it’s not about driving mosquitoes away, but knowing how to avoid them. Hungry mosquitoes are most active around dusk and dawn, so, if possible, refrain from going outside around these periods.
Quick tips are useful, but if you want to be truly prepared, you need the assistance of seasoned mosquito control professionals. After all, when mosquito season comes around, having a team on your side will keep your San Antonio property prepared for anything rising populations can dish out. Contact Romney Pest Control today for specialized mosquito prevention plans.