What Causes A Lot Of Mosquitoes Around Your Yard In Pearland?
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What Causes A Lot Of Mosquitoes Around Your Yard In Pearland?

Mosquitoes have lived on the Earth for over a hundred million years, and there are about 3,500 different types of them. Mosquitoes are a common pest infestation all over the country. Mosquitoes can live almost everywhere on Earth and possess a set of behaviors and habits that ensure their survival in the wild. They breed quickly with a minimum of resources. They are small and highly maneuverable, making them difficult for predators to catch. They can travel considerable distances in search of optimal environmental opportunities for breeding and hosts to feed on. Mosquito infestations can grow from small to severe quickly and can be difficult to address, especially when attempting DIY pest control techniques. 

While these habits and behaviors help them survive in the wild, they can allow mosquitoes to overpopulate urban environments. Mosquitoes use standing water to reproduce, and they do not need much of it. They can reliably reproduce in even a small capful of water. In short, they can reproduce anywhere there is standing water. Mosquitoes also need shelter. During the day, when the sun is up, and temperatures rise, direct exposure can dry mosquitoes out. Because of this, mosquitoes will seek cover from the sun during the day. They prefer hiding in bushes, shrubs, and tall grass. At dusk, when the temperatures fall, mosquitoes come out to feed. If you suddenly find yourself under attack by hungry mosquitoes, you will want to know how to get rid of mosquitoes. 

Mosquitoes have the justly deserved notoriety of being dangerous. They do not bite or sting, and they are not venomous, but they are considered the deadliest disease-carrying insects on the planet. Their bites can carry several different diseases, some of them severe, and mosquitoes are directly responsible for millions of deaths around the world each year. 

If you need quality pest control in Pearland, one of the best companies you can call is Modern Pest Control. We have an extensive history of eliminating all area pests, including mosquitoes, and we can help you get rid of yours. Contact us today for help with mosquitoes. 

Do Mosquitoes Have A Purpose?

Mosquitoes are considered by many to be nuisance pests and for a good reason. Mosquitoes are constantly on the hunt for blood because they are constantly breeding. If you are outside while they are feeding, mosquitoes will consistently pursue you for food. It can be hard to see mosquitoes as anything other than pests. Though humans often consider mosquitoes to be nuisance pests or potential vectors for infectious pathogens, there are two important functions that mosquitoes perform:

Food chain: Mosquitoes serve as a food source for several different species. Many creatures consider mosquitoes tasty and include them in their diets. Dragonflies, bats, birds, frogs, spiders, ants, and turtles all consume mosquitoes. So, while humans consider mosquitoes a bother, many species rely on them for consistent nutrition.

Pollination: While mosquitoes are notorious for biting humans for blood, female mosquitoes only do this when they need to reproduce. They seek blood because they need the protein in blood to reproduce. Mosquitoes sustain themselves by feeding on flower nectar, and because of this, they serve a role in pollination. Mosquitoes are not as prolific as bees are when it comes to pollinating, but they are still highly important for plant reproduction. 

How Often Are Mosquito Bites Dangerous?

Mosquito bites can always be considered irritating. Mosquito bites often sting initially and then begin to itch later. Mosquitoes need blood to reproduce. Male mosquitoes don't bite and instead live off flower nectar. Female mosquitoes do bite and use the blood to help fertilize their eggs. Mosquitoes feed by piercing your skin with a small needle-like appendage and then drawing the blood out. At the same time, they inject their saliva into the area to keep the blood from thickening. Their saliva contains a substance that keeps the blood from coagulating.

Unfortunately, if a mosquito bites a host infected with a dangerous pathogen, that pathogen can then survive inside the mosquito. When that mosquito later feeds on another host, it can inject the pathogen at the same time that it's injecting its saliva. This is why mosquito bites can be dangerous. They literally inject their hosts with whatever pathogen they are carrying. Mosquitoes are associated with West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, encephalitis, and tularemia. Due to the nature of their disease transmission mechanism, mosquitoes have a high probability of transmitting any disease they have to every host they later bite. Because of this, mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous disease-spreading insect on the planet, and it's important to keep mosquitoes away.

Mosquitoes can potentially introduce you and your family to dangerous pathogens, some of which can be considered life-threatening. If you're struggling with mosquito control in Pearland, Modern Pest Control is the company that can help you. We have an extended history of successfully dealing with mosquitoes and every other pest in the area. Our safe, effective, and science-based treatments work every time.

What Causes Mosquito Infestations?

Mosquitoes in Pearland are highly flexible in their breeding and living environments, and they tend to hunt and live singly instead of in colonies and hives. They survive on readily available flower sources, and even though they need blood to reproduce, they can obtain it from many animal sources. A few mosquitoes can be considered a nuisance, but a lot of them can be overwhelming. Knowing what makes your yard attractive to mosquitoes is an important step in removing them from your yard.

These are some of the things that can bring mosquitoes to your yard:

  • Standing water: Mosquitoes need water to breed, but they don't need much. Even a capful of water is sufficient for mosquitoes to reproduce. Mosquitoes lay their eggs near or in water; once the eggs have hatched, mosquitoes go through several stages while living in the water before they develop into adulthood. Once they reach adulthood, mosquitoes will leave the water and will be able to start feeding on blood immediately. If you have standing water anywhere near your home, even if it's only a small amount, mosquitoes will have everything they need in order to build their numbers rapidly. Eliminate all standing water sources in your yard to remove places where mosquitoes can breed. 

  • Overgrown bushes and hedges: Bushes and hedges that provide good shade offer excellent opportunities for mosquitoes to hide during the day. The darker it is inside these plants, the more the mosquitoes will like them. As the evening approaches, you may encounter masses of mosquitoes migrating out of bushes and hedges, which can make it impossible to enjoy your yard—the larger and thicker the plants, the higher your chances of attracting more mosquitoes. Decreasing the number of bushes and hedges around your home can help decrease mosquito harborage areas. Keeping existing bushes and hedges well-trimmed can also help decrease the number of mosquitoes you have to deal with. 

  • Overgrown grass: Grass that has been allowed to get too long is another thing that attracts mosquitoes. Mosquitoes utilize overgrown grass in the same way that they use bushes and hedges; they hide in it to take cover from the sun and emerge later in the evening when the sun starts going down and the temperature drops. Keeping your grass mowed is one way to minimize your chances of encountering mosquitoes in your yard. As noted above, keeping your bushes and hedges trimmed also helps, and combining these two preventive measures can go a long way toward preventing mosquitoes from coming to and infesting your yard.

  • Exposed garbage: While mosquitoes are not interested in garbage, many other kinds of pests are. Exposed garbage will draw insects of many different types, but it will also draw various types of wildlife. Mice and rats are highly adaptable pests and are constantly on the hunt for easy access to food. Raccoons are comfortable in urban environments and will deftly explore open garbage for free food opportunities. Possums are like raccoons in that they are omnivorous and will readily come to explore open trash. Mosquitoes will feed on all of these forms of wildlife in order to get blood, and if wildlife is in your yard, they will draw mosquitoes along with them. 

Mosquitoes have a lot going for them when it comes to not only surviving but thriving. Mosquitoes can fly several miles away from where they are born, so even if you are able to eliminate mosquitoes in your local area, other mosquitoes can still return to your home given time. The best way to get rid of mosquitoes outside is to get inside and call Modern Pest Control. Once you contact us, our skilled, professional technicians will come to your home and perform a detailed inspection to see what you are up against. Once we finish our inspections, we will partner with you to discuss your property's most effective treatment options. We then administer our safe, effective, and science-based treatments to eliminate mosquito infestations and to rectify anything that may draw them to your property again. 

What's The Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes Away?

Mosquito infestations can be a difficult problem to solve, and this is one of the reasons that they are so frequently encountered. Mosquitoes are one of the most challenging outdoor pest infestations in the country to eradicate. They have high breeding rates, and it can be difficult to track down all the places they can use to reproduce. Though mosquitoes are blood-seeking insects that come for you if you're in your yard at dusk, relentless in pursuit of what they want, they tend to hide during the daytime, and their small size makes them all but undetectable on routine inspections. Mosquitoes can also fly considerable distances in search of hosts. Proper mosquito pest control techniques require extensive and overlapping pest control efforts.  

DIY pest control solutions are rarely effective on mosquitoes. They can get some of the pests but won't get all of them, and mosquito infestations can persist around your home. Mosquitoes don't reliably respond to bait traps, and area treatments aimed at the proper treatment of mosquitoes must not only address the mosquitoes themselves but the factors that make your property appealing to them and suitable for mosquito reproduction. Modern Pest Control technicians use a multi-layered approach to eliminate the conditions that increase the potential for mosquito breeding and to address the living mosquitoes themselves in all of their life stages.

The best way to keep mosquitoes away is to call Modern Pest Control. Once you call us, our experienced technicians will come to your house to complete an extensive evaluation of your property to gain an understanding of what you are up against. We look for breeding areas, harborage areas, and any other mosquito-conducive features. Once we complete our inspection, we will partner with you to decide on the best treatment solutions. Mosquito measures can include eliminating standing water sources, managing landscaping features that may attract mosquitoes, and also using safe, effective, and science-based treatments to get mosquitoes under control. We can also partner with you on routine inspections and treatments to provide effective mosquito control on an ongoing basis. 

Getting a handle on mosquito infestations doesn't have to be complicated. Modern Pest Control professionals can help take the stress and frustrations out of mosquito control. Keeping you and your family safe is always a top priority; remember, the mosquito is a dangerous animal. To enjoy spending time in your yard, get in touch with us at Modern Pest Control today for help eliminating mosquito infestations. You will be glad you did.

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