How Do I Stop Mosquitoes From Biting Me In Pearland?
Mosquitoes are often relentless. They keep coming and coming with no end in sight. So, is there any way to stop them? Yes. But our answer may surprise you. The secret to stopping mosquitoes from biting you is to prevent mosquitoes from spending time in your yard. Does that seem like an impossible dream? Well, it isn't a dream at all. It is quite doable. While you can't make your yard a literal mosquito-free zone, you can address the mosquitoes in your yard so thoroughly that it will feel like there are no mosquitoes out there. Join us today as we look at how professional mosquito control in Pearland can make outdoor recreation a whole lot nicer by addressing the problem of having mosquitoes around. Before we get into that, we will also take a look at some important facts about these pests. Stick with us all the way to the end to learn how to prevent mosquito bites with personal protection and how to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard.
Do Mosquitoes Have A Purpose?
Mosquitoes have a purpose in the world, and it is primarily linked to reproduction and feeding. They are low on the food chain, and many animals eat them, including birds, bats, frogs, fish, and dragonflies. If we didn't have mosquitoes, some of these animals might even go extinct. But, while they're providing a food source for those animals, mosquitoes can also be driving you crazy in your yard.
Mosquitoes are a plague. They gather around you like a cloud and look for every opportunity to land on you and bite your skin. While it may seem like mosquitoes live only to bite you, they actually don't. If you're looking to prevent mosquito bites, you need to know why this is the case.
Only female mosquitoes bite, and they only bite when they're reproducing. At all other times, both male and female mosquitoes aren't eating blood; they're eating nectar and plant sap. So, why does it feel like every mosquito wants to bite you? It is because there are so many of them. A female mosquito lays about 50 to 200 hundred eggs at a time, depending on the species. That means it doesn't take many female mosquitoes to make a swarm in your yard. The next time you're surrounded by mosquitoes, take a moment to consider that you're only seeing a tiny fraction of the mosquitoes in your Pearland yard. Here are a few reasons why these facts are important.
- Mosquitoes reproduce in large numbers. That is great if you're an animal that eats them. But it is not so great when you don't want mosquitoes biting you.
- When mosquitoes come into your yard, they go straight to the flowers and plants. They drink nectar from the flowers and draw the sap out of the plants. Lots of vegetation can attract mosquitoes, particularly weeds.
- When a female mosquito lays eggs in your yard, she creates a large population almost immediately. If her offspring mate and lay eggs, the number of mosquitoes in your yard will increase exponentially.
- Since female mosquitoes draw blood for the purpose of reproduction and survival of their species, they're not easily deterred. Repelling mosquitoes rarely has any significant or lasting impact.
- Mosquitoes are drawn to vegetation, so it is possible to target them while they're resting. Eliminating resting mosquitoes and minimizing breeding areas are the core principles of mosquito control.
Mosquitoes have an important purpose. They create a giant food source for the animals of our world. But they also create a giant problem for us in our yards because they bite, and bites often lead to itchy and irritating wounds. Not only do mosquito bites cause itchy wounds on the skin, they can also spread diseases.
What Are The Worst Mosquito-Borne Diseases?
We're sure you've heard of malaria. You may also know about Zika virus and yellow fever. These are all mosquito-borne diseases that have gotten a lot of press time, and they are well known for being deadly. According to experts, malaria alone is linked to more than 750,000 deaths worldwide each year. Fortunately, none of these diseases are localized to the continental United States. So, if you have a fear of mosquitoes, you can breathe in a sigh of relief. But we're not entirely protected. There are a few endemic mosquito-borne diseases we have to deal with, including West Nile virus, dengue fever, chikungunya, and tularemia. The worst are those that cause encephalitis. If you're not familiar with the term, encephalitis refers to a swelling of the brain. When the brain swells, it can lead to severe symptoms that are potentially deadly.
It is essential to know a few facts about these local mosquito-borne diseases. There is good and bad news. Let's break the facts down.
- There are several diseases with the word encephalitis in their names, such as Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), which occurs in the Eastern or Gulf Coast states. One of the most concerning of all mosquito-borne diseases that cause encephalitis is West Nile virus, which doesn't have encephalitis in its name.
- The primary symptom of encephalitis is a headache. If you get flu-like symptoms along with a headache, monitor your symptoms carefully and seek medical attention quickly if symptoms worsen.
- Not all mosquitoes can spread diseases that cause encephalitis. The primary insects of concern are Aedes and Culex mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes – also known as Asian tiger mosquitoes – are recognizable by their black-and-white striped coloration. Culex mosquitoes are a bit more difficult to differentiate. The species come in a variety of colors.
- If you contract a potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus, it is possible to have little to no symptoms. When you don't have symptoms, it is called being asymptomatic. While good for you, it is bad for others. If you have the disease and another mosquito bites you, it can spread to other people. You're considered a carrier. When there is a high rate of asymptomatic response, mosquito-borne viruses are able to spread far greater distances.
- Some mosquitoes don't spread diseases at all. You can get lots of irritating bites and not contract a disease. These bites are just irritating. The reason for the irritation is that your body attempts to fight off proteins in the saliva of the mosquito by sending histamine to the wound. While histamine has an important role to play in your body, by regulating your sleep and wake cycles, it causes the allergy symptoms associated with mosquito bites, such as itching, rash, and swelling.
- You can treat most bites with a cold compress, anti-itch cream, antihistamines, and aloe. Doing so will reduce the irritation caused by your body's histamines. If you notice medical symptoms after receiving mosquito bites, monitor them closely.
- The worst diseases happen only during outbreaks. You'll hear on the news when these outbreaks occur. Any mosquito-borne disease can be brought into the country at any time by travelers from abroad. Take extra precautions during outbreaks to prevent mosquito bites and address mosquitoes in your yard to reduce the risk of a potentially harmful infection.
While all mosquitoes won't make you sick, there is a risk to consider. It is best to keep mosquitoes away from your property and prevent mosquito bites. Let's turn our attention to how you can prevent mosquito bites and reduce mosquitoes in your yard.
What Are Some Tips To Prevent Mosquito Bites?
Now that you know a bit about why mosquitoes bite you, why they're so incessant, and why it is important that you don't let them bite, it is time to talk about mosquito bite prevention. It begins with personal protection. These are tips you can use to keep mosquitoes from biting you while you're in your yard or when you're away from home.
- The most effective way to prevent mosquito bites is to use netting. You can put netting on exterior structures for outdoor recreation, wear clothing with netting attached, and apply netting over baby strollers.
- Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pair of pants to make it harder for mosquitoes to bite your skin. Select clothing that is loose-fitting for even better protection.
- Avoid going outdoors in the morning or evening when mosquitoes are known to be more active.
- If you're in a stationary spot, use a fan to create a current of air that pushes mosquitoes away.
- Apply EPA-approved insect repellent. The products that work the best contain DEET, IR3535, and picaridin.
- If you want a natural repellent, we recommend a product with oil of lemon eucalyptus.
These personal mosquito prevention tips can help you at any time. If you're going to be spending time in your yard, we have a few more suggestions. It isn't enough to know how to repel mosquitoes; you also need to know how to directly reduce mosquito populations.
- Remove objects from your yard that collect rainwater, as they are able to provide a breeding site for mosquitoes.
- Clean your gutters to remove breeding sites in your gutters and to reduce perimeter moisture near your home.
- Remove weeds, grass, and other unwanted vegetation from your landscaping. Trim your plants and remove leaves. All of this will help to reduce moisture and humidity as well as places mosquitoes like to rest.
- Address lawn weeds, as they provide a food source for mosquitoes and will attract them into your yard.
All of these tips work together to give you relief from mosquito bites. They deter mosquitoes from biting and directly target mosquito reproduction on your property. But do they provide the best control? Will they make your yard feel like it is mosquito-free? No. Let's take a look at what will.
What Is The Best Mosquito Control For Properties?
You are almost an expert on mosquito control. You know why female mosquitoes bite and why they aren't easily deterred. You know that they create large populations in your yard and mob you when you go outside. We armed you with some of the best tips for preventing mosquito bites and provided some ideas to help you reduce mosquitoes on your property. Now we're going to connect everything together.
The main issue with mosquitoes is that they reproduce on your property and live in your vegetation and other hiding places. In your yard, mosquitoes will lay eggs and grow their populations. The females that hatch from eggs in your yard will search for a blood meal when they're ready to reproduce. While you have some ability to stop them, the best solution is to eliminate mosquitoes where they rest. Here are a few reasons why this is effective:
- Mosquitoes can't help but rest. They spend most of their time in resting areas. When these areas are treated, mosquitoes are quickly exposed to the control material.
- When you eliminate one female, you prevent that mosquito from laying as many as two hundred eggs.
- When you remove the mosquitoes on your property, it takes time for new mosquitoes to move in, and mosquitoes don't typically travel very far.
- The treatments provided by your professional also work to stunt mosquito development. We use products with insect growth regulators, which prevent larvae from developing into adults. Since only the adults fly, and only the adults bite, these treatments stop mosquitoes from biting you until the next treatment.
- When you have routine treatments throughout mosquito season, you have the right amount of control to reduce mosquito activity significantly.
- Since only a fraction of the mosquitoes in your yard are female mosquitoes attempting to get a blood meal for reproduction, you're likely to not notice mosquitoes hardly at all after you start with your mosquito control treatments.
You don't have to get rid of mosquitoes entirely to make your yard feel like it is a mosquito-free zone. Are you in Pearland and in need of professional mosquito control near you? Contact Modern Pest Control for service. Our trained and experienced technicians use industry-leading methods and materials to manage mosquito populations and reduce mosquito bites. Jump to our contact page to learn more.