What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes have thin dangling legs that are longer than their bodies. They are a type of fly and, like other flies, have only one pair of wings. Anderson pest control professionals are trained to identify and control mosquito populations near your home.
Female mosquitoes are responsible for the bites these insects are most known for delivering to people and animals. The females require the protein from the blood to create viable eggs and complete their life cycle. Though mosquitoes have a short lifespan, their prolific breeding habits make it easy for them to take over any outdoor space that provides food (plant nectar), access to blood meals, and shady, cool resting spots.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are unwanted pests not only because they deliver itchy bites and make it impossible to enjoy our backyards but because they can spread diseases. As mosquitoes feed on different hosts, they acquire and spread various diseases, including the West Nile virus, which can make people quite ill. Mosquitoes are significant vectors of diseases and some of the most dangerous creatures on the planet. Limiting your contact with mosquitoes is vital to your family's health, safety, and ability to enjoy your yard!
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes are most problematic in areas with a lot of moisture, standing water, shade, and vegetation. Wooded areas, tall grass, drainage ditches, gardens, overgrown landscaping, and other places where rainwater and moisture collect are where you will find large populations of mosquitoes.
Our Anderson yards are attractive to mosquitoes because of the plentiful vegetation they can rest on, the people and pets to consume blood meals from, and the many areas in our yards where standing water collects.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
We regularly find mosquitoes swarming around their breeding sites (areas of standing water). Places where water tends to collect in and around our homes include:
- Buckets and flower pots
- Clogged gutters
- Low-lying areas
- Overwatered gardens and flowerbeds
- The tops of tarps and trash can lids
- Piles of yard debris
During the middle of the day, when temperatures are warmest, most mosquitoes hang out in cool shady areas like under decks, tree canopies, tall grass, dense shrubbery, and under rocks or within woodpiles.
Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, but some more aggressive species are active during the day.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
The best way to keep mosquitoes at bay and away from your yard and family is to partner with a local and experienced professional. At Priority Pest And Contracting, we offer recurring monthly services from March through October to reduce the number of breeding and feeding mosquitoes on your property.
Regular mosquito control services and eliminating standing water are the one-two punch needed to keep mosquitoes away and your property from being overrun by biting mosquitoes. Enjoy your Anderson backyard with the help of our experienced and dedicated home pest control professionals.
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Use the following mosquito prevention tips to stop these biting insects from being drawn to your Anderson property:
- Remove containers from your outdoor spaces that are collecting standing water.
- Repair low spots in your yard or driveway that allow rainwater to collect.
- Keep gutters clear of debris.
- Keep grass short and prune overgrown shrubbery and trees to reduce resting spots.
- Use outdoor fans and screens to keep mosquitoes away from outdoor sitting or eating areas.
- Use scents that repel mosquitoes, like citronella candles or peppermint essential oil.
The above tips and our effective residential or commercial mosquito control offerings are the best ways to keep South Carolina mosquitoes from taking over your Anderson yard. Call now for more information!
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