What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are small, flying insects that most people have had many run-ins with when spending time outside. Male and female mosquitoes feed on place nectar. However, female mosquitoes also require blood meals from warm-blooded mammals to produce viable eggs that hatch into new breeding adults.
Mosquitoes are attracted to their hosts through scents, body heat, and exhaled carbon dioxide that people and animals produce. Keeping mosquitoes away from your Anaheim home can be a tall task without help from trained pest professionals; contact A-1 Bonded Termite today for immediate assistance!
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are vectors of diseases that make people and animals ill. They acquire different pathogens and parasites and then transmit them to their next host as they feed. While it is true that not every mosquito is diseased, many are, which is why it is essential to limit your contact with them and reduce their numbers in your California yard.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Mosquitoes are a problem anywhere there is warm weather, breeding sites, and food sources. Our California yards can provide mosquitoes with all three. Because it only takes eight to ten days for a mosquito to develop into a new biting mosquito, a small mosquito infestation can quickly turn into a large-scale infestation. The more mosquitoes on your property, the harder it will be for you and your family to enjoy spending time outside.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
There are several areas in your yard where you can find mosquitoes gathering. While they commonly swarm around people because the females want to bite us and feed on our blood, males and females also gather around flowers and flowering vegetation to feed on plant nectar.
When the sun is its hottest in the middle of the day, many mosquitoes seek shade and cooler temperatures in tall grass, overgrown landscaping, under tree canopies, and under decks.
The most common place to come into contact with a large swarm of biting mosquitoes is around their breeding sites, areas of standing water. Things like leaky hoses or outdoor fixtures, birdbaths, wading pools, overwatered flower pots, pools that aren’t properly maintained, and pet water bowls are common mosquito breeding sites in our area.
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
To help you keep mosquitoes from taking over your yard, we want to provide you with the following five tips:
- Keep your property’s grass cut short and cut back overgrown shrubbery, landscaping plants, and trees.
- Remove standing water from your property.
- Store containers that can collect rainwater upside down or inside when not needed.
- If you own a pool, make sure it is properly maintained.
- Plant things in your gardens like lavender, marigolds, basil, and citronella grass that naturally repel mosquitoes.
While the above pest prevention tips are helpful, partnering with a professional is the best way to prevent large populations of mosquitoes from overtaking your outdoor space.