If you live in the Houston area where mosquitoes like to swarm, then you know just how troublesome, annoying and itchy that these pests can be. Whether it’s just one or an entire flock, mosquitoes are no joke! All we want is to enjoy our summers with barbeques and campfires in our backyards, but what we end up doing is swatting, lighting candles and dousing ourselves in stinky sprays to try and keep those blood-sucking villains off our skin.
Even if you’re someone who doesn’t mind the occasional bite and scratching that mosquitoes commonly bring, we encourage you to take action on mosquito prevention and elimination. Houston is among the worst cities in the country for mosquito infestation and has recently detected the first positive test of West Nile Virus in a mosquito. West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). With all of this information laid out before you and being informed on how simple it can be to eliminate mosquitoes, are you still willing to put your health at risk by putting mosquito prevention on the back burner?
In order to help eliminate mosquitoes and prevent future problems with these tiny creatures, we’ve listed a few tips and tricks for mosquito prevention.
- Regularly clean or eliminate any objects on your property that collect water. Mosquitoes require standing water to breed, so by frequently cleaning or eliminating their sources you can significantly impact their population growth. Reducing water buildup will, in turn, eliminate and prevent mosquitoes from coming around in the future.
- Keep your grass cut and landscaping trimmed to eliminate harborage. Mosquitoes usually build their shelters and homes in lush areas where they feel safe, which tends to be deep inside bushes or shrubs. If you properly maintain the landscaping around your home, then you can almost guarantee that you will have a better chance of eliminating mosquitoes and the nests they create.
- Try to eliminate mosquitoes at the first sign. Preventing the spread of the mosquito population is most attainable during the earliest phases of life. As mosquitoes mature, it becomes increasingly difficult to eliminate them, so it’s best to follow mosquito prevention practices as soon as you notice these small creatures.
- Consider getting a fish. As silly as it sounds, fish have been known to help with mosquito prevention in and near bodies of water. Specifically, the Gambusia fish, also known as the Mosquitofish, is a freshwater fish that is strictly used for mosquito control. If your backyard has a pond that might attract mosquito breeding – consider a fish!
When In Doubt, Call A Professional
If you’re worried about mosquitoes around your home and you don’t have the time or energy to follow these mosquito prevention practices, then we encourage you to give the pest control professionals at Holder’s Pest Solutions a call. We offer a variety of mosquito treatment services to help minimize the population of mosquitoes on your residential property and our solutions can be tailored to fit your home’s specific needs.