Mosquitoes are frustrating and dangerous pests. For a long time, it was misunderstood how dangerous they are. Over the last few decades, that has changed. These insects are being given the credit they deserve in the spread of infectious diseases across the United States. Today, we're going to talk about how you can limit mosquito activity around your home and reduce the risk of mosquito-related illnesses. We'll begin by exposing another misunderstanding about mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes Don't Travel Far
Many people believe that mosquitoes are just inevitable and that there really isn't much we can do about them. If you kill all the mosquitoes in your yard, more mosquitoes are just going to come and replace the ones you killed. This is actually not true. Mosquitoes don't get around as much as you might think. In fact, most don't travel more than a few hundred feet from where they hatched. That means the mosquitoes that bite you in your yard are likely to be mosquitoes that hatched in your yard. And, when you eliminate the mosquitoes in your yard with routine treatments from a pest control company, you don't just eliminate your mosquitoes. Any curious mosquitoes that come into your yard from your neighbor's yards will be eliminated as well. Why? Because mosquitoes are predictable.
Mosquitoes Are Predictable
When mosquitoes come into your yard, they are going to spend a lot of time in the landscaping around your home. There are several reasons for this.
- Mosquitoes like your landscaping because you water it. Those mosquitoes need a lot of water to survive.
- Your landscaping gives mosquitoes protection from the midday sun, which is able to dry mosquitoes out.
- Mosquitoes eat nectar. If you have flowers, those mosquitoes will take notice.
- Mosquitoes eat honeydew. Any plant that aphids and scales feed on will be attractive to mosquitoes because male and female mosquitoes dine on honeydew, a secretion left by these insects.
- Mosquitoes can feed directly on plants. Their mouthparts aren't just designed to draw blood. They can draw sap from plant stems as well.
There are many reasons for mosquitoes to be in your landscaping. Licensed pest control professionals understand this. That is why we target these areas for treatment. Those predictable mosquitoes come in and are eliminated by their own natural propensity to hide in vegetation. This has a cascading effect.
What Works to Limit Mosquito Populations
Let's piece together what we've talked about so far. Mosquitoes love to be in your yard because you have vegetation to feed on and hide in. If you invest in seasonal mosquito treatments, you're going to have few bites because the mosquitoes that bite you are mosquitoes that are hiding in your landscaping. Can you have a random mosquito come into your yard from your neighbor's yard and immediately seek to bite you? Yes. But the longer your treatments are in place, the fewer mosquitoes your neighbor will have as well. When mosquitoes come into your yard from your neighbor's yard, they will hide in your landscaping and be eliminated. That means, they won't go back into your neighbor's yard to lay eggs and create more mosquitoes. That is good news for everyone.
Since mosquitoes don't travel far in their lifetime, the mosquitoes you eliminate are not going to be replaced by new mosquitoes instantly. It takes time. If you don't live near a swamp or a forest, where mosquitoes breed like crazy, you may stop seeing mosquitoes in your yard altogether. It happens more than you might think.
While we don't guarantee that we can make a yard mosquito-free, we can tell you that seasonal mosquito treatment provided by professionals have a track record of success. There is no better way to protect yourself, your family, and your pets from the threat of mosquito-borne viruses and diseases.
If you live in the Greater Tulsa area and you're ready to find out just how much of an impact mosquito service can have, reach out to Montgomery Exterminating. When it comes to eliminating this pest, our team is the best. Get started with a free, no-obligation pest inspection. We'll let you know what pest pressures you're dealing with and give you guidance in all of the many ways those pests can be controlled and eliminated.