Mosquito Control 101: Reducing Mosquitoes On Your Denton Property
If you attended college, you know that it is an exciting and daunting experience. As you scan the classes required for your major, you notice levels like 101, 201, 301, and 401. Each set of classes usually corresponds to the year of schooling. For example, 101 classes are freshman-year classes, 201 for sophomores, etc. Each class level is a prerequisite for the next level, with the 101 classes being the foundation. If you don't understand the material at the 101 level, you won't understand the next series of classes.
Mosquito control begins with understanding the basics. If you can't identify mosquitoes, don't know why they exist, how they are dangerous, and what you can do to prevent them from attacking you, then you won't be able to enjoy a relaxing night outside on your property.
When you first attend a 101 class, you meet the professor. This person is revered as an expert on the subject and is the one who will guide you as you study the topic. Learning mosquito basics begins with securing the Denton pest control experts at Adams Exterminating Company. Our locally owned and operated company has removed mosquitoes from Denton area properties since 1947. We are a team of trained entomologists, certified service technicians, and experienced customer service professionals dedicated to continuing the vision of integrity, honesty, and customer satisfaction.
As part of your college education, the 101-level professor shares basic knowledge about the subject you need to know. So, in this article, we share the knowledge you need to know to help you combat mosquitoes on your property.
The Importance Of Mosquitoes To Our Environment
Mosquitoes play a vital role in the environment, but before we discuss what they do and why they do it, we need to start with how mosquitoes carry out their ecological mission. To answer this first question, we need to answer the question, what are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are 1/8 to 3/8-inch grey to black insects with two wings, two antennae, and six jointed legs connected to a three-part body. The head is the front body segment and contains the mouthpart that can pierce human skin (known as the proboscis), two compound eyes, two antennae, and palps, which are organs that help the insect sense odor. The legs and wings connect to the middle (thorax) and rear (abdomen) sections.
The feeding habits of these insects impact the environment. Mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices. Unlike bed bugs, ticks, and fleas, mosquitoes do not need blood to survive. Why do mosquitoes bite humans if they don't need blood to survive? It may surprise you that only female mosquitoes have a proboscis, the needle-like structure on their heads, strong enough to penetrate the skin. Males have the same appendage, but it cannot penetrate the skin of humans or animals. When female mosquitoes need to produce eggs, they feed on human and animal blood to get the protein, iron, amino acids, and other nutrients necessary for egg production.
When mosquitoes land on flowers to extract the juices using their proboscis, pollen sticks to their legs which is then transferred from one flower to another as they feed. The transfer of pollen by mosquitoes from one plant to another fertilizes plants enabling them to produce seeds and reproduce. Some wild orchid species depend solely on mosquitoes for cross-pollination, but in most cases, mosquitoes are one of many insects that assist in pollination.
Mosquitoes do not prey on other insects, arachnids, or mammals but are preyed upon at various stages by predators. Mosquito hawks (a type of dragonfly) eats mosquito eggs and larva. Giant tree frogs, spadefoot toads, and green tree frogs consume mosquito larvae while in the tadpole development stage. Gambusia, or mosquito fish, eat the larva of mosquitoes before it matures into the adult stage. Aquatic turtles and red-spotted newts also consume mosquito eggs and larvae.
If the mosquitoes survive the egg, larval, and pupal stages and attain adulthood, they face another group of predators. The first group of flying mosquito eaters are birds. Nighthawks, Eastern bluebirds, downy woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and others scoop up airborne mosquitoes and eat them for dinner. However, the most famous flying mosquito eater is the bat. Although the amount of mosquitoes a bat eats at night is disputable, what is not debatable is that bats like to eat mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes may pollinate flowers and serve as dinner for many aquatic and avian species, but that doesn't mean they are welcome on our Denton properties. If you want to get rid of mosquitoes in the yard, you need help from Adams Exterminating Company. Our highly-trained service technicians can identify mosquito attractants on your property and work with you to eliminate them.
Why You Should Avoid Being Bitten By Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes have a role in our ecosystem, but that does not mean they are not a threat to humans. Mosquitoes are considered vectors. Any insect or animal that transfers disease-causing pathogens to humans is a vector. When female mosquitoes pierce the skin of humans or animals to draw blood, they inject an anti-coagulant to cause easy blood flow and an anesthetic to reduce pain.
When a mosquito draws blood from an animal or human infected with a viral infection, it takes in the infected blood, which then resides in the insect's saliva. Later, when she feeds on her next victim, the mosquito's infected saliva is injected as usual to promote blood flow and aid in pain reduction; this time, however, pathogens from the mosquito are spread to the victim.
Diseases you can get from mosquitoes in the United States are as follows:
- West Nile virus
The West Nile virus (WNV) is the cause of most mosquito-borne illnesses in America. Only about one in five people experience symptoms when infected with WNV. High fever, neck stiffness, and disorientation are some symptoms of a WNV infection. However, one in 150 people — especially those over 60 years — suffer severe, even deadly, consequences from a WNV infection. If you experience flu-like symptoms after mosquito bites, seek immediate medical care.
Adams Exterminating Company protects your family from diseases carried by mosquitoes by reducing their presence around your property. Our state-of-the-art misting and InCare2 options decrease mosquito populations around your Denton home so you can enjoy a relaxing evening in the yard.
Fool-Proof Ways To Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes are everywhere, but that does not mean you cannot enjoy in the backyard hammock reading a book on a warm summer's evening. In addition to using the mosquito control services from Adams Exterminating Company, you can do the following to protect yourself from painful mosquito bites:
- Wear loose-fitting light-colored long pants and sleeves, shoes, and socks
- Avoid floral perfumes
- Use EPA-registered insect repellants
- Treat clothing with 0.5% permethrin
- Remain indoors around dusk or dawn
In addition to mosquito treatments from Adams Exterminating Company, the best way to keep mosquitoes out of the yard is to eliminate outdoor items that retain water, provide drainage to ditches, puddles, and low-lying areas, unclog gutters, and remove excess vegetation to reduce shady resting areas for mosquito. Remember, a mosquito needs only 1/2-inch of water in an object no larger than a bottle cap to use as a breeding ground. When a certified service technician arrives to treat your property, we will identify other possible attractants to help you minimize the mosquitoes around your home.
The Best Mosquito Control Solution For Denton Yards
Whether you need a one-time treatment for an upcoming party or seasonal or year-round protection, Adams Exterminating Company provides mosquito control in Denton. If you need a one-time treatment, we arrive the day before the event and treat the property using our backpack misting system, reducing the mosquito population temporarily.
March through October is the prime mosquito season in Denton. Due to the rapid reproduction rate of mosquitoes, if you want to enjoy the evenings through those months, you need more than a one-time treatment.
For seasonal relief, our process begins by inspecting your property to determine attractants and mosquito hot spots. Next, we treat those areas with our backpack misting system monthly. In addition to reducing the mosquito population, this treatment reduces fire ants and wasps on the property.
One of the joys of living in Denton is that we can enjoy the outdoors almost throughout the year. If you want year-round protection and maximum protection, our InCare2 system is the best way to kill mosquitoes in the yard. These durable mosquito traps attract female mosquitoes desiring to lay eggs. Once inside, EPA-approved biological fungi attach to the mosquitoes. When the mosquito leaves the area, she spreads the deadly fungus to other breeding areas, killing developing larvae and pupae. Fungus in the stagnant water in the trap destroys the eggs she leaves behind. In addition to year-round protection, you can relax knowing that the traps are professionally installed and maintained and that the biological fungus will not harm pets or children.
Contact us today to learn more about our mosquito control options and to request your free estimate.