When it comes to dealing with mosquitoes in Texas, we all have different challenges. For some, the challenge is not being able to do anything about mosquitoes that come into the yard. For instance, if you live in an apartment, you probably don't have the authority to make the changes necessary to control mosquitoes on the property. In this circumstance, you'll need to rely more heavily on personal mosquito protection than your friend who owns a home. Homeowners can make changes in their yards to resist mosquitoes and prevent reproduction. But they are not without their challenges.
Climate vs Mosquito Populations
If you live to the southeast of our Dallas-Fort Worth service area, where the humidity is higher, you're going to have more trouble with mosquitoes. Mosquitoes thrive in high humidity. The moisture in the air, and areas of vegetation, help mosquitoes function like well-oiled machines. This makes mosquito control a pain. Literally.
If you live toward the west of our Dallas-Fort Worth service area, you'll have the benefit of the arid climate, which helps to resist mosquito populations. This will give you a little more success with mosquito control efforts in your yard because you'll have fewer mosquitoes encroaching upon your property.
In Lewisville, and the surrounding area, where humidity levels are in the midrange for the state, there is a much greater variance in mosquito populations, depending on the efforts made by homeowners. The more homeowners work to reduce dampness and eliminate stagnant water breeding sites, the fewer mosquitoes they have.
Conditions That Attract Mosquitoes
Homes with more vegetation have more mosquitoes because mosquitoes feed on the sap of plants to sustain themselves. In fact, mosquitoes need the carbohydrates found in plant sap more than they need blood. If you love lush, beautiful vegetation in your landscaping, you're going to have a harder time keeping mosquitoes out of your yard than someone who has little or no vegetation.
Homes that have clutter in the backyard or exterior structures with shaded areas beneath can have more trouble with mosquitoes. In the middle of the day, when the sun is high in the sky, mosquitoes hide. While they prefer to hide under leaves in moist vegetation, they'll hide in any shaded area they can find.
A yard that has more breeding sites will have more mosquitoes. Since all it takes is a half a cup of water for mosquitoes to breed, many objects can become breeding sites. If you have objects in your backyard that collect rainwater, you'll have more mosquitoes. Here are a few ways you can prevent the reproduction of mosquitoes in your yard.
- Pick up toys from the yard that are able to capture rainwater.
- Store objects inside your shed or garage, rather than in the backyard.
- Cover objects that capture rainwater with tarps that slant and allow the rain to channel to the ground, where it can be soaked up.
- Turn kiddie pools over when they aren't being used.
- Apply fish to a bird bath or install water circulators.
- Clean gutters to prevent blockages and keep water from pouring over the edges and adding to the saturation of your foundation perimeter.
Along with eliminating stagnant water breeding sites, it is important to take steps to reduce overall moisture in your yard. Here are a few suggestions:
- Trim tree branches to let the sunlight into shaded areas that tend to stay moist after it rains.
- Trim bushes and put space between your plants to let the air move through your landscaping and dry your topsoil after you water your plants.
- Fix any damaged plumbing, leaky water spigots, or hoses.
- Keep your lawn and landscaping trimmed.
The battle with mosquitoes can be quite a challenge. For the best results at reducing the mosquito population on your property, reach out to Adams Exterminating Company. Our seasonal mosquito control service, which runs from March to October, can have a serious impact on the number of mosquitoes you'll see in your yard. If you want to enjoy your outdoor living spaces with few or no mosquitoes, this is definitely the way to go. If you live in Lewisville or the Dallas-Fort Worth area, drop us a line. We're here to help.
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