8 Ways You're Attracting Mosquitoes To Your Austin Property
July 15, 2020
Mosquitos are one of the most prevalent pests that people must deal with regularly. In fact, they are so common, it may seem like it’s impossible to prevent them from biting you and your family members, but that’s not entirely true. While completely eliminating mosquitos from your property isn’t likely, there are steps you can take to make you and your property less attractive to mosquitos which should serve to reduce their population. To do so, all you have to do is know what it is that attracts mosquitos in the first place, and how you can remedy those pull factors.
What To Know About Mosquitos?
Mosquitos are small, fly-like insects with long slender legs and tube-like mouthparts. Female mosquitos feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals alike because they require a certain protein from the blood to produce viable eggs. As such, females are the only mosquitos that bite.
Furthermore, mosquitos lay their eggs on standing water. Therefore, areas such as ponds, marshes, wading pools, puddles, and other areas where water has accumulated are common breeding grounds for mosquitos.
As for their bites, they can leave itchy red welts on the skin which can be quite annoying. Unfortunately, when it comes to mosquito bites, annoying is the least of our worries.
Mosquitos Are The Most Dangerous Pest In The World
That may sound dramatic, but it is true. This is due to the numerous diseases that they spread as the females feed on a variety of different hosts. These diseases include West Nile virus, Zika virus, encephalitis, and others. With the understanding that mosquitoes can spread these bloodborne diseases, it's paramount that you take measures to reduce their population on your Austin property.
What Attracts Mosquitos?
Mosquitos require bloodmeal and standing water to reproduce. Therefore, these are the things that generally attract mosquitos to a property. However, some more obscure factors could be attracting mosquitos. These include:
- Preventable areas of standing water – Any areas where water has pooled such as low-lying areas in your yard or driveway, flowerpots, buckets, and clogged gutters are all draws for mosquitos.
- Dark clothing and dark colors in general – Experts believe this is because it allows mosquitos to spot people from farther away.
- Pregnant women – Studies show that pregnant women are more likely to be bitten by mosquitos than non-pregnant women and men.
- Type O Blood – Studies show that mosquitos are more likely to bite people with Type O blood than any other blood type.
- Sweat – Mosquitos are attracted to high-humidity areas, so sweat draws them in.
- Perfume, especially floral scents – While female mosquitos feed on blood, males feed on sweet things like nectar, so floral scents are appealing.
- High body temperature – Experts believe this is because it is easier for mosquitos to find people with higher temperatures.
- People who eat a lot of potassium and salt – Mosquitos are attracted to both potassium and salt. Therefore, they are more likely to bite people who eat a lot of these.
The Best Way To Control Mosquito Populations Around Your Property
Given the vast array of things that attract mosquitos to your home, the best method for controlling mosquito populations around your property is to use the professionals here at Bella Bugs. We've developed mosquito control options that will help reduce your mosquito problem so that you can enjoy your Austin yard again.
Our Mosquito Control Program involves spraying both your front and back yards with both a flying insect kill product and IGR. This can either be a one-time service or done every three weeks, depending on the severity of the mosquitos around your property. In addition to the spray, we also treat areas of standing water around your property. Furthermore, we provide you the proper information so that you have the resources you need to combat mosquitos even while we’re not there.
Don’t let mosquitos keep you from enjoying your yard. Give us a call today so that you and your family can get back to enjoying the great outdoors, worry-free.