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All The Ways You Attract Dallas Mosquitoes

May 14, 2021 - Mosquitoes

Across the United States, over 200 species of mosquitoes have been identified. These pests typically range from 0.15 to 0.4 inches in length, have six disproportionately long legs, and clear narrow wings. Female mosquitoes feed on blood to boost their protein to a level that is sufficient for creating eggs, while the males do not.

Despite their relatively small size, mosquitoes are among the most dangerous creatures in existence. They are believed to cause over 700,000 fatalities worldwide each year, but the majority of these fatalities occur outside of the United States. During their travels, mosquitoes can spread threats including malaria, West Nile virus, yellow fever, and several other harmful diseases between hosts.

From a distance, these pests can detect carbon dioxide and various chemicals that exist on our skin. They are particularly attracted to those with warm and moist skin, pregnant women, people with type-O blood, and those who consume alcohol. Mosquitoes also are typically drawn toward people wearing darker clothing, which more closely resembles livestock.

Mosquitoes are drawn toward any areas with standing water, which is where the females lay their eggs. Some of the most common items that gather water near homes include buckets, kiddie pools, plugged up gutters, and drainage ditches, and this water should be cleaned daily.

After hatching, mosquitoes tend to remain nearby if the environment accommodates them. Mosquitoes also eat nectar and may be attracted to flowering plants. They also tend to exist in areas with overgrown grass and other types of vegetation; therefore, proper exterior maintenance is critical. 

Other Best Practices

  • Regularly clean gutters, downspouts, and repair leaky spigots to ensure that water is being routed away from the property. 
  • Avoid using products that have a strong scent.
  • Limit outdoor activity during the dusk hours, which is the time when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Remember to wear long-sleeved shirts and full-length pants to protect the skin from direct mosquito exposure.
  • Although tiki torches and products containing citronella may deter mosquitoes from entering small areas, they are unlikely to have any long-term effect toward eliminating them.

Do I Need Assistance From A Professional Mosquito Exterminator?

Many property owners attempt to take shortcuts to manage problems with mosquitoes. These efforts are largely in response to exaggerated marketing campaigns by makers of mosquito control products that are sold in local stores and online retailers. Examples include bug zappers, repellant lanterns, foggers, and traps. 

Similarly, people may be persuaded to try sensationalized home remedies such as natural oils or candles. The majority of these do-it-yourself treatment programs are generally ineffective or work only for a short time. Contacting a licensed professional is the best way to achieve lasting results. 

Experienced Pest Control Company In Dallas

Texas Star Pest & Termite is a local provider of professional extermination services that has been delivering solutions for property owners in the greater Dallas region since 1968. Our company is proud to be family-owned and operated and uses the latest products and methods for effectively eliminating problems involving mosquitoes, termites, cockroaches, and many other unwanted critters. 

We are active members of the Texas Pest Management Association and adhere to the industry’s best practices for the safety of our customers and the local environment. Don’t forget to ask about our year-round treatment plans, which include recurring visits from our seasoned technicians that protect you and your family from pests. For a complimentary on-site inspection, contact our team of experts today.