Mosquito Identification & Prevention


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What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are a variety of blood-sucking insects found in nearly every state in America. They are best identified by their six legs, buzzing or whining sounds, and the bites they leave behind.

Several dozen species of mosquitoes can be identified in Texas, although they are often difficult to tell apart. Their strange, almost lopsided flight patterns and extremely long forelegs remain the same between species. Some mosquitoes have black and white "zebra" stripes from top to bottom, while others may have yellow, red, or brownish tinges. It is important to remember that mosquitoes can take on many forms and sizes and should not fly close to human activity under any circumstances.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are considered to be the number one most dangerous insect species found worldwide. These insects have a nasty reputation for spreading highly transmissible and dangerous illnesses that affect the health of their victims. From younger people to older adults, no one is truly exempt from the dangers that mosquitoes can cause.

Mosquito-borne illnesses include: 

  • Malaria 
  • Encephalitis 
  • West Nile virus 
  • Dengue 

These diseases may or may not prove fatal for victims, but they will certainly require professional medical attention to treat. If you think or know that a mosquito has bitten you, pay special attention to your health and symptoms in the coming days. The sooner you visit your doctor after receiving a mosquito bite, the better.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

The vast majority of mosquito populations in the Texas area require high levels of humidity, large amounts of shade, and generally warm temperatures to breed and thrive.

Mosquitoes only need enough water to fill the inside of a bottle cap to reproduce, putting your yard at risk. If your home has plenty of wild spaces or overgrown bushes, mosquitoes may be more likely to target or attack your lawn. An abundance of natural shade and moisture-retentive grass may cause problems for home and business owners looking to reduce their pest populations.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

You may find mosquitoes almost anywhere in the yard, particularly in the shade of large trees, inside green bushes (such as boxwoods), or near a water source. Any fountains, ponds, pools, or hot tubs could attract mosquito activity and breeding.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

An overwhelming number of mosquitoes in your yard or garden may lead to disease, illness, and other infectious exposures. If an infestation has already started around your lawn, prevention steps will no longer be enough to halt what is coming.

Instead, rely on the mosquito control experts at EcoArmor Pest Defense. For years, our team has brought the highest quality products, treatments, and prevention measures to homeowners in Anna, Melissa, Van Alstyne, McKinney, and surrounding areas.

We are ready to partner with you to reduce mosquito populations at any time. Contact us to learn more about our seasonal mosquito control services.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Keep mosquitoes out of your McKinney, TX yard by holding on to these proven mosquito prevention tips

  • Remove unnecessary water sources in birdbaths, fountains, mud puddles, and yard toys. Treat all remaining water sources with a mosquito larvicide. 
  • Cut back your grass to a manageable height, and prune any bushes or trees that need additional airflow.
  • Have your home professionally treated against mosquito activity by the team at EcoArmor Pest Defense.

Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control solutions.

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