Tom Samples Pest Control Helps Control Pesky Mosquitoes in Texas
You heard it right. Tom Samples Pest Control helps control those mosquitoes in Texas. Not to mention, other organizations are also working to control mosquitoes nationally. The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) issued a press release in June of 2021 entitled “Fight the Bite.” Because of all things going into 2022, we sure do not want to be fighting an onslaught of mosquitoes all the dangers they can bring.
In that press release, the AMCA states the three D’s to keep mosquitoes away. And they are:
“Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week.
Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Defend: Properly apply an EPA-registered repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.”
When homeowners do what they can around the home, we can control the mosquito population the best we can. Tom Samples Pest Control fights mosquitoes along with their clients, and here is just how we do that.
Annoying Mosquitoes in Texas
Those annoying mosquitoes are terrible in Texas. Clearly, if you live in Texas, then you know how bad the problem is. You see, mosquitoes become active when temperatures are above 68 degrees in the evenings. That is any time between May and September. With food and suitable breeding grounds, mosquitoes thrive in moist, warmer climates. Where humans and animals are, annoying mosquitoes thrive.
Unfortunately, the worst part about the mosquitoes in Texas is the diseases they spread. Yes, their bites irritate us for days. But there are worse things they do.
Please take a look at the list of diseases they can spread.
- Canine heartworm
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- Western Equine Encephalitis
- West Nile
- And Zika
In addition, they not only harm humans, but these diseases kill many birds each year. Only, how do we get rid of the terrible tiny flying insects? Well, that is not easy and total eradication has proved impossible so far. However, you can do your part to prevent infestation in your yard. Then Tom Samples Pest Control can help too.
DIY Mosquito Prevention for Your Yard
Suppose you and the family enjoy an evening outside, throwing a ball, grilling out, or doing any outdoor activity in the backyard. In that case, you will want to avoid a mosquito infestation. So, here are a few tips for preventing mosquitoes in and around your property and home.
- Empty birdbaths in the summer months. If the water is stagnant, the mosquitoes will lay eggs in the water. We suggest adding a movement source like a bubbler or a fountain if you really want that water feature.
- Kiddie pools left outdoors will hatch thousands of eggs if not drained after use. Not to mention, kids’ toys left outside will collect rainwater too. Be sure they are picked up each day.
- Have your gutters cleaned out? The spring showers and summer storms can really pour a lot of water into those gutters. And if it sits in the gutters due to clogs, the mosquitoes will find those puddles. Ensure all gutters and downspouts are free and clear of clogs and are dry.
- Uneven land can be a breeding ground. Is there a low spot that always seems to collect water? Maybe you have tire ruts in the yard or driveway? Any indentation in the yard will quickly become a mosquito nursery. That is not good. So, get them filled before it is too late.
- Plants hold water. When your landscaping includes pots, saucers, and plants that collect water, they can also become an excellent place for mosquitoes. Make sure you dump them daily when there is much rain.
- Open trash cans collect water. Keep those lids shut so they can stay dry. Not only will it cut down on the mosquito population, but it will also help with rodents and other insects.
- Boats stored in the backyard are a perfect nursery for those baby mosquitoes. Make sure boats are cleaned, drained, and turned over if possible.
mosquitoes can lay several thousand eggs per day when they have an excellent spot to do so. Don’t even give mosquitoes that chance in your yard.
Don’t Get Bitten by a Mosquito
If you cannot get rid of them entirely, at least protect yourself from getting bitten. Using the right insect repellent and other personal protection will discourage mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects from landing on you in the first place. Below are a few things you can do to take action against mosquitoes no matter where you play.
Remove Mosquito Habitats
As stated in the above paragraphs, keeping the yard free of standing water is the number one way to help you not get bitten. Then, if you have not spoken with your pest control team about treatments for the yard, be sure to do so as soon as possible.
Additionally, you can add one more layer of protection to your home and yard with yellow lights. Replace your outdoor lights with yellow bug lights, which attract fewer mosquitoes than ordinary lights. They are not repellents.
To Keep Them Out of the Home, Use Structural Barriers
- Repair any gaps in walls, doors, and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering.
- Make sure window and door screens and weather stripping are in good condition or replace them.
Then to Avoid Getting Bitten at All
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks to keep mosquitoes away from exposed skin. And tuck shirts into pants and then into socks to cover gaps in your clothing where mosquitoes can get to your skin, especially if you are hiking in woods or parks.
- Stay indoors when there is a mosquito-borne disease warning in effect in Texas or the state you are currently in.
- In the daytime, mosquitoes will take comfort in the shade. Stay out of shady areas, although the break from the sun feels nice.
- Dawn and dusk are when they are most active. Avoid outdoor activities at those two times.
And, of course, you can use EPA-registered mosquito repellents when necessary. Follow label directions and precautions closely, especially on the young and those with asthma.
Professional Help with Controlling Mosquitoes in Texas
The professionals at Tom Samples Pest Control want you to make them your mosquito and general pest control service. Homeowners can trust in our service and our technicians. Your Tom Samples service will cover the home for various pests, rodents, scorpions, spiders, termites, bees and wasps, bed bugs, ants, roaches, and of course, mosquitoes.
When you choose us, you can be confident that you have made the right choice for pest control. We have been providing effective pest control solutions throughout the DFW Metroplex area for more than 60 years.
Our family-owned and operated business is fully equipped to handle all your pest control needs. So, if you see more insects inside your home than outside your property, contact our pest control experts as soon as possible.
We service all of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and have locations in Springtown and Midlothian! After all, your home is your castle, your investment, and the shelter you cover your family in. It should not be shared with mosquitoes or any other pesky pests. Tom Samples Pest Control knows how to protect your home and to help control the mosquitoes in Texas.