Spending time out in your yard can be a wonderful thing, especially if you have invested money in outdoor living spaces or have a pool. What is not enjoyable is being eaten alive by mosquitoes while trying to enjoy your property. These small insects love to ruin people’s time outdoors and are easily the most annoying yard pests here in Lexington. The good news is that they are preventable if you know what you are doing. Assuming you are tired of mosquito bites, here are some things you should know about these pests and what to do if they are on your Lexington property.
If you are here looking for fast solutions for mosquito infestations, do not hesitate to involve our team at Action Pest Control. We are a local and dedicated provider that has many amazing services to handle all sorts of common pests. Call us today to learn more about yard pest control in Lexington and find a permanent solution to pests like mosquitoes. Keep reading to learn more about these local biting insects and find some DIY options to protect yourself from their bites.
The Environmental Purpose Of Mosquitoes
Most people would assume that mosquitoes only cause problems when they spend time on local properties. This is not entirely the case. Although these pests are a serious issue with the way they bite, they are not all bad. In fact, mosquitoes play a big role in keeping our planet healthy. They do this with the way they feed. No, we are not talking about the way they consume blood. Only female mosquitoes drink blood, and they do so for their eggs, not for their own sustenance.
What do mosquitoes eat? Both male and female mosquitoes feed on plant nectar, just like bees and wasps. They then pollinate other plants nearby. In general, this is very beneficial for local plant health. If there wasn’t also the risk of harmful diseases associated with mosquitoes, we wouldn’t have a problem with them spending time on our properties. The good news is that these local insects can still pollinate plants without having access to your yard and home. We will talk more in just a bit about how you can make your yard and home less accessible to different types of mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes Can Do A Lot Of Damage In Their Short Lives
Mosquitoes are simple creatures. They do not damage property or have stingers to attack their prey. These little insects rely on a few things to survive. These things include comfortable living environments that are moist and warm, blood to feed their young, and nectar to feed on. The problem with this is how they affect humans while living their short lives.
An adult female mosquito only lives for about 50 days. Males live for even less time. Despite this, these pests are able to cause a lot of trouble during their short lifespans. They mostly do this with the way they consume blood from humans and animals. Now, the simple act of blood-feeding is not the main problem. The main problem lies with a mosquito's ability to pick up blood-borne diseases from infected people or animals. This is why these pests are such a big problem in places like Africa where more people and animals are infected with various viruses. Some common diseases mosquitoes spread are malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus, and chikungunya. Worldwide, these pests are responsible for close to a million deaths each year.
Here in the United States, the number of yearly fatalities due to mosquito bites is fairly low. This is because of our access to advanced medicine and the hard work of the CDC to identify and address outbreaks before they become rampant. Keeping this in mind, you can still get sick from a mosquito bite. All that is required is for one of these pests to bite an infected human or animal and then bite you. The best way to avoid all of the illnesses these bugs spread is to avoid mosquitoes in general. Let’s talk about some DIY options to help you deter and avoid mosquitoes here in Lexington.
Natural Ways To Prevent Mosquitoes Around Your Yard
There are many reasons why you should try to avoid mosquitoes here in Lexington, with disease spread as the highest on this list. What you might not know is what methods work best to deter these terrible little insects. In truth, there are two sides to mosquito control. The first side involves daily decisions you can make to avoid being bitten. Here are a few basic tips to help with this.
- Wear light-colored clothing. This will make you less visible to mosquitoes, therefore making you less likely to be targeted for a blood meal.
- Wear long pants and shirts with long sleeves.
- Apply mosquito repellant to your body before spending time in mosquito-dense areas like marshlands, swamps, and bogs. Products containing DEET work best for this. If you want to avoid these products, there are natural options that will still provide a level of protection.
- Do your best to avoid mosquito-dense areas like marshlands, bogs, and swamps. Especially avoid these areas during dusk and dawn.
- Spend less time outdoors during dusk and dawn. This is when mosquitoes are most active and when you should be most worried about them biting.
All of these tips are great for helping you avoid interactions with mosquitoes. These tips and tricks will not, however, reduce the populations of these pests on your property. To do this, you will need to address areas where mosquitoes breed.
If you didn’t know, these local insects lay their eggs inside pools of stagnant water. These pools can be found in a variety of locations, including inside your gutters, within bird baths, and on playground equipment in your yard. Most sites of water build-up occur after rainfall. Others are present regardless of precipitation. Your goal should be to eliminate as many non-essential sources of water around your property as possible. For things like ornate pools and bird baths, change their water once every four days. Finally, do your best to address damage to pipes, fixtures, and your home’s gutters to limit the chances of leaks and moisture build-up.
One thing you should think about with mosquitoes is preventing these pests from getting into your home. This is done in a few ways. First, make sure your home’s exterior foundation is properly sealed. Use a caulking gun to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks. Second, repair damage to your windows and doors and make sure they are sealed with things like weatherstripping and door sweeps. Finally, keep unscreened windows and doors shut when you are not using them. All of this will help you reduce your chances of finding these biting bugs indoors.
Although there are many things you can do to avoid mosquitoes and reduce their populations, you will find it difficult to fully control these pests without professional help. This is for one simple reason: mosquitoes breed everywhere. If you stop these pests on your property, they will produce their young in your neighbor's yard, on the side of the road, or in an abandoned stump nearby. Long story short, if you want complete protection, you will have to consider your options for professional control. We would be more than happy to walk you through our amazing options for pest control and find an option that will best handle these pests on your property.
The Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Yard
The thought of you staying indoors in fear of mosquito bites bothers us. We want you to be able to enjoy your property for all it offers, regardless of the season. If you are tired of walking outdoors and being bitten by mosquitoes, let us perform treatments to address these pests.
Our services are designed to target areas where these biting insects land and breed. Our methods are EPA-approved and are designed to be effective in stopping mosquitoes before they are able to land on you and your loved ones. What our services will look like for you depends on what you need. For some, all they need is a single service visit for an outdoor event. Our treatments can be used in this way to keep any outdoor space safe for several weeks. If you are looking for a way to enjoy your property year-round without the threat of mosquitoes, we have options for this as well. Finally, we offer community-wide abatement services. This is great if you live in an HOA or are close with your neighbors and want to work together to fight back against these pests.
Reach out to our qualified team at Action Pest Control to learn more about our advanced service options and find out just how easy it is to control mosquitoes in Lexington when you have professionals on your side! We will make sure you are well taken care of.
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