In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we are seeing a huge mosquito outbreak across South Texas. As everyone continues to clean up and rebuild, it is important not to forget to do a survey of your property to keep yourself and your family safe. More mosquitoes with West Nile are being found in Texas and the last thing any of us wants to deal with on top of everything else is a serious illness.
Make sure that you rid your yard of standing water and be aware of where water gathers so you can be ready when more rain moves into the area.
Take note of the 5 T’s to help make your mosquito inspection efforts worthwhile:
Tip over any item or container that could gather water. From empty planters to wheelbarrows and even other random elements that a small pool could gather in like toys left out in the yard. It only takes a small amount of water to breed a lot of mosquitoes.
Toss grass clippings, leaves, wood and other debris that may be piling up, especially after clean-up. Ticks love to hide in places like this and it could be hiding more water that mosquitoes rely on to breed.
Turn over any items that collect when they are not in use like a children’s swimming pool or other items similar to this. Ensure that they are not sitting with water in them for long periods of time without being turned and/or cleaned. This goes for items like water bowls for pets and bird baths as well.
Since tarps are meant to keep water off of your stuff, you may not think of them as something that could actually cause issues with standing water, but often they start to sag a bit or they are not posted so that water runs off, but collects on top of them. This works to the advantage of mosquitoes in that it’s something that is forgotten about often. Make sure to check this as well.
Treat your property with our barrier spray to ensure that you have nothing to worry about from other yards that may not have done their own walk-through. Enjoy your yard this fall as the weather cools off enough to spend time with friends and family outdoors.
Mosquito season doesn’t end when fall starts in Texas. This year, with the arrival of Harvey, this is particularly true. With the heavy rains, flooding and debris, there are so many more places for the mosquitoes to breed and take over. We have been looking at a much higher than normal mosquito population due to the storms and hurricanes across the U.S. Don’t get caught without protection just because summer is over. Contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria us today to start your mosquito control plan by calling us at (361) 894 – 8642 or by visiting our website today!
Mosquitoes are by far one of the least mysterious creatures to us. We know that they linger during warm and hot seasons and they live for making homes in our yards. They love biting us and that’s enough to know to stay far away from them when possible. Because we know well-enough about what they leave behind, we’re not super enthusiastic about getting to know them better, but what you didn’t know about mosquitoes might surprise you and also help you prevent them in the future.
Here are the top 5 things you don’t know about mosquitoes:
1. Only Female mosquitoes bite humans and animals
You might be surprised to know that each time you’ve been bitten by a mosquito, you’ve been bitten by a female mosquito. Male mosquitoes don’t bite humans or animals. Instead, they feed on flower nectar. So, why do female mosquitoes have a need to feed on humans and animals? Female mosquitoes need specific meals to make eggs and reproduce mosquito offspring. When female mosquitoes aren’t making eggs or reproducing, they’re happy to feed on flower nectar just like the males. Now you know that each time you find a mosquito bite, a female mosquito is nearby trying to reproduce. More mosquitoes? That’s a scary thought.
2. A mosquito’s wings beat 300-600 times per second
Ever wonder why you hear a high-pitched and highly annoying buzzing sound when a mosquito flies close to your ears? That is the sound from a mosquito’s wings, which beat anywhere between 300 and 600 times PERSECOND. Those are some quick wings. However, even though their wings beat at an incredibly fast rate, mosquitoes are actually very slow fliers. They only fly about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
3. There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes on Earth
That’s a lot of mosquitoes. However, not all live here in the United States and only a couple hundred species of mosquito feast on human blood. Some mosquitoes are known to stick to specific animals, like birds.
4. Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away
One of the ways in which mosquitoes sense humans is by the carbon dioxide they emit. By sensing carbon dioxide, mosquitoes know which direction to travel in order to get their next meal. Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from a human from 75 feet away. That’s quite a distance for their senses. This means they can sense you from across the street and be lured by appetite to your yard and home. Yikes!
5. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on Earth
Despite your founded fears in creatures such as sharks, snakes, and others that are more likely to bring you to a deadly fate, mosquitoes are actually considered the deadliest “animals” on Earth. Even with their small size and simple ability to bite humans and animals, mosquitoes are considered to be the deadliest because they cause an estimated 830,000 human deaths per year. When you think about it, that’s quite a lot for a tiny buzzing bug.
Mosquitoes may not have claws, teeth or venom like many of the animals you fear encounters with, but mosquitoes are known to carry any number of deadly diseases. From Malaria to Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Encephalitis in humans, and they can also carry heartworm, which can become lethal to many animals. That’s enough to make you want to put your home under a glass dome and keep mosquitoes out for good.
As schools are back in session, it would seem that summer is at its end. Although summer break may be ending and fall is waiting just around the corner, the temperature reminds us that mosquito season is still in full-swing.
In Texas, the August and September months can still bring hot days and balmy nights. These hotter days may keep mosquitoes out of the sun. Like us, mosquitoes can’t stand the heat, so you’ll likely find them lingering in the shade and/or near sources of standing water. By evening time on hot days, their thirst drastically increases. Mosquitoes become more active during the cooler time of the day, which is when families tend to spend more time outside.
From July to September, there’s an increased chance for tropical storms and hurricanes to form in the Gulf and hit the coastal and inland areas of Texas. High temperatures plus a blanket of moisture create heavy humidity, an enticing combination for mosquitoes. So, don’t buy into the myth that mosquitoes are gone when summer ends, they aren’t gone just yet. Don’t let your guard down during this crucial time and follow our tips to keep them away.
Tips to Keep Mosquitoes Away:
Remove standing water around your home
Remember to turn over any containers with standing water and remove any tarps that can collect water around your home. Empty bird baths and fountains if they’re not being used. When standing water is left in open areas around your home, it can become the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Walk the perimeter of your home so you don’t miss any spots and don’t forget about the shaded areas that can provide mosquitoes relief from the heat.
Keep up with home maintenance
Hot temperatures and humidity entice all of us to stay inside with the air conditioning during this time, so it’s important you don’t let your yard overgrow. With the chance for increased rain, it’s important to keep your yard trimmed to prevent overgrowth, which attracts mosquitoes. Cut back any bushes during this time to prevent mosquitoes from making your yard their new home.
Clean your gutters
We all tend to put off far-from-fun chores like cleaning the gutters, but leaving them to collect water and debris from the trees only provides a safe place for mosquitoes to gather. Don’t skip a gutter-cleaning, especially after it rains.
Have your home and yard treated by Mosquito Squad of Victoria
Utilize Mosquito Squad of Victoria’s Barrier Spray protection program around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment reduces the need for spraying DEET-containing bug spray on your children. We can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on a property and effectively create a barrier around your yard which mosquitoes are less likely to cross. You can also invest in a mosquito misting system, which takes care of spraying your yard and keeps you and your family safe from the biting bugs.
In the sweltering Texas summer, you can find plenty of sun and high temperatures. This also means you will very likely run into those pesky mosquitoes, too. If the buzzing isn’t enough to annoy you, the biting and itching will in no time if you’re not prepared. During this time, high temperatures won’t be all that invites mosquitoes to your yard and home because there’s a higher risk for hurricanes and tropical storms to form and consequently, hit the Texas coast and neighboring areas.
Why do mosquitoes seem more apparent during hurricane season?
Hurricane season in Texas creates an attractive combination for mosquitoes: rain, moisture and warm temperatures. Humidity may be dreadful for humans, but mosquitoes feel most comfortable in these conditions. Because such unpredictable weather lies within most of the hurricane season, your home should be prepared for anything from a light shower to mild flooding. This increased chance for rain from hurricanes and tropical storms create more opportunities for water to sit around your home. Since standing water attracts and often becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes, it’s best to be proactive and eradicate the opportunities for water to collect around your yard.
How can I prepare my home for rainy weather and prevent mosquitoes?
The only thing that is certain during hurricane season is that you should be prepared for any situation. The best way to do this is to eliminate the potential for mosquitoes to linger in your yard. You can do this by turning over any empty pots, removing excess grass and firewood clippings, taking down tarps that can hold water, taking care of your home maintenance, and treating your yard for mosquitoes. The professionals at Mosquito Squad of Victoria can help treat your home for those pesky mosquitoes.
Prepare your home before rain occurs by making a mosquito-prevention checklist and following through. Walk the perimeter of your yard and note the places where rain water can collect and attract the biting bugs. This way, you can eliminate the possibility of forgetting about the potential problem areas.
You can also invest in a mosquito misting system, a service the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Victoria offer year ‘round. Keep the biting bugs at bay with mosquito prevention staying in your backyard all the time.Check out our page for special offers on misting systems or treatment plans!
What should I do after rain or a storm?
Sometimes, even if you prepare your home to the fullest to keep mosquitoes away, a major storm or lots of rainfall can still impact areas on your property you can’t fully prepare for. After the rain, be sure and properly clean out your gutters and drains to ensure water isn’t collected and sitting there. Then, continue basic home maintenance like maintaining your yard by keeping the grass cut short and trimming overgrown plants and bushes.
Another way to maintain your home and prevent mosquitoes is by calling Mosquito Squad of Victoria for our highly-effective barrier spray application. We can remove up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee! In rain or shine, the mosquito population is here to stay as long as the temperatures are warm. In Texas, that means mosquitoes will be camped out for at least a few more months. Protect your home for the peak summer season, especially with the increased chance for storms to brew.
Now that we begin to hit triple digit temperatures, summer in Texas is in full-swing and peak season for mosquitoes and cases of the Zika virus is just beginning. It’s been just over a year since we first heard about the risks posed to Texas residents about the Zika virus. Even though the second year of the Zika virus has been relatively quiet, the threat of this mosquito-borne illness still persists, putting many adults and children alike at risk of contracting the disease.
Southern Counties Report Increase in Mosquitoes Capable of Spreading Zika
A new report shows that U.S. counties across the South, located in Texas and as far as Illinois, have reported mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika or other related viruses. Two types of mosquito, including Zika’s main vector Aedes aegypti, are the primary transmitters of Zika, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya viruses. Although Zika hasn’t dominated the headlines of news articles since last year’s large concern about the virus, these reports show that additional counties – primarily in Texas – recorded the presence of this type of mosquito, a 21 percent increase from a survey recorded in 2016. Although you don’t hear about Zika as much as you did months ago, the reports indicate that the threat posed by mosquitoes lingering here persists.
How Will I Know If I Contract the Zika Virus?
Through July 12, the CDC has reported 163 symptomatic cases of Zika in the United States and 522 in U.S. territories this year alone. This doesn’t account for the number of cases in which a person contracts the Zika virus and shows no symptoms at all. According to the Center for Disease Control, many people infected won’t have symptoms or will only show mild symptoms, meaning people who may have contracted Zika show can flu-like symptoms that disappear within days to a week. Because these symptoms are common and often mild, if they appear at all, these people often never seek medical attention, thus cases like these go undocumented. However, if symptoms from the virus appear, the most common include:
• Joint or muscle pain
• Red eyes
If you experience these symptoms, it’s best to make an appointment with your doctor to test for the Zika virus.
Mosquitoes cause a lot of irritation from buzzing to biting and then there’s the after effects – itching! Long after a mosquito has bitten, you are reminded of their presence with the burning, itching, ugly welts they leave behind. Of course, the best way to keep this from happening is avoiding mosquitoes altogether, which is not easy to do, so prevention in the form of mosquito control early is the best option. There are peak times for mosquitoes, as in seasons AND time of day.
When Are Mosquitoes Most Active in Texas During the Year?
It depends on where you are in Texas, but we, along with the other southernmost states get the disadvantage of the some of the earliest starting and latest ending dates for mosquito season in the U.S.
When Does Mosquito Season Start in South Texas?
South Texas mosquito season actually starts in February, believe it or not. As soon as the weather makes its way above 50 degrees for a significant amount of time, mosquito eggs will start hatching. The rest of Texas usually starts just after the South with the season taking hold in March.
But for those in the southern region of Texas, mosquito control should begin earlier than March so it doesn’t get out of control. If you have a mister, February is the time to get it checked out and serviced. If no mosquito mister is present, then February is time to get your action plan in place. Prevention starts early and you don’t want to miss your window of opportunity. Not to mention getting on the calendar early is to your advantage. Come mid-March, everyone who doesn’t heed this advice is already behind and will start filling the calendar with urgently needed mosquito treatment appointments!
What Time of Day Are Mosquitoes Most Active?
Most mosquitoes, especially in South Texas are most active in the cooler (we know, haha) hours. They come out just as the sun is rising or setting and stay out after sundown. Our most common mosquito, the Tiger mosquito is active in the late afternoon, evening and morning hours.
The mosquitoes you find flying around your home are more likely to bite in the evening and into the night, which is why you will find evidence of bites, especially on babies and young children the next day. Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes through these bites are a big reason to start mosquito control measures before there is a problem.
Why Do Mosquitoes Bite at Night?
Sun exposure, especially in the very hot climates of the south can dehydrate mosquitoes. Which is even more reason to make sure standing water is scarce around your property. Mosquitoes seek out shaded areas, areas with tall grass, and/or spots that have standing water to avoid sunlight.
When Does Mosquito Season End in Texas?
The end of mosquito season varies, especially in a state as large as Texas. The variable is temperature. Regions, like South Texas that stay above 50 degrees for most of the year can have a very long mosquito season, starting in February and not ending until October or November. Consistent mosquito control and treatment through summer and well into fall is very important in hot climates, like those in South Texas.
Summer is a kid’s favorite time of year! No school, no worries, no responsibilities (we parents may have something to say about that last one). They spend more time outdoors, and you know what that means…more adventures which lead to more bumps and bruises, more sunburns and more bug bites! Say no to the itch this year and help make your summer, as well as you kiddo’s summer mosquito free with these tips!
1. Make sure if the kids are in a wooded area to look out for ticks!
Ticks are everywhere and in the summer with camping, swimming holes and the like, they are bound to grab on to clothes or whatever they can to get to their ultimate goal….you and your family. If you are going camping, or even if you have larger property and/or trees in your yard, it’s a good idea to check the kids head to toe for ticks when they come inside. Better yet, call Mosquito Squad and let us take care of the threat for you. Our treatments help reduce ticks on your property, along with mosquitoes and there is even an option to take care of other swarming insects.
Mosquito protection is extra important during summertime, especially at night. If you are going to be outdoors for any period of time, especially at sunset and after sundown. If they are going to be outside of your yard then make sure you have taken appropriate precautions to protect them, whether camping, fishing or just hanging out, you don’t want an unnecessary illness or discomfort. If you are entertaining in your yard or on your property, or if you know that is their one of their go-to spots (particularly if you have a pool) then contact us for treatment plans that will protect you through the summer and beyond! Ask about any current specials we may have going on.
3. Teach your kids how to try to avoid mosquito hot spots outdoors.
This is definitely easier said than done (unless you’ve already called Mosquito Squad for treatments or a misting system). However, make sure you kids know the mosquito “danger zones”. They should avoid any standing, stagnant water. If you find that there is standing water in your yard, do what you can to get rid of it. Additionally, they should avoid any tall grass and climbing or playing in shrubbery.
If you follow these cautionary tips, you can help reduce the itching and discomfort that your kids experience this summer. It’s hot enough in South Texas without the additional aggravation of itchy bites and gross sprays. Why not start a treatment plan that you can schedule and get mosquito control off your list for the summer so you, your kids and all your guests can enjoy the summer festivities without any aggravation. Call us at (361) 894 – 8642 and start enjoying your yard again today!
Mosquitoes…they are some of the most aggravating creatures. They show up in Texas during the hottest part of the year when you’re annoyed with the heat and then here comes that familiar buzzing. Then there’s the biting. You’re certain you get bitten more than most of your friends leaving you asking, why do mosquitoes like me more than everyone else? Asked and answered…
Do Mosquitoes Like a Certain Blood Type?
So, you may be wondering, do mosquitoes prefer a certain blood type over others? A controlled study from 2004 suggests that they prefer Type O to Type A by a close to 2 to 1 margin and Type B more than Type A blood. This may or may not be a strong factor, but there are plenty of other reasons mosquitoes prefer some more than others.
Mosquitoes really like people with excess acids in their skin. Uric acid, in particular, is attractive to mosquitoes. Their sense of smell is extraordinary, with the ability to smell a human target from about 50 meters away.
Carbon Dioxide is a Huge Factor in Mosquito Attraction
Mosquitoes can smell carbon dioxide on the breath of someone with higher amounts than normal. This is not good news for larger people, but great news for kids who don’t have other influencing factors against them. Pregnant women are at a higher risk too, as they produce more than the average amount of CO2.
Skin Bacteria is Attractive to Mosquitoes
The microbes on our skin are attractive to different mosquitoes depending on the smell they give off. In this same vein, different mosquitoes prefer different body parts like feet or armpits. There is evidence that some animals use their scent to repel mosquitoes and other insects. If only we could bottle that! Though, then we might have a totally different problem on our hands.
Other Reasons Mosquitoes Bite Some People More than Others
Physical activity can contribute to mosquito attractiveness, mostly a concern if you’re outdoors. Motion attracts mosquitoes as does lactic acid and carbon dioxide from heavy breathing. Steroids or cholesterol (from people who metabolize cholesterol at a higher rate) on the surface of the skin can also attract mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are having a field day right now with the recent rain and rising temperatures, the conditions are ideal for a mosquito population explosion. Spring and summer are the best time of year for mosquitoes, and it’s also the best time of year for outdoor entertaining. The two together can add up to catastrophe! Don’t let that happen to you! Find a way to keep your celebrations with family and friends mosquito free and fun!
Mosquito Free Backyard Barbecues
Some of us look forward to summer all year long for one reason and one reason only. Barbecue season! It’s time to get the brisket, ribs, sausage and even burgers and dogs out on that grill. There’s enough to deal with when you’re cooking in South Texas outdoors between the heat from the sun, and from the pit. No one wants to deal with mosquitoes too. Who wants to have to spray themselves over and over again all day long? It’s easy enough to cool down with a cold beverage and a dip in the pool.
Are you hosting a wedding on your property or have you decided on outdoor nuptials? Mosquitoes love attending these affairs just as much as your family and friends will. You don’t want any uninvited guests at your special day. Forget handing out cans of smelly repellent as wedding favors. Plan ahead to eliminate mosquitoes from the festivities.
If you are hosting then getting a spray a few days before the ceremony will help ensure everyone has a great time and rather than being eaten alive. Don’t worry if it’s a large space, we’ve got it covered. If you’ve got a venue ready, make sure they are working with the best to eliminate pesky mosquitoes, flying bugs, and ticks. Give them our number if you need to make sure they’ve got someone you can trust for your big day!
Outdoor Venue Mosquito Control
When you’re responsible for other people’s happiest celebrations you want them to go well. Rather than spending tons of money on cans of spray and leaving everyone feeling like a sticky, smelly mess, try something different. You don’t want guests complaining about mosquito bites or having to douse themselves in spray that will certainly end up in their eyes, on their clothes or in their food. If you have a pool on the premises or outdoor furniture, you don’t want to deal with the residue left behind either.
Consider Mosquito Misting Systems for patio areas and scheduled sprays for your large spaces. Summer is your time to make a great impression so you can keep them coming back for years to come. Make sure the memories they’re making don’t include biting pests.
Mosquito Squad serves residential and venue spaces in Victoria and across South Texas to the coast. Contact us for your mosquito control needs and let us help you enjoy summer the way it’s meant to be! Call us at (361) 894 – 8642 and start enjoying your yard again today!
Our pets have become part of the family and just as much as you want to protect yourself and your children from swarming, biting insects, you want to protect them as well. Dogs, cats, and other animals are at risk of contracting mosquito-born illnesses as well as humans are. These are the best ways to protect pets from mosquitoes, and for ranchers and farmers, how to protect horses from mosquitoes.
Consult with Your Veterinarian for Mosquito Protection and Dangers to Animals
Your vet can let you know what diseases your pet is at risk of developing from mosquito bites, as well as bites from ticks and other flying pests. According to the FDA heartworm disease results can include: “severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets, mainly dogs, cats, and ferrets.” Heartworms are carried by mosquitos but mature, mate and live inside the animals they infect, causing damage to their heart, lungs and other internal organs. The animals are infected by a bite from a mosquito carrying the heartworms. You can protect your animals. The best course of action is to discuss treatment with your veterinarian, but here are some possible options:
heartworm prevention medication recommended by your vet
Mosquito-borne illness isn’t just something to be concerned about for pets and humans, but also for horses. The animals are particularly susceptible because of the areas they spend time in with tall grass, lots of vegetation and standing water in ponds and troughs.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
According to the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, several horses in Texas were diagnosed with Easter Equine Encephalitis (also known as Triple E or EEE) in 2015. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and birds and is neurologic in nature. Symptoms of EEE in horses can include: impaired vision, loss of coordination, temparature and altered head carriage.
West Nile Virus in Horses
West Nile Virus poses a risk to horses and humans, but in horses the mortality rate is significant. A Rutgers FAQ describes possible symptoms of West Nile Virus in horses to be: lack of coordination, anorexia, weakness of hind limbs, grinding teeth, disorientation and several other effects.
There are several ways to protect your horses from West Nile Virus and EEE.
get horses vaccinated if recommended by your veterinarian, and do so at the right time of year
do not leave water catching containers out with water in them (barrels, buckets, etc.)
Mosquito misting systems are the best way to keep your family safe from mosquitoes. If you spend a lot of time outdoors with your family or entertaining, a mosquito misting system is a MUST. Especially in South Texas where the heat and moisture attract mosquitoes most of the year.
Did you even know a mosquito misting system was an option? Many people don’t realize that they don’t have to rely on monthly or quarterly mosquito sprays if they invest in a mosquito misting system. The systems work on an automated spray schedule or can be manually utilized when needed via a remote control that the homeowner is provided. Learn more about the systems here.
We know what you’re next question is, and yes, we do service mosquito misting systems in Victoria, Texas and South Texas year ‘round. Meaning that when it’s mosquito season we’ll keep your system running effectively and during down time we will winterize your system. Once the season starts heating up again we’ll come back out to make sure you are ready to take on spring and summer mosquitoes in your yard! We perform routine maintenance and chemical refills as needed.
*anyone who spends time in their yard during mosquito season
*indoor event venues should invest in a mosquito misting system
*outdoor event venues benefit greatly from outdoor mosquito misting systems
*ranchers and farmers with livestock at risk of mosquito-born diseases
Do you already have a mosquito misting system that isn’t working?
Did you have a misting system installed in the past but the company you worked with is no longer in business or cannot service your equipment? Call Mosquito Squad of Victoria for assistance.
Mosquitoes aren’t the only pests that cause problems during the spring and summer months. South Texas is no stranger to flying bugs, we all live with them everywhere we go. But, what if you didn’t have to deal with gnats, crane flies, mayflies and some of the other flying, swarming pests that can ruin a day outdoors? Our misting system rids your yard of flying insects of many varieties, as well as helping with tick control. Enjoy your backyard again without worrying about the annoying pests that can keep you indoors!
Picnics, barbecues, pool parties and more are making a comeback with the awesome protection that a mosquito misting system from Mosquito Squad of Victoria can provide! Contact us today to learn more about special offers and discounts on mosquito misting systems. Call us at (361) 894 – 8642 and start enjoying your yard again today!
South Texas, especially areas like Victoria, Texas and surrounding communities are no stranger to mosquitoes. The humidity that we all know and love so much (ha!) is very attractive to the mosquito population. With spring here and the weather heating up for the long-term, these winged pests are not going anywhere and are only going to get more and more bothersome. Taking preventative measures and putting together a plan to keep your yard free of mosquitoes now, rather than waiting until the problem is out of control is the smartest move you can make!
While enjoying a day smoking a brisket and an afternoon grilling hot dogs with the kids without annoying uninvited guests is an important reason to get rid of the threat of mosquitoes, more important is the health of your family. In recent years Zika has been big news and a cause for concern when it comes to mosquitoes. According to the CDC, a confirmed case of mosquito contracted Zika was confirmed in South Texas in November 2016 and Dengue Fever outbreaks have occurred in the Brownsville area in recent years. With mosquito season heating up, you don’t want to take any chances.
In addition to Zika, it looks like Yellow Fever may be back as well. The unexpected outbreak in Brazil has U.S. officials on edge and watching the situation closely. Though it hasn’t happened yet, the concern of an outbreak in an urban area is a big concern of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases according to Director Anthony Fauci.
There are a few things you can do to help cut down on the number of mosquitoes around your yard this year. Here are some of our best tips to help you get through the spring and summer months with fewer bugs and a lot more fun!
Clean Your Gutters
An often missed reason for mosquitoes to gather, clogged gutters allow for standing water in places where you cannot see it forming. This creates a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that you may never be aware of.
Keep your lawn mowed
We know it gets hot! Like REALLY hot in South Texas and it can be hard, but keeping the grass cut is imperative to keeping mosquitoes from gathering on overgrown vegetation and weeds.
Have Your Yard Sprayed
Working with a professional like Mosquito Squad to have your yard sprayed is the ideal way to take care of your mosquito control. If you set up your schedule with a professional, you don’t have to worry about forgetting or spraying at the last minute which can result in a chemical smell to your barbecue and not enough time for the spray to dry or be effective.
A professional mosquito treatment is more effective because the equipment pros use is suited to cover a large area with minimal drying time and best results. You never can know what exactly is in the store-bought sprays either, but you know Mosquito Squad only uses spray that is safe for your family and pets.
Clean and Chlorinate Pools
Even if you’re going out of town and during winter months when they may not be used, make sure to continue to care for your pool. Particularly with how warm winter has been, there is an opportunity for mosquitoes to use pools as a veritable hatchery.
Avoid Standing Water
Check your yard for any spots that do not drain after rain and make sure anything like pools, buckets, fountains or planters from last spring aren’t sitting collecting water and creating a mosquito hazard.
Breeding conditions have been ideal for the Asian Tiger Mosquito. If you think you started getting bites earlier than normal this year, you’re right. Tiger Mosquitoes usually start showing up in Texas in April, but this year they started early. With the lack of cold weather and hard freezes this winter season, the mosquitoes didn’t die off in their typical numbers. That, combined with the early warming temperatures helped them to get a jump on the season and get ahead of the game.
The recent wet conditions won’t slow things down at all but will speed up the spread of these mosquitos and other species across South and Central Texas. The issue in South Texas has gotten so intense that the City of McAllen has approved funding for mosquito research. University students will collect data to provide to the CDC to conduct testing. Zika and West Nile are the main targets of the research, as both are risks across South Texas and the Valley.
Make sure to get rid of standing water around your property either in puddles in the yard or standing water in containers, fountains or bird baths. This is an ideal place for the mosquitoes to breed.
Use topical sprays any time you and your family are going outside, especially at dusk or when spending time near bodies of water like ponds and lakes. Do not use these sprays on dogs, but get a spray that is animal-safe.
Talk to your veterinarian about heartworm medication for your animals. They are at high risk of developing heartworms if bitten by an infected mosquito.
Make sure your lawn is not overgrown. Mosquitoes flourish in tall grass.
The best option is prevention and ongoing treatment for mosquitoes in South Texas, both of which Mosquito Squad of Victoria can provide for you. With our misting systems, you will have mosquito control at your fingertips at all times. Our treatment plans, like 12 weeks of protection will have you covered well into the summer, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your yard again! Don’t let the mosquitoes drive you indoors. Take back your yard today, contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria for your mosquito control needs!
Standing water and warm weather, the perfect combination for mosquito breeding. As you more than likely already know, we receive plenty of rain here in Victoria, and it’s definitely what could be described as “warm” outside. Is your yard going to become a breeding ground for mosquitoes? Do you know how to keep that from happening? These are indeed important questions. Worry not, however, Mosquito Squad of Victoria can ensure your yard is mosquito free with our highly effective barrier spray application. We can remove up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
According to a recent article in the Waco Tribune, “Recent rains have assured plentiful breeding habitat for the Aedes mosquito…”. It appears we aren’t even close to the peak of mosquito season. Usually by July we are at the height of the season which will continue until at least October. It appears the recent rains have allowed for a jumpstart to another uptick in the mosquito population.
Aedes mosquitoes are gaining worldwide attention. You’ve probably heard the name before. The reason for their increased notoriety is due to Zika. Aedes mosquitoes are the primary carrier of the Zika virus. Essentially, the Aedes mosquito is the primary reason for so many athletes dropping out of the Olympics in Rio due to fear of the Zika virus. Zika has been associated with a birth defect called microcephaly, which results in improper development of the brain in a fetus – the results can be heartbreaking. Not only is Zika spread through mosquito bites, but can also be spread by blood transfusions as well as sexual contact.
Just last week was National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. To find out how effective Mosquito Squad of Victoria is at keeping the Aedes, and all other mosquitoes, from dwelling in your yard this summer and fall, call us today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at [email protected] or click the green “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Whether you know it or not, mosquito control has a huge impact on the mosquito population as well as their ability to spread disease. Recently, the World Health Organization has recently stated, “The Zika epidemic and the birth defects it’s causing are both the fault of governments that abandoned programs to control mosquitoes and to provide even the most basic family planning assistance to young women.” Inherently, this message to government entities should also hold true for citizens as well, exclusively regarding the mosquito control aspect. You too can help make a difference!
When it comes to mosquito control, you and your family can do their part. Always remember the T’s of Mosquito Control:.
Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water and help eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Such as sandboxes, toys, and wagons. Also, planting saucers and dog bowls. Other hotspots include gutters and flat roofs.
Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yard as these areas are ripe for mosquito breeding.
Turn over large yard items that could hold water like children’s sandboxes or plastic toys.
If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats, or sports equipment aren’t taught, they’re holding water. Remove them or keep them pulled tight.
Take care of home maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water, including cleaning out gutters and making sure downspouts are attached properly, keeping your lawn grass low, and check irrigation systems for leaking.
Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.
Utilize Mosquito Squad’s Barrier Spray protection program around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment reduces the need for spraying DEET containing bug spray on your children. We can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on a property.
Both the Aedes aegypti as well as the Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquitoes are right here in Victoria TX and they both are capable of transmitting a myriad of different vector-borne illnesses. Keep in mind the small amount of water in which mosquitoes are capable of laying eggs. Just a bottle cap full of water can act as a breeding ground for hundreds of new, bloodthirsty mosquitoes. By emptying out children’s toys and items such as tires, you can help to keep the mosquito population within your yard to a minimum. Also, if you have clogged gutters, you essentially have a home which could breed thousands, if not millions, of mosquitoes during the season. Stay on the offensive to protect you and your family from mosquitoes.
To keep your yard mosquito free for the entire season, call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Victoria. We can not only help knock down existing mosquitoes within your yard, but we can also keep them from entering your yard. While they may enter, they are goners as soon as they land on any surface which has been treated with our highly effective barrier spray. Also, we can evaluate your property to help show you areas which may become problem areas for mosquito breeding.
To find out what Mosquito Squad of Victoria can do to keep your yard free of potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes all season long, call us today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at [email protected] or click the green “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you!