What features attracted you to your home the most? Were you drawn to its design or maybe an addition such as a hot tub or steam room? Some homeowners pick their home for the property that surrounds it. If you enjoy the nature around your home, but cannot spend time outside due to painful and dangerous mosquitoes buzzing about, we have a few things you should hear. To deal with these annoying pests around your San Antonio property, here is what you need to do.
What Are Mosquitoes?
If you have spent any amount of time outdoors, you already have a basic understanding of mosquitoes. These needle-nosed pests are best known for harassing and stealing blood from people and animals alike. You might recognize them as the small thin insects that, when you slap them, leave blood splatters on your skin.
Around properties, mosquitoes lay eggs in sources of stagnant water. These eggs take anywhere from eight to ten days to develop into adult mosquitoes. Eggs laid in winter before temperature drops can lay dormant for months until warmer weather returns. Due to the climate here in Texas, this rarely is the case.
The Dangers Of Mosquitoes
When most people are bitten by a mosquito, the only feeling is annoyance or aggravation. Your mind on this matter might change after we share this one simple truth. Mosquitoes are not just annoying; they are extremely dangerous. Each year, these small pests are directly responsible for over a million fatalities around the globe. This makes them the most dangerous creatures on our planet. Thankfully, due to medical advancements and our access to quick and reliable treatments, deaths related to mosquitoes here in America are not very common. You can, however, still get sick from these pests. Some of the most common diseases mosquitoes spread here in the United States include.
- Zika virus
- West Nile virus
Mosquito-born diseases are primarily spread through cross-contamination. The more transmittable sickness there is in one given area, the more likely mosquitoes will be able to spread it.
How Homeowners Try To Deal With Mosquitoes
There are many resources on the internet that promise solutions to mosquitoes. Some are helpful; others are nothing more than a scam to get you to spend money. Here are a few methods you should not attempt when battling mosquitoes on your own.
- Ultrasonic sound-producing devices
- Mosquito repellant plants
- Spraying Listerine
- Hanging bags of water from your ceiling
- Citronella candles
- Placing dryer sheets around your home
- Essential oils
The best thing you can do to deter mosquitoes from settling down on your property is to eliminate sources of standing water and reduce opportunities for water to build up. To do this, dump out water trapped in items such as toys, fix leaky piping and fixtures in and around your home, repair or clean out broken or clogged gutters, and make sure all decorative pools and birdbaths are changed out regularly, or have a way to keep the water inside them moving.
How Romney Handles Mosquitoes
Without the proper training and knowledge of pest control procedures, there is no easy way to handle mosquitoes on your own. At Romney, we handle mosquitoes by applying affective treatments in areas where mosquitoes congregate and breed. If you are looking for a way to remove mosquitoes from your San Antonio property, our team is here to help.
Contact us today to discuss your options for service and to find a solution that best fits your needs.