The high level of humidity and the proximity to the Gulf Coast makes Houston a thriving area for mosquitos. In fact, Terminix ranked Houston as the third most mosquito infected city in the United States. Mosquitos are deadly insects as they cause the spread of diseases across the world.
People are not the only victims when it comes to mosquitos. Dogs are also threatened by these blood-sucking insects. Mosquitos can transmit heartworms to your dog, which is an extremely dangerous condition. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your furry friend and your loved ones.
Remove Standing Water
Water is an essential component in the mosquito’s life cycle. Of the four stages in its life cycle, three take place within the water. An adult lays eggs on the surface of the water, they hatch into larvae, larvae molt to grow bigger before turning to pupae, and finally, an adult mosquito emerges.
Remove standing water from your backyard whenever you can. You should clean your gutters often, remove standing water from playsets, and change the water in your birdbath every few days.
Treat Water You Cannot Remove
If you have a pool or a pond, then ensure it is treated to avoid breeding of mosquitoes. Ensure your pool’s filter is properly working, and the water has the right level of chlorine. For a pond or fountain, us Mosquito Dunks. Dunks are a biological mosquito control method that is completely natural. It contains a Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), a bacteria effective against removing mosquito larvae for up to 30 days. Bti is harmless to pets, dogs, fish, and other wildlife.
Maintain Your Lawn
You should weed-eat and mow your lawn on a weekly basis. Unkempt grass and weeds are perfect places for mosquitoes to stop and rest. Eliminate these areas with proper lawn care. You should also remove any junk that may hold water. Tires, barrels, and buckets are just a few examples. After it rains, go out and check areas that may be holding water. Mosquitoes don’t need a lot of water to lay eggs, so it’s crucial you are mindful.
The tips outlined above will certainly reduce the presence of mosquitoes in your backyard, but they will not entirely eliminate them. For that reason, you should install a mosquito misting system in your yard. Misting systems are incredibly effective at repelling mosquitoes from your home. Texan Mosquito Systems uses state-of-the-art technology to repel mosquitoes. Reach out to us to start the installation process by calling (713) 597-8866.