Mosquito Services in North Texas You Can Hang Your Hat On
Moskeeters. The high-pitched whine of these pesky critters can strike fear into the heart of even someone who’d charge hell with a bucket of ice water. When you contract mosquito control, you want to know that you’ll get services you can count on.
Here at Buckaroo Pest Protection, our main goal is to protect you and your family or business from the dangers of these and other pests.
Here’s why mosquitos are so dangerous and what you can expect from our Texas mosquito services.
Types of Mosquitos in the Dallas Area
Unfortunately, mosquitos in many parts of Texas are thick as fleas on a farm dog. Of the roughly 200 species of mosquito that live in the US, 85 of them can be found in Texas.
Ready for some good news? Out of these 85, only 6 species of these bloodsuckers are the most common and stir up the most public health concerns. The worst offenders in the Dallas area include:
- Eastern Saltmarsh Mosquito: prefer to lay their eggs in salt water and are thick as thieves in the Gulf Coast area. However, these gold-toned critters are just as happy to chow down on Dallas folk and their pets.
- Asian Tiger Mosquito: this black with white markings mosquito isn’t nearly as cool as his namesake. Unfortunately, while most mosquitos are more active at night, this mosquito is active all day. They can lay eggs in tiny pools of standing water and will go after anything with blood — humans, pets, wild mammals, and even birds.
- Dark Rice Field Mosquito: this mosquito prefers to live in fields and feeds on livestock, however, they will cheerily fly 10 miles from their breeding site so they can appear in the suburbs as well.
Dangers of Mosquitos
Aside from that annoying high-pitched whine and their presence seemingly everywhere, what’s so bad about these little critters? Why are they considered to be a menace to public health?
Female mosquitos need blood to reproduce. Unfortunately, any time a foreign object comes into contact with your blood, you’re at risk. It doesn’t matter that the proboscis of a mosquito is about as big as the little end of nothing.
When a mosquito bites you, they inject a small amount of saliva into your blood. (You’re welcome for that tidbit).
This is what makes them such excellent transmitters of disease. If they are carrying a virus, they can inject it right into your body along with the saliva. To make matters worse, mosquitos are known to carry disease-causing agents for several potentially deadly diseases. These include:
- West Nile Virus
- Zika Virus
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- Louis Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
- Dengue Fever
On a less dangerous but still annoying note, mosquito bites are uncomfortable. They are usually quite itchy and can become inflamed easily.
Some people react more strongly than others and may develop hives, swollen glands, or even a low-grade fever.
The Importance of Kid and Pet-Friendly Mosquito Protection
With the dangers that these critters pose, it’s obvious why you need mosquito protection around your home or business. Even just a few critters hanging about can stir up some serious trouble.
However, here at Buckaroo Pest Protection, we don’t believe in trading one danger for another. Many pest control services rely on products laden with toxic chemicals to combat your mosquito problem. While these can be effective, they can also pose other dangers — particularly to children and pets.
We use eco-friendly products that rely on as few toxic chemicals as possible. We also approach each home or business with an individual touch, choosing only the products that will benefit your space. One size doesn’t necessarily fit all when it comes to pest protection.
DIY Methods to Keep the Mosquito Population Down
There are also simple ways that home and business owners can help to keep the mosquito population down and reduce the need for heavy chemicals. Here are a few DIY tricks that we love to share with our customers.
Clean Up Standing Water
The numero uno method for keeping the mosquito population down is to eliminate standing water. Mosquitos need water to lay their eggs and without it, they’ll have to go somewhere else.
Keep your yard clean and make sure there is nothing laying around that can harbor water after it rains. Even something as small as a bottle cap can hold enough water for a few baby skeeters.
Do you like to garden? Throw a few mosquito-repelling plants into the mix. Then you will always have mosquito protection that doesn’t require any more effort than simply trending your garden.
Some ideas include citronella geranium, marigolds, calendula, lemongrass, mint, and rosemary. Some of these are even tasty on chicken or in your iced tea!
Hydrogen Peroxide Repellent
Spritz a mixture of ⅓ hydrogen peroxide with ⅔ water around your patio when you plan to sit outside. This won’t hurt your plants and doesn’t smell bad, but mosquitos sure hate it.
Another great option is to light citronella candles for outdoor events. Not everyone enjoys the smell of citronella, but you can try different blends until you find one that you like. Plus, breathing the faint aroma of citronella is better than struggling with mosquito bites for days after a barbecue!
Monthly Mosquito Services
Of course, DIY methods will only go so far. We find they are best used in combination with professional mosquito services.
We offer seasonal agreements to home and business owners so you can set up your mosquito protection services and forget about it. Once a month we’ll come to inspect and treat the space around your home or business.
Staying on top of mosquito protection like white on rice keeps the problem to a minimum. Plus, it helps you avoid having to use strong chemicals because a full-blown infestation never comes to fruition.
Contact us today to learn more about our professional mosquito services and get one free service with a seasonal agreement!