We all know mosquitoes are the most hated summer pests in Texas. Just like fire ants, we can’t enjoy our outdoor spaces without mosquitos dropping in uninvited and spoiling the party. In an effort to combat these annoying bloodsuckers we spend a lot of money trying to protect ourselves from them. Unfortunately, these methods only work some of the time and don’t address the problem directly. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you need to eliminate mosquitoes. How do you do that? Well, read on for summer mosquito control tips for your Texas yard.
To effectively eliminate mosquitos you need to understand their life cycle. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in pools of calm, stagnant water. They are laid in bunches, up to 200 at a time, that float on the surface tension of the water. Depending on the species, eggs can hatch in as little as 48 hours.
After they hatch, mosquitoes spend their time swimming in the water using their tails to maneuver around, feeding on microorganisms. They stay in the water until they have gone through four stages of molting.
When they emerge as adults, male mosquitoes drink nectar from flowers whereas females need blood to produce eggs.
It makes sense that if mosquitoes need water to breed, then just eliminate the water. It is as easy as it sounds. After it rains there is a myriad of objects that can be turned into mosquito breeding sites: trash can lids, buckets, flower pots, plastic chairs, tarps, children’s toys, the list can go on and on. Get your neighbors on board and you will see a dramatic difference in the number of mosquitoes in your area.
As for birdbaths and other water features, keep them clean and make sure there is moving water. Birdbaths should be emptied out every two days to keep mosquitoes from reaching adulthood. If your yard has bad drainage and collects water, you could use larvicide tablets that safely dissolve in water and can prevent mosquitos for up to a month.
Encountering mosquitos outside is one thing, but running into them in your house is a nightmare. If you can’t kill them in time you run the risk of being a buffet while you sleep. To keep them out make sure your screens are intact. It doesn’t take much of a rip or tear to allow mosquitos to sneak in. If you have a chimney, make sure it is properly sealed to prevent mosquitos or any other pests from climbing down.
Sitting out on your patio at night with the outside lights on can be counterintuitive. Lights attract mosquitoes and they’ll ditch the light for your blood as soon as they catch a whiff of you. If you must have a light on the subject, then choose a bug light. These aren’t the bug zappers that might come to mind, but quite the opposite. These lights emit a different type of light that does not attract mosquitos or other insects.
DEET is a great mosquito repellent but some people are allergic to it and therefore must seek out alternative methods. You can buy natural mosquito repellents that don’t use DEET as an ingredient and instead use scents like lavender, citronella, tea tree, and lemongrass.
Follow these helpful steps and you will no longer be run out of your own yard by annoying mosquitos.