Mosquito Identification & Prevention
Mosquito control for your Salt Lake City yard doesn't have to be a hassle with a little help from the pros here at Uinta Pest Solutions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mosquitoes
What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are some of the most common insects on the planet. Though they are infamous for their bites, it may surprise you to learn that they do not depend on blood as their main food source. Both male and female mosquitoes actually eat nectar. Males don't bite animals or people at all, and females only bite when they need protein to lay their eggs. Still, mosquitoes are so numerous that the number of breeding females that need blood can easily stretch into the hundreds and even thousands just in your backyard. Reach out to us today for pest control services in Salt Lake City.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are extremely dangerous. They actually hold the title of "Most dangerous animal in the world" because they kill more people than any other animal on the planet. This is all thanks to the variety of diseases they spread.
Thankfully, mosquitoes in Utah and the rest of the United States do not carry the deadliest disease spread by mosquitoes, malaria, but they do carry several other dangerous viruses, including multiple forms of viral encephalitis. This means that even though their threat is diminished by the lack of malaria, they are still capable of spreading serious illnesses.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Most of the time, you wind up covered in mosquito bites in your own backyard because you have a couple of different attractants present. One of the biggest mosquito attractants is, of course, standing water. Most mosquito species need stagnant water in order to lay their eggs. They also do not fly far from their birthplace to find this standing water, so you may wind up with multiple generations of mosquitoes on your property if you have appropriate breeding sites for them.
Sweet-smelling, high-nectar flowers can also attract lots of mosquitoes because they feed on these plants. This means swapping flowers such as lilies or hyacinths for herbs like lavender or rosemary can go a long way to making your yard less attractive to these pesky pests.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
You will find mosquitoes most often near still water sources, in other places with lots of moisture, or in deep shade. Mosquitoes cannot withstand direct sunlight, so if you see them in the daytime, they will be under deep tree cover. They also are much more likely to come out at dawn and dusk. Of course, you will also find them near you when you are outside, as they will be attracted to your scent.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Unfortunately, it's very hard to get rid of mosquitoes once you have an active infestation. You might think it's as simple as going around and getting rid of all the stagnant water sources on your property, but these are not as easy to find as you would think, and some mosquitoes can even breed in soil with poor drainage.
This means the best thing you can do if you have an established mosquito infestation is to call the experts here at Uinta Pest Solutions. We can help you figure out how mosquitoes are breeding on your property and offer superior home pest control and commercial pest control products for eliminating them.
How can I prevent mosquitoes?
Following a few mosquito prevention tips can help make your property less attractive to these buzzing bugs:
- Eliminate all the stagnant water you can find.
- Plant herbs mosquitoes hate, like lavender and rosemary.
- Take care of moisture problems like poor drainage in your soil or clogged gutters.
- Use mosquito repellent when you are outdoors.
- Speak to your vet about protecting your pets from mosquitoes.
Remember, though, if you have an infestation that is already established, the best thing you can do is contact the mosquito control experts here at Uinta Pest Solutions.
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