Mosquitoes are everywhere this December. You would think the colder weather would have driven Mosquitoes away right? Bet you thought Mosquitoes were only a problem in the Spring and Summer months. This year’s unseasonal temperatures and unprecedented rainfall totals have made ripe conditions for exponential mosquito growth. Especially here in Conroe!
Mosquitoes not only thrive in swamps, forests and wetlands but also like to reside in urban areas and neighborhoods all throughout Conroe. Mosquitoes can be found in your backyards and front yards; they may even find their way into your home. Cracked doors and unsealed windows make for easy entry points for these winged devils. Tires and flower pot saucers sitting outside of your home, collect water and make for a huge attraction for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can carry diseases with them, making you very sick.
CPL Pest Control’s Mosquito control is a serious job that helps to reduce the number of mosquitoes on the prowl for blood meals each night. We at CPL enforce Mosquito Control by either spraying chemicals into your yards or by some other integrated pest management technique to help reduce the mosquito population around Conroe homes and businesses. Additionally, we are inspecting waterway habitats such as ponds where mosquitoes breed and grow into adults. You and I both know, Conroe is full of bodies of water where Mosquitoes can thrive. We do this because mosquitoes can fly up to a mile. Mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs, and it only takes about a tablespoon of water for the eggs to hatch. Mosquitoes can breed in any standing water, including ditches, catch basins, retention ponds, storm drains and puddles. Mosquitoes can also breed in ornamental ponds, swimming pools and bird baths.
What Kinds Of Mosquitoes Do We Have In Conroe?
There are three different types of Mosquitoes that inhabit Conroe. They are the Saltmarsh Mosquito, the floodwater Mosquito, and the Culex Mosquito.
The saltmarsh Mosquito is found in brackish water or water with a high salt content. It is not very common, and it is most active at night.
The floodwater Mosquito is the Mosquito that is most often found in Conroe. They can breed in any standing water, and they are the Mosquitoes that we will see the most of this December.
The Culex Mosquito is the Mosquito that carries West Nile Virus. It is a common Mosquito in the August/September time period, but it can be seen earlier or later in our Mosquito season.
What is the life cycle of Mosquitoes?
Mosquito larvae are the first stage of life for these insects. Mosquito eggs hatch into larvae, which feed on organic material in the water. Mosquitoes then have four larval stages before they pupate and become adult mosquitoes.
Adult mosquitoes are small, thin-bodied insects that have piercing-sucking mouthparts. Mosquitoes use their mouthparts to pierce the skin of animals and people in order to suck out blood. Female mosquitoes require blood to produce eggs. Mosquitoes can spread diseases when they suck blood from people and animals. Mosquitoes are known to transmit West Nile virus, encephalitis, malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and dog heart-worm. Mosquitoes are a major nuisance and can cause a lot of damage.
What Can I Do To Prevent Mosquitoes?
You can prevent mosquitoes on your own by removing any standing water on your property. Mosquitoes are known to breed in shallow water, so anything from a birdbath to an old tire can be a place for mosquito eggs to grow. Mosquitoes are also drawn to dark, moist areas. Keep your grass mowed and plant shrubs away from the house. Mosquitoes are naturally attracted to us by our vibrations, so try not to wear dark colors or scented perfumes. Mosquito feeding can last sometimes until 10pm, so make sure to use mosquito repellent before then. Mosquito repellent can be found at any grocery store and is usually located near the band-aids and Neosporin.
How Can I Tell If I Have A Mosquito Bite?
Most mosquito bites will start to itch within a few minutes to a couple hours. Mosquito bites can be different shapes and sizes depending on which kind of mosquito bit you. They will look like a flat red dot with a slightly puffy red border. Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, so it is important to know the symptoms of a mosquito bite. If you experience a high fever, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, or a rash after being bitten by a mosquito, seek medical attention.
Which Is The Best Mosquito Repellent?
There are many different types of mosquito repellents on the market. Some work better than others, but most will do the job. The best mosquito repellent will have DEET in it. DEET is a chemical that confuses mosquitoes and prevents them from biting you. It is important to follow the directions on the bottle, because DEET can be harmful if used in large quantities.
There are also many natural mosquito repellents that are made with essential oils. These repellents usually have a citronella smell, and they work best if you apply them to the skin. Some examples of natural mosquito repellents are:
- Avon’s Skin So Soft Moisturizing Oil – Key Ingredients: Soybean Oil and Vitamin E
- Repel 100% Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion with Aloe – Key Ingredients: Rosemary Oil and Geranium Oil
- Cutter Advanced Insect Repellent with Vitamin E – Key Ingredients: Aloe and Vitamin E
What Should I do If If Think I Have Mosquitoes?
If you are having a problem with Mosquitoes call CPL Pest Control today! Using nothing but the best in technology, we promise to over-exceed your expectations! There is no reason why you should be dealing with Mosquitoes this late in the season and so close to Christmas! Give us a call today for your FREE Consultation and Quote! Call 281-683-6737, as always, ask for Chris!
Thanks for reading!