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Longview's Guide To Mosquito Control And Prevention

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Mosquitoes are irritating pests. But do you know they can present more of a threat? It is smart to take steps to prevent and control mosquitoes in your yard. If you've been looking for ways to repel mosquitoes, we have some great tips to share today. We'll look at the role mosquitoes play in our ecosystem that can help you keep mosquitoes out of your yard and talk about why it is important to reduce mosquito populations. We'll share some quick tips to prevent mosquito bites and end by looking at how professional mosquito pest control in Longview works. If you'd like to speak with someone about mosquito control, give us a call or connect with us through our contact page. We'll help you sort things out. 

The Role Mosquitoes Play In The Ecosystem

Mosquitoes seem like useless pests that only exist to do us harm. The reality is that they are a critical part of our ecosystem. Their large contribution is as a food source. They are at the bottom of the food chain, and many insects, arachnids, other invertebrates, and wildlife eat them. So, when you find a mosquito on your arm, remember that a world with no mosquitoes would likely have food scarcity, and many animals would go extinct. You may want to thank that little mosquito for its contribution. Or not.

Another way mosquitoes help our ecosystem provides some insight into what you can do to reduce mosquitoes in your Longview yard. This is not commonly understood, but while female mosquitoes require blood for their reproductive processes, mosquitoes don't actually sustain themselves on blood. They feed on nectar and plant sap. This means that mosquitoes play an essential role in pollination. They move from flower to flower, just like bees. While they're not nearly as efficient as bees, they play an important role. You can use this knowledge to deter mosquitoes. 

Why Mosquito Population Control Is So Important

Most of the time, mosquitoes are just irritating pests. The females bite and draw blood, creating itchy wounds. It is annoying to get mosquito bites because they can itch for days. But there is a more significant issue related to mosquitoes. They have the ability to transmit human pathogens and are a vector for dangerous viruses. The good news is that U.S. residents are mostly shielded from the worst mosquito-borne viruses, such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, and Zika virus. We only deal with these diseases when there is an outbreak. In the U.S., the primary mosquito viruses of concern are West Nile virus and several other viruses that cause encephalitis.

Helpful Tips To Protect Yourself From Being Bitten By Mosquitoes

While the best solution for mosquitoes is to get mosquito control for your yard, there are many ways you can guard yourself. Some work better than others. Here are our best suggestions. 

  • Enclose outdoor recreational spaces with nets. These work to keep mosquitoes out and provide an impenetrable barrier. 
  • Wear repellent. A good repellent will mask your scent and prevent mosquitoes from finding you. 
  • Use all-natural solutions. Wearing white clothes or light colors can make it harder for mosquitoes to lock onto you. Wearing long sleeves will give mosquitoes less skin to attack. 
  • Plant some vegetation mosquitoes don't like. You can use lavender, citronella, basil, rosemary, marigolds, mint, and many others. 

Mosquito protection requires effort. If you don't want to think about mosquitoes every time you go outdoors, mosquito control is the best way to go. Let's look at how and why mosquito control works. 

Longview's Secret Weapon To Effective Mosquito Control

Since mosquitoes don't fly from yard to yard, it is possible to deter them. Professional mosquito control resets the mosquito population in your yard. How does it work? Your pest professional will inspect your yard for conducive conditions and breeding sites and provide advice regarding alterations that will prevent mosquitoes from breeding. But the primary benefit a professional provides is a treatment that eliminates the mosquitoes that are hiding on your property. 

If you're in Longview, connect with Gecko Pest Control for effective mosquito control services for your yard. We offer industry-leading pest control solutions to address all of your pest concerns. Connect with us by phone or through our contact page.

We look forward to providing you with impeccable service. Contact us for a free estimate or inspection, and get started today!