Much has changed since the founding of Bellaire, Texas, in 1908. The miles of prairie separating Bellaire and Houston have disappeared, annexed by Houston shortly after World War II. However, one thing that has not changed is the area's climate. Hot summers, high humidity levels in every season and plentiful rainfall make the area particularly attractive to mosquitoes. If you are finding that your enjoyment of your backyard is being compromised by pesky mosquitoes, contact MosquitoNix Houston.
Why Mosquitoes Are a Problem
Mosquitoes are ectoparasites, which means that they feed externally from their hosts. Female mosquitoes pierce the host's skin to extract blood; an anticoagulant in the mosquito's saliva keeps the blood from clotting. The itchy, raised bump left behind can be an annoyance, and scratching the wheal can lead to an infection. However, the annoyance factor is not all that mosquitoes may leave behind. The mosquito family is the deadliest family of animals in the world; mosquitoes are known or suspected of transmitting a variety of serious diseases that can affect humans as well as some animals.
Mosquitoes have been around for millions of years and are unlikely to suddenly go extinct. The four-stage lifecycle of the mosquito, its ability to breed prolifically and its ability to adapt to virtually all environments combine to make the mosquito a formidable pest that is not easily vanquished.
Other than avoiding the outdoors — especially around dawn or dusk — there are few things that homeowners can do to control mosquitoes. The soil in the Houston area typically has a great deal of clay, so rain does not penetrate as well as it does in sandy soil. This can leave puddles of stagnant water — the ideal place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Homeowners can attempt to eliminate standing water by filling holes, but this will not be enough to control mosquitoes. Other sources of stagnant water should also be eliminated, including empty planters, bird baths and other containers that collect water.
However, to control mosquitoes effectively, professional assistance will be necessary. At MosquitoNix Houston, we have the expertise to help our customers rid their yards of pesky, potentially dangerous mosquitoes. We employ two proven methods to control and prevent mosquito infestations.
- We start by drawing out mosquitoes so that we can spray them and kill them. We then spread granules on the lawn to prevent the mosquitoes from reproducing.
- Misting systems are a preventive measure that stops breeding while simultaneously killing mosquitoes. Nozzles are hidden so that the beauty of the lawn is not impacted. Homeowners can select the timing of the mist to avoid conflicts with outdoor activities.
If you are serious about reclaiming your outdoor spaces, contact us today for a free estimate.