What Do You Need to Know About Mosquito Control?
Can Mosquitoes Damage My Home?
Mosquitoes typically don’t cause damage to surfaces or structures, but some of their relatives can. Aquatic midges (also known as blind mosquitoes) have been known to damage paint, stucco, and other surfaces—even car exteriors!
However, while mosquitoes might leave these surfaces alone, that’s only because they’re more interested in poking holes in your skin instead. Worse yet, mosquito bites can infect people with several potentially-life-threatening diseases, including:
How Do Mosquitoes Get Into My Home?
We tend to think of mosquitoes as an outdoor problem, but it’s also possible for them to breed inside houses (and trust us, you don’t want that happening). Mosquitoes typically get inside homes for one of the following reasons:
- They are attracted to indoor flowers or other plants
- They lay eggs in damp or moldy areas
- They lay eggs in stagnant water (including drains)
Mosquitoes can easily enter homes through weak seals, broken screens, and open windows or doors. In many cases, mosquitoes begin living near a property before they become a problem inside it—so if you’re noticing a lot of mosquitoes near your home, it’s best to call for help as soon as you can.
What Kinds of Mosquitoes Should I Worry About?
Mosquitoes are incredibly diverse, and more than 53 species live in California. We’d like to tell you that only a few bite—but that would be a lie. Mosquitoes bite—at least, the female ones do—and they carry diseases. That’s what makes them mosquitoes and not midges.
What we’re saying is that there’s no such thing as a good mosquito infestation. No matter what kind of mosquitoes are causing problems for you, let us take care of them and discourage them from returning.
How Can I Keep Mosquitoes Off My Property?
Use these strategies to make your home and surrounding areas less inviting for mosquitoes:
- Reduce the number of ornamental plants in and around your home since mosquitoes feed on nectar.
- Tighten exterior faucets to keep the soil around your home dry.
- Check your property for abandoned flower pots, buckets, and containers that might collect condensation or have liquid left in them.
- Dispose of mulch piles and other moist yard waste.
- Keep windows and doors closed to prevent newly hatched mosquitoes from making their way into your home.
Some yard fixtures (like fountains, ponds, and birdbaths) can also be fertile breeding grounds for mosquitoes. If you don’t want to remove these features from your lawn or garden, call a pest control specialist who can use chemicals to deter mosquitoes from these areas.
Another way to prevent mosquitos on your property is to use the In2Care Mosquito Trap. It is a unique Aedes mosquito tool that controls breeding, reduces populations and prevent transmission of diseases. Watch this video below to learn more: