If there was one thing we could change in the world, we would make it so that mosquitoes did not need to bite humans. The fact that mosquitoes even bite humans seems so impractical. Let us explain. Adult mosquitoes don’t need blood to survive, and female mosquitoes only need it to provide nutrients for their eggs. Unfortunately, we have no power over whether these pests are able to bite us. What we do have power over is whether or not these pests cause trouble on our own properties. Here are some things you should know about mosquitoes in Frisco and how to reduce your chances of being bitten.
What Is The Purpose Of Mosquitoes In Frisco?
Mosquitoes are not all bad. They are actually beneficial to the environment. Like bees and wasps, adult mosquitoes feed on nectar and transfer pollen from flower to flower. This is a crucial process that helps plants form seeds and reproduce. One thing you might not know is that male mosquitoes do not have the necessary mouthparts to draw blood. Only females can draw blood from humans and animals. Why do mosquitoes bite you? Because they need the nutrients in your blood for their eggs. These eggs are laid in sources of stagnant water and take roughly five days to hatch.
A Brief History Of Mosquito Control
People have been looking for ways to control mosquitoes for centuries. In 1867, a farmer from the United States discovered that pouring kerosene into pools of stagnant water prevented mosquitoes from reproducing in them. And many studies have been done showing the direct correlation between diseases like West Nile virus, malaria, and dengue fever, and mosquito bites. This sparked a new era of mosquito control advancements. In the 1920s, Paris Green, an oil-based pesticide, was used in swamps and bayous in the southern United States to reduce mosquito populations. Further advancements were made in Switzerland in 1939 with the creation of DDT which allowed countries around the world to reduce the spread of malaria. DDT was eventually banned in the U.S. 1972 as it was considered a serious threat to human health. This has led to several more advancements in the past 50 years towards safe mosquito control options, some to protect individuals, like repellant sprays; others to keep mosquitoes off properties, like professional-grade treatments. Today, we have more options than ever to fight back against mosquitoes.
The Diseases Mosquitoes Can Transmit
Mosquitoes are considered to be the most dangerous creatures on the planet and are directly responsible for over a million deaths each year. The majority of these deaths are caused by malaria. Other diseases carried by mosquitoes include dengue fever, West Nile virus, chikungunya virus, and Zika virus. Although less common here in the states because of our access to quality health care services, outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases still occur. For this reason, it is important that you take precautions to avoid being bitten as much as possible.
Natural Ways To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Yard
If you are looking for a way to get rid of mosquitoes in your Frisco yard, one option that is better than all the rest, is professional mosquito abatement. At DANCAN The Pest Control Expert, we offer advanced mosquito control services. These services can be used to protect properties year-round or defend them for a time. If you want to enjoy your yard or an outdoor event center without worrying about annoying and potentially dangerous bites, let our team lend you a helping hand.
Call now to learn more about our mosquito control options and schedule your Frisco home for a service visit.