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The state of Texas is home to 85 different species of mosquitos!

Are you fed up with slapping these pesky insects away? Are you tired of hiding indoors because mosquitos have taken over your yard? 

If so, this guide can help.

Learn more about mosquito season in Texas, as well as how you can prepare for it and minimize the effects of mosquitos, below. 

Most common mosquito species in Texas

Although dozens of mosquito species reside in Texas, some are more common than others. Here are the five most common species that could affect you and your loved ones:

Upland flood water mosquito

This mosquito is characterized by white bands on its abdomen. They’re most active at dawn, dusk, and overnight. However, they may also come out during the day in shady areas.

Aedes mosquitoes

Aedes mosquitoes breed in stagnant water sources such as discarded tires, flowerpots, and other containers that collect water. They have a preference for laying their eggs in small, artificial water-holding containers found in urban areas, making them well-adapted to human environments.

They are often characterized by their black and white striped appearance and relatively small size compared to other mosquito species.

Culex Mosquitoes

Culex mosquitoes are found in Texas and are known to transmit diseases such as West Nile virus. They are active in the evening and breed in various water sources. Control measures in Texas include larval source reduction, insecticide use, and public education to minimize the risk of disease transmission.

Asian tiger mosquito

Asian tiger mosquitos are dark-colored with white spots and white joints on their black legs. They are active during the day, stay out year-round, and can survive for weeks at a time.

Dark rice field mosquito

This mosquito is dark brown and silver and commonly shows up in pastures and fields in rural areas. However, they can fly and survive over ten miles from their breeding grounds. They’re most active during the dawn and late afternoon and are known for their painful bites.

Southern house mosquito

Southern house mosquitoes are light brown. They breed in water (especially polluted water) and are active from dusk til dawn.

Eastern saltmarsh mosquito

The eastern saltmarsh mosquito has a golden color and preys on mammals. They’re most common in the Gulf Coast and Dallas-Fort Worth areas. They’re most frequently spotted at twilight.

Health risks caused by mosquitos

Mosquito bites aren’t just annoying. They can also spread a variety of diseases to humans. The following are some of the most well-known ones-

  • Chikungunya virus: Causes fever, joint pain, headaches, muscle pain, or a skin rash
  • Dengue virus: Causes nausea, vomiting, a skin rash, and aches and pains (particularly behind the eyes)
  • Eastern equine encephalitis virus: Causes fevers, neurological diseases like meningitis, and encephalitis (an infection that causes swelling in the brain)
  • Japanese encephalitis: Causes encephalitis
  • La crosse encephalitis: Causes encephalitis, primarily in children under 16
  • Malaria: Causes fevers, chills, and flu-like symptoms, and can be fatal
  • St. Louis encephalitis: Causes fevers, headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and neuroinvasive diseases like encephalitis and meningitis
  • West Nile virus: Causes serious, potentially fatal neuroinvasive diseases
  • Yellow fever: Causes fevers, aches and pains, and liver disease with bleeding and jaundice (yellow-tinged skin)
  • Zika virus: Causes a fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.

Mosquitos can also harm your pets. For example, they can spread heartworm disease, as well as several other viral and bacterial infections. 

When is mosquito season in Texas?

Texas has a longer-than-average mosquito season because of its hot, humid weather. It typically lasts from February to November, with the most severe infestations occurring during the late spring and summer. 

How to prepare for mosquito season

Texas is in the thick of mosquito season right now, but it’s not too late to protect your home and your loved ones from these disease-ridden pests. The following are some of the most effective strategies you can use to prepare for mosquito season:

Don’t overwater

If you overwater your lawn or garden, you could create an environment that’s inviting to mosquitos. Remember, mosquitos love and breed in water, so avoid building up pools of water on your property. 

Eliminate standing water

Standing water is particularly enticing to mosquitos. If you notice standing water on your property, identify the source and drain it as quickly as possible.

Standing water is often caused by an improperly leveled yard, poor soil drainage, or leaking water main or sewer line (the smell of the water will let you know right away if you’re dealing with a sewer line problem). 

In addition to eliminating standing water on the ground, avoid stagnant water buildup in other items on your property. For example, old tires, kids' toys, sandboxes, trash cans, and the tarp that covers your pool or hot tub could all fill with water and attract mosquitos.

Trim grass and vegetation regularly

Tall grass and overgrown vegetation can provide hiding places for mosquitos. The same goes for piles of old leaves.

To reduce the risk of mosquito infestations, cut your lawn regularly, trim trees and shrubs, and rake up fallen leaves (bag and dispose of them properly as well). 

Change pet water daily

If your pet has an outdoor water dish, change the water daily. You may also want to bring the dish in overnight and set it out in the morning so you don’t have to worry about mosquitoes breeding in the water when the sun goes down. 

Maintain appropriate chlorine levels

Check the chlorine levels in your pool or hot tub to prevent mosquito larvae growth. If you worry that your pool or hot tub is still attracting mosquitos, you can also take the following steps-

  • Run the filter regularly
  • Cover the pool when not in use to prevent chemical evaporation
  • Use a skimmer to clean the pool daily
  • Stick to a consistent cleaning schedule, including weekly backwashing.

You can also install mosquito traps around your pool.

Change pond or birdbath water

If you have a pond or birdbath in your yard, change the water at least twice per week. You can also use mosquito dunks, which dissolve in the water and release bacteria that kill mosquitos, as an alternative. 

Invest in heartworm protection for pets

Protect your pets from mosquito bites as well.

Make sure your pet receives regular heartworm prevention treatments from their veterinarian. Many vets offer monthly pills that prevent heartworm infections, as well as annual and semi-annual vaccines. 

How to get rid of mosquitos

If you’re frequently slapping at mosquitos or scratching at their bites, you can take several steps to get rid of them. Here are some practical solutions for eliminating mosquitos from your property:

Mosquito traps

Mosquito traps use various attractants to lure female mosquitoes toward them. They may feature an impeller fan to capture mosquitos, but some also feature sticky surfaces or electric grids that catch and kill mosquitos. 

Expertly placed mosquito traps can effectively catch and kill mosquitos that are currently hanging out on your property. However, when used alone, they may attract additional mosquitos to your property, so it’s best to combine them with other techniques. 

Mosquito fogging

Mosquito foggers are machines that convert eco-friendly insecticide into mist and then pump it into the air. They’re especially beneficial for treating outdoor spaces before a big event. 

Some mosquito foggers use propane or electricity to produce and distribute mist. You can also use thermal foggers, which use air pressure to convert liquid into a fine mist. 

Fogging treatments keep mosquitos away for several days, although some have noticed much longer-lasting results.

Mosquito misting systems

Mosquito misting systems automatically spray insecticides around your property to control mosquito infestations. They feature a series of nozzles that can be installed throughout your property, including in locations that are most likely to attract mosquitos.

Some people are hesitant about mosquito misting systems because they worry about the effects of insecticides inadvertently hitting their kids or pets. Many mosquito misting systems use safe, non-toxic mosquito repellents that aren’t harmful to humans, plants, or animals. 

Why you need an integrated mosquito management approach

Integrated mosquito management (IMM) uses a combination of prevention and control methods. 

IMM involves identifying places where mosquitos lay eggs, controlling the larvae and pupae, and killing adult mosquitos. Regular monitoring is also vital to managing mosquito populations and preventing the spread of diseases. 

When you partner with a professional pest control team, they can help you identify parts of your property that are attracting mosquitos (such as standing water or overgrown grass). They can also treat your property with a combination of traps, foggers, and misting systems to ensure you see the best results. 

Don’t forget about routine maintenance, either. To see the best results from your mosquito control treatments, you must stick to a consistent schedule.

When pest control technicians treat your property regularly, they can help you keep mosquitos at bay and catch signs that they’re proliferating sooner (meaning you can stop them before they get out of hand). 

Eliminate or prevent mosquitos with Natran Green Pest Control 

Mosquitos can cause serious health issues for you and your loved ones (even your furry friends). You might not be able to avoid them entirely, but you can minimize your exposure by following the guidelines discussed above. 

Do you want to work with a professional pest control service to eliminate or prevent mosquito infestations on your property? If so, Natran Green Pest Control can help with eco-friendly, safe, and powerful pest repellents.  
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