Mosquito Control Sacramento
Mosquito Season In Sacramento
Have you been bothered by mosquitoes lately? Mosquitoes are a common pest that many people do not know how to get rid of. They have a habit of coming out just when we don’t want them to. While you’re trying to grill a nice meal in the backyard or enjoy the warmer weather after a big rain, these buzzing nightmares are out for blood.
Typically, mosquitoes begin to emerge around April in this area of the country. This ruins the wonderful time of the year when families spend time outdoors. Backyard barbecues and evening walks create a risk of getting an itchy mosquito bite and trying to sleep with the high-pitched buzzing of a mosquito in the room can be nearly impossible.
When trying to avoid mosquito bites, you can certainly utilize a DEET-based bug spray, but most people do not want to use this daily due to the greasy residue and the potent smell. While it may be worth spraying on while camping or watching fireworks on the Fourth of July, it’s not exactly practical for using on the kids every time they want to play in the backyard or when you need to mow the lawn.
The best way to make your yard more enjoyable and reduce the risk of mosquito bites is to discover why the buzzing bugs are entering your space in the first place. As your pest and mosquito control company in Sacramento, we can help.
Before we discuss how to get rid of mosquitoes in Sacramento, let’s first get to know these tiny vampires a little bit better. Below, we’ve listed a few quick statistics to help you better understand the role that mosquitoes play in the world.
- There are about 3,500 known species of mosquitoes in the world, and roughly 175 of them are found in the United States.
- Mosquitoes are insects that are part of the gnat family. Mosquitoes have slender bodies with a pair of wings, six skinny legs, feathery antennae, and a long, tube-like mouthpart.
- Mosquitoes have been around 225 million years. Mosquitoes have remained mostly unchanged for the last 80 million years.
- Mosquitoes are known to be the deadliest animal in the world thanks to the diseases they spread which kill nearly three-quarters of a million people each year. The diseases they are most known to transmit are malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever, Zika virus, and yellow fever.
The Mosquito Life Cycle
One of the easiest ways to prevent mosquitoes and avoid needing professional mosquito treatment is to understand their lifecycle and then eradicate the elements they need to complete that lifecycle.
The most important thing to understand is that mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle. A female mosquito will lay her eggs in standing water or, if water is not available, somewhere where water can collect. This can include water that pools in an old tire or children’s toy as well as in more permanent water features such as ponds. Mosquito eggs are incredibly hardy and can remain viable for months in unfavorable conditions. In some parts of the country, mosquito eggs will freeze over the winter and hatch after they thaw in the spring.
After the eggs are exposed to water at the right temperature, they will hatch into larvae called wrigglers. The larvae will then become partially cocooned in the pupa stage where they continue to develop. Finally, they emerge as adult mosquitoes. After maturing, an adult female will feed on blood before she lays her eggs, restarting the cycle.
Females hunt for blood in several ways. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide that warm-blooded animals exhale as well as lactic acid in human sweat. They can also seek out the heat coming off of warm bodies from several hundred feet away. Humans make easy targets for mosquitoes thanks to the fact that we don’t have a protective layer of fur covering our skin.
Males will die a few days after emerging as adults and mating with a female. Females will live considerably longer and can lay eggs about three times before dying. Most mosquitoes will stay in the general vicinity to where they hatch. This means that if you consistently have a mosquito problem in your yard, you might be experiencing a newly hatched swarm one day and then deal with their children and grandchildren over the next few months.
How Mosquitoes Feed
While it looks like a mosquito has one straw-like tube that they use to suck blood, there are actually six needle-like pieces that are sheathed together in a singular tube called a proboscis.
Two of the needles are called maxillae and have sharp, serrated edges which pierce the skin.
Another two needles, called mandibles, hold the skin apart so that a fifth needle, which is called a labrum, can probe around under the skin for a blood vessel where it can begin sucking.
Finally, the sixth needle, called the hypopharynx, pumps saliva into the victim. The saliva contains a mild painkiller so you do not feel the insect bite you as well as an anticoagulant to keep the blood flowing freely. This is also how mosquitoes deposit diseases into humans.
How To Prevent Mosquitoes In Your Yard
As we mentioned earlier, mosquitoes need water to reproduce. This means that if your property is unsuitable for breeding, they will likely move somewhere else. For this reason, the first way to get long-term results when it comes to mosquito control in Sacramento is to eliminate anything that can fill with water. Check out some of the most common items on your property that can be harboring mosquito eggs below.
Childrens’ Toys And Kiddie Pools
Plastic buckets and toy dump trucks can collect rain or sprinkler water and create the perfect pool for mosquito eggs. Plastic pools that are left out year-round can also harbor water. Make sure to perform a thorough inspection of your front, back, and side yards to ensure there is nothing that has been left out which could collect water.
Tires And Flower Pots
These are items that might be laying around the yard because you have future plans for them. Perhaps you want to turn that tire into a swing for your children or you are waiting for the perfect day to plant flowers in those clay pots. Unfortunately, these items that remain outside long-term become an attractive breeding ground for mosquitoes after it rains.
Bird Baths, Fountains, and Ponds
Bird baths are practically designed to attract mosquitoes. You place them in your yard, let them collect water as it rains, and then wait for curious birds to come and play. Unfortunately, that pool of water is exactly what mosquitoes are looking for. If you have a fountain or a pond that doesn’t regularly recycle water, it is likely to also become a permanent egg depository for mosquitoes.
We have been experiencing a heavy rain season which means your gutters have been getting a lot of use. While gutters should funnel water off of your roof and to the ground, they occasionally become overburdened with debris such as leaves, dirt, twigs, and roof materials and are not able to drain properly. This can create another area of standing, stale water where mosquitoes will be drawn to. If you call someone for mosquito control services, make sure to have them inspect your gutters.
When To Call A Mosquito Control Company
Everyone has run-ins with mosquitoes from time to time. How do you know the difference between a few mosquitoes meandering through the yard and having a full-blown mosquito infestation? Earthwise Pest Management is here to help answer that question!
If you feel as if you cannot go outside without getting bit by mosquitoes or if they are frequently in your home, it’s a good idea to call your local pest control company for an inspection.
One of our pest removal experts will begin by performing a thorough inspection. They will look for many of the items we listed above as well as other objects that might hold water and attract mosquitoes. This will help us to identify the “hot spots” where mosquitoes might be hiding out. They will also identify other areas of your property that could harbor mosquitoes such as certain types of vegetation.
In addition to inspecting the grounds of your property, they will also look for vulnerable areas of your home that might be allowing mosquitoes to enter the indoors.
Here at Earthwise Pest Management, we use a method of pest removal called Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. This method not only addresses a current infestation but also takes into account the reasoning behind why the infestation began in the first place. In other words, we don’t just spray a bunch of chemicals as a temporary fix. We get to the bottom of the infestation in order to prevent future problems.
If you are experiencing mosquito problems in the Sacramento area, our team can be your mosquito removal experts to help you love spending time outside again!