The Ultimate Guide To Mosquito Control: Tips And Tricks For Your Elk Grove Property

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Mosquito infestations are a lot like weeds: they’re annoying, they’re prolific, and they’re potentially dangerous to your property. These tiny pests may not seem particularly harmful at first, but it's what's inside – not outside – that poses risks to humans. 

It doesn't help that mosquitoes are all but ubiquitous in Elk Grove. There are dozens of species native to our local area, with some of them carrying potentially dangerous pathogens. Leaving yourself or your family open to exposure may be far more dangerous than you realize.

That’s why it’s important to have a mosquito control plan in place long before warm weather hits – to keep your Elk Grove property comfortable and mosquito-free all season long. Do you know what steps you need to take to make this a reality? Or do you feel like you've tried everything but seen no results?

As a local pest control company with more than 45 years of experience, we know a thing or two about getting rid of mosquitoes. In this guide, we share our best prevention tips and tricks for controlling mosquitoes around your Elk Grove property. Once we discuss mosquito behavior and habits, we explore some of the dangers associated with these biting pests. We also explain how to build a mosquito-proof environment for the people, pets, and places you love.

Looking for a faster solution to serious mosquito populations? You can take a look at the Bell Pest Control mosquito process at the bottom of this guide or give us a call to get started with services.

Now, let's jump into everything you should know about mosquito control in Elk Grove – starting with facts about mosquito behavior.

Understanding Mosquito Behavior: Essential For Effective Control

You probably know that female mosquitoes in Elk Grove bite people so they can fertilize their eggs. You may also know they enjoy staying low to the ground for a fast and convenient dinner. But how much else do you know about mosquito behavior? And how much would knowing their habits change your treatment approach?

Bell Pest Control believes in taking an information-based approach to sustainable pest control, which is why we start with client education before breaking ground on any new project.

Here's what you need to know about the mosquito's unique behavior:

  • Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and heat. Although body odor and sweat can and do attract mosquitoes, they're not the only factors bringing these pests too close for comfort. Mosquitoes are also drawn to the carbon dioxide (CO2) we exhale. They have special receptors that detect CO2, allowing them to locate humans from up to 60 meters away. They can also detect thermal heat signatures, helping them find warm-blooded hosts more effectively.

  • Mosquitoes sip feed on their victims. Unlike other pests that bite a single host, mosquitoes prefer to feed from multiple available hosts. This means they're never really 'filling up' after they bite you and instead will travel from host to host. 

  • Mosquitoes prefer certain blood types. Did you know mosquitoes have a preference when it comes to the blood type of their host? Studies have shown that people with type O blood receive mosquito bites nearly twice as often as those with type A.

  • Dusk and dawn are peak mosquito times. Mosquitoes are mainly active during the cooler hours of dusk and dawn. They tend to rest during the hottest parts of the day in cool, shaded places. Bushy shrubs, overhanging tree branches, and other grove-like areas may act as major attractant factors around your yard.

  • Mosquitoes have a short flight range. You may be surprised to hear mosquitoes have a relatively short flight range. In spite of their pervasive presence, most species of mosquitoes fly less than three miles for a meal. Some species only travel a few hundred meters in their entire lives.

  • Mosquitoes only need a bottle cap of water to reproduce. All it takes is a single bottle cap of water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. This means even a few drops left in tarps, tires, and toys may be enough to start a full-blown infestation.

It's clear that mosquitoes are a scrappy kind of pest and rarely, if ever, go away without a fight. Unfortunately, this only makes their dangers worse – and puts you and your loved ones at risk as well.

Mosquito Dangers: Itchy Bites, Allergic Reactions, And Diseases

The side effect of attracting a large amount of mosquitoes is receiving a large number of bites. Many of us simply brush these off as a harmless nuisance, then go about our day with a dash of anti-itch cream.

However, the bite of a mosquito is far more dangerous than you may first believe. In fact, the CDC cites the mosquito as one of the deadliest animals on earth.

Consider the nature of a mosquito, for example. Remember how they 'sip feed' on various people and pets? This means they're moving blood from one place to another without filtering out pathogens.

It also means you may be at risk of getting inoculated with diseases carried by mosquitoes.

Malaria is perhaps the most well-known of these illnesses. However, it's not particularly common in the United States. You're more likely to find yourself at risk of West Nile virus, which has been on the rise in California for several years. 

But this isn't the end of our mosquito-borne problems, unfortunately. Mosquitoes can also trigger allergies and secondary infections. They can also contribute to severe, life-ending illnesses like encephalitis or meningitis. If this makes you uneasy, don't worry – it should! It's important to recognize the true seriousness of mosquito activity. But before you launch into a panic or worry about what to do next, you should know you can reduce your risk factors with regular mosquito prevention.

Keep reading to learn how you can make a mosquito-proof environment for yourself and the ones you love.

Creating A Mosquito-Proof Environment: Tips For Your Outdoor Spaces

Whether your backyard is home to five mosquitoes or 500, you need a strategy to control their numbers and prevent unwanted bites from affecting those you love. That's why we pulled together these helpful prevention steps to get you started down the right path.

Here's where you should begin:

  • Remove Standing Water: Mosquitoes lay their eggs in still, shallow pools of water. This means you need to be extremely vigilant about getting rid of containers – from that half-filled water bottle to the flower pot with a few inches of rainwater in it.

  • Get Rid Of Shady Spots: Mosquitoes prefer cooler, shadier areas of the yard where they can rest and relax. While we're not saying you need to pull up the whole patio, we are saying to look for harborage zones where these pests like to hang out. Trim back branches, get rid of thick shrubs, and keep vegetation away to get rid of mosquito hiding spots.

  • Install Fans: Just looking for ways to keep mosquitoes away from your feet? A simple box fan around your patio can discourage pests from getting too close. The powerful airflow can blow them off course and reduce their numbers in the immediate area.

  • Use Repellents Wisely: Clothing repellents are one of the most common tools used for mosquito control. However, you don't want to overdo it – even natural options like citronella can be irritating to the skin. We recommend natural plant-based repellents or those made with DEET or picaridin at a concentration of 50% or lower. But again, this isn't a foolproof solution. Be sure to wear long-sleeved clothing, too!

Taking these steps can make your outdoor space far less attractive to mosquitoes. It also means your yard can be more enjoyable for you, your friends, and your family.

However, keep in mind these are mosquito prevention tips – not mosquito control suggestions for active infestations. If you're struggling to manage a major population and feel lost about what to do next, you can turn to the team at Bell Pest Control to get hope and help immediately.

Effective Mosquito Control: How Professionals Ensure Lasting Results

Mosquito control isn't necessarily rocket science. However, it does need to get done to keep your family protected. It also requires a wide range of specialized skills to keep you protected for the long haul.

For these reasons and many more, we recommend relying on Bell Pest Control for home pest control in Elk Grove. Our team has years of experience dealing with pesky invaders and commands hundreds of five-star reviews and expert, long-lasting results.

First, we evaluate your entire property to get a better understanding of your surroundings. Then, we apply specialty mosquito treatments designed to get rid of pests and control their spread. Finally, we continue providing monthly service to keep mosquitoes at bay, which gives you more time to relax and enjoy your backyard.

Curious to learn more about our secret to success? Check out our approach to mosquito control today. We look forward to receiving your call or message and brainstorming solutions to your current mosquito problem.

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