The list of diseases that mosquitoes spread is long and made cumbersome by names like Chikungunya, Filariasis, tularemia, Zika, Malaria, yellow fever and Western equine encephalitis. That fact is that mosquitoes are carriers for a lot of disease. In Texas, and throughout the US, mosquitoes spread West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (it spreads to humans too,) Dengue, and Yellow Fever. Some of these diseases are lethal, others have treatments but no cure, and for some, there is no treatment. So, what can you do as a property owner or renter around the Austin area to reduce your risk of mosquito bites? Let’s Explore.
Make Your Yard Less Hospitable
The male mosquitoes eat plant sap. It is the females that bite us. They need the blood to use in their reproductive cycle. Certain plants help to repel mosquitoes. So, consider including plants the mosquitoes do not like in your landscaping, especially in areas where you sit. Consider:
- Salvias such as Pineapple sage and mints such as pennyroyal help to deter mosquitoes. Other plants include;
- Thyme, and
- Culinary sage.
Do a Water Patrol
Make sure that all standing water is removed. Even a few cups of water are enough for a female mosquito to lay eggs and for them to survive to adulthood. Make sure that water features are clean and if necessary treated with an anti-mosquito pesticide. Make sure the water chemistry on pools and hot tubs are within normal limits.
Talk to your neighbors about standing water and the risk of mosquitoes. Mosquito control is really a community effort.
Use Mosquito Repellent
Natural or commercial mosquito repellents do not prevent mosquitoes from biting, but they do help to decrease the risk of being bitten. Be sure to pay close attention to the directions because some products have a short duration and need reapplying sooner than do others.
Know Thy Enemy
It used to be that mosquitoes used to be more active in the early part of the morning and then again in the evening. That is no longer true. There are new species of mosquitoes in Texas and they are active in the hottest parts of the day. Zika transmission by mosquito is in Texas and these mosquitoes are active all-day long. 
As a professional pest control company that serves the greater Austin area, we help property owners and renters to decrease their risk of mosquito bites. Reach out to us with your concerns about mosquitoes and learn more about the mechanical and chemical methods of controlling mosquitoes.
Do you need pest control? Don't wait. Call Robert's Pest Control now at (512) 444-0132.