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One of the benefits of living in Texas is the climate. While people in the northern regions of our country huddle in their homes to escape freezing temperatures, we can still enjoy many outdoor activities. Unfortunately, a downside to our mild temperatures is the continual presence of mosquitoes. It is frustrating to combat these biting pests when you want to enjoy an evening sipping tea on the back porch or lying in the hammock.

 

The best way to end the frustration of a mosquito infestation is to secure mosquito control in Frisco from All-Safe Pest & Termite. We are a family-owned and operated company that has solved pest problems for homeowners since 1984. Nearly four decades ago, we realized that home pest control companies in our area did not offer low-toxicity pest control solutions, so we set out to fix the problem. Today, we are the largest independent pest control company in the area, winner of numerous awards, and have thousands of five-star reviews from our customers. We can solve the mosquito issue at your home.

Mosquito Or Not? How To Identify Them At A Glance

Many insects fly and bite. For example, crane flies, wood gnats, mayflies, and gnats are bugs that look like mosquitoes but aren't. How do you know if you have a mosquito infestation or if another type of insect is invading your Frisco property? 


Mosquitoes are similar to other insects with their six long legs, two wings, and compound eyes; however, the most defining feature of a mosquito is its proboscis. This extended mouthpart projects from a mosquito's head and is used to feed on plant juices and nectar. The male proboscis appears feathery; the female's is rigid and smooth and can pierce the skin. 


All insects have two antennae, but if you can get close enough to see, you'll notice that a mosquito's antennae are not smooth but are long, feather-like appendages. Mosquitoes use their antennae to detect odors and other indicators to help them locate food sources. 


Only female mosquitoes bite people. Unlike bed bugs, fleas, ticks, and other ectoparasites, mosquitoes do not require blood to live. An unfertilized female eats plant juices like her male counterpart; however, it needs protein, iron, and amino acids in human and animal blood for egg production. Carbon dioxide, body heat, sweat, and odor attract female mosquitoes that need blood. When it locates a blood source, it lands, anchors itself with tiny claws at the base of its six legs, and inserts its proboscis to draw blood. Once its body fills with blood, it detaches and flies away to find a suitable place to deposit its eggs. 


Another way to identify a mosquito is when you see it. Most species in Texas, like the culex and Aedes, are active at dusk or dawn; however, Asian tiger mosquitos bite people during the day. This species is identifiable by a single white medium stripe running down its 1/8-inch black body and white-striped black legs. Culex mosquitoes, one of the most common of the 3,000 mosquito species, have a 1/4 to 3/8-inch grayish body with iridescent white, green, silver, or blue scales. Due to white markings on their bodies, Aedes mosquitoes look similar to Asian tiger mosquitoes, but instead of a singular white stripe down the back, the white blotches on the thorax (middle section) look like a lyre or violin. 


You can also identify whether you have mosquitoes by noting where you notice them. Mosquitoes often stay within 200 yards of their breeding grounds. These locations consist of water-holding items, ponds, marshes, lakes, and poorly draining areas where stagnant water exists. Female mosquitoes deposit their eggs above the water line or in the soil at the water's edge. If you have stagnant water surrounding your home, you probably have mosquitoes. 


Keep mosquitoes away from the yard by partnering with All-Safe Pest & Termite. 

Zika, Dengue, And Malaria: Common Mosquito-Borne Diseases Explained

The World Health Organization and others classify mosquitoes as the deadliest animal in the world. About 700,000 people die from mosquito-borne diseases annually. How do mosquitoes kill so many people? The answer lies in how they feed. 


A fertilized female needs nutrients in human and animal blood to produce eggs. A female mosquito's proboscis contains six needles called stylets. Two stylets cut through the skin, and two hold the skin open. Once inside the body, the mosquito uses the fifth needle to draw blood; the sixth stylet injects saliva and a coagulant and anesthetic into the host's bloodstream to lubricate the proboscis, promote blood flow, and prevent an immediate response to the bite. 


When a mosquito feeds on a human infected with a viral or bacterial infection, it ingests the pathogens into its body, and they eventually migrate to its salivary glands. Thus, when it feeds on another host and injects its saliva into its victim, it spreads whatever diseases are in its body. Although other insects feed on blood, mosquitos spread more illnesses because they feed on many humans and animals during their lifetimes. Fleas spread diseases, but their range of activity is limited. Bed bugs do not spread disease from host to host because they stay with the same host. 


Let's examine the most dangerous diseases carried by mosquitoes. Malaria is the most common infection and is responsible for the majority of deaths worldwide. Surprisingly, a parasite causes malaria. The Anopheles mosquito species spreads malaria, but not every Anopheles mosquito is a vector for the illness. In the early stages, malaria causes fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches, and other flu-like symptoms. If untreated, it can result in kidney failure, coma, mental confusion, and death. Fortunately, malaria cases in the United States are rare, and we have medications to treat the parasitic-induced condition. 


The Zika virus has been in the news in recent years, and while it is a legitimate disease, its impact in the United States is minimal. The Aedes mosquito, which is common in our area and includes Asian tiger mosquitoes, spreads this virus. In 2023, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "there is no current local transmission of the Zika virus in the continental United States." Their website states that the last known case was in 2016-17 in Florida. In most cases of a Zika infection, the majority do not experience symptoms; if they do, they are mild and flu-like. 


Another virus carried by mosquitoes is dengue. According to the CDC, Texas has reported 27 dengue cases in 2023. Like the Zika virus, most people (one in four) with dengue do not experience symptoms. In the 25% with a response to the virus, fever, nausea, vomiting, pain behind the eyes, and rashes are common. Fortunately, these clear up in two to seven days. 


Remember, not every mosquito carries a disease, and all species cannot spread the same illnesses, and symptoms are mild in most who experience a reaction. However, mosquitoes transmit other diseases, and the the best way to minimize the risk of an infection is to use All-Safe Pest & Termite for mosquito control around your Frisco property. 

Mosquito Prevention: Eco-Friendly And Effective Tips

All-Safe Pest & Termite will end your current mosquito infestation. However, for protection against a future invasion, these are ways to keep mosquitoes away from your home:

  • Remove items that retain water.
  • Provide drainage to ditches, puddles, gutters, and low-lying areas.
  • Clean out gutters. 
  • Keep the grass cut short.
  • Prune away dense vegetation. 

 

Although there is controversy regarding effectiveness, you may plant citronella grass, lemon grass, mint, catnip, and sage. The main issue is that oils from these plants are the repellant, not so much the plants themselves. However, having these plants in your yard may provide some protection. 


These eco-friendly recommendations and the All-Safe Pest & Termite mosquito control service will deter mosquitoes from breeding on your property. 

Total Mosquito Control: How Professionals Ensure Long-Lasting Results

It is frustrating when you cannot enjoy working in the garden or playing in the yard due to a mosquito infestation. We will send a technician to inspect your property to determine mosquito hot spots. We use our backpack misters to treat breeding areas (i.e., bushes, shrubs, etc.) to control mosquitoes. Every 30 days, we repeat the treatments throughout the mosquito season (April to October). 


While there are many downsides to our Texas climate, one is that mosquitoes are active throughout the year. While they are prevalent from April to October, the best way to enjoy maximum mosquito protection year-round is our In2Care System. 


The In2Care system consists of a series of mosquito traps on the perimeter of your property. Fertilized females fly into these snares and deposit their eggs. The eggs fall into the trap's insecticide-fused water, eliminating larvae when they hatch. While inside the trap, the positive charge of a mosquito's body attracts the negatively charged green ingredients on the netting where they land. They carry the eco-friendly insecticide material to their breeding grounds, where it eliminates the adult mosquitoes. 


Frisco mosquito control services from All-Safe Pest & Termite provide mosquito protection around your home. Whether you want complete year-round protection or seasonal relief, we are here to help. Contact us today to get your free estimate.

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