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What are Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes, which look like flies, are parasitic insects. To produce healthy eggs, female mosquitoes eat the blood of warm-blooded mammals. Both male and female mosquitoes eat plant nectar as their primary food source. They are small with a slim body and long legs. They also have narrow wings and a tube-like mouthpart (proboscis), which they use to feed on plant nectar and blood. There are many species of mosquitoes that live in Texas. Below are two of the most prevalent.

What Kinds of Mosquitoes are There?

Aedes Aegypti Mosquito on an arm

Aedes Aegypti Mosquito

Aedes Aedes Aegypti's abdomen is dark brown to black. They also have white scales that form a string-like pattern on their thorax. Their legs have a striped appearance because their hind legs' tarsal segments have white bands. This species is hardy and can survive without water for many months. These mosquitoes can live in urban areas and are good at breeding.

Asian Tiger Mosquito on an arm biting someone

Asian Tiger Mosquito

It is the black-and-white "tiger-striped pattern" on their bodies that gives the Asian Tiger (Aedes albopictus), its name. Their heads have a white stripe and their legs have white bands. Asian tigers, unlike other mosquito species, are day-biters. They are known for being aggressive and able to move quickly.

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How can you eliminate mosquitoes from your yard?

You can help keep mosquitoes away from your yard by using prevention methods, in addition to treating the area for them. A mosquito can lay up to 100 eggs per container. It's possible for them to breed in containers as small as a plastic bottle cap. Your Alta Pest Control professional can offer tips and tricks to help you get rid of mosquitoes.

Can you DIY mosquito control?

There is not much scientific evidence to support DIY methods such as dryer sheets, citronella candles and essential oils for controlling mosquitoes. It is important to follow label instructions and apply treatment solutions correctly. Alta Pest Control professionals are certified to do this.

Which method is most effective for controlling mosquitoes?

Because they understand the conditions that encourage mosquitoes to breed, Alta Pest Control professionals are able to eliminate them. Alta Pest Control partners with you to identify problem areas and provide ongoing services to control them.

You can help keep mosquitoes away from your yard by using prevention methods, in addition to treating the area for them. A mosquito can lay up to 100 eggs per container. It's possible for them to breed in containers as small as a plastic bottle cap. Your Alta Pest Control professional can offer tips and tricks to help you get rid of mosquitoes.

How Alta Pest Control Protects Your Home From Pests

All of our treatment plans are customized to your home and yard. We do this to ensure that you get the exact coverage you need to keep your home safe. All of our technicians and inspectors are experts in their field, so you can be sure that you are getting top-tier protection.


One of our expert technicians will inspect every inch of your home and business for pest activity. Then they will create a custom plan based on their findings.

Initial Service

Once your custom plan is created, we will treat your home and yard to give you immediate relief from pests. Then, we will create a boundary around your property to prevent more pests from entering.

Follow Ups

After the initial service, we will conduct regular maintenance to ensure that your pest problems remain solved. We will also conduct free inspections for problem pests, such as termites.

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When it comes to pest control, we put our money where our mouth is. If we treat your home, and you're still seeing pests, we'll come back and retreat for free. We'll always have your back.

Mosquitoes Frequently Asked Questions

Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?

The mosquitoes are a serious pest that poses significant health risks for both humans and animals. Because of their ability to spread serious diseases, mosquitoes are among the most dangerous insects on the planet. They transmit diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, and dengue fever to developing and tropical countries.

The West Nile virus can be spread by the Asian Tiger mosquito in the United States. Aedes Aegypti can spread diseases such as Zika virus, Chikungunya and Dengue. Dogs can also be infected by the parasitic heartworm transmitted by mosquitoes. Their bites can spread diseases, but they are also itchy and may cause secondary infections.

What Is The Problem With My Mosquito Problem?

Hot and humid climates allows mosquito populations to flourish. They can be a problem on any property where they breed and live outside. They love land that has standing water, or is near standing water areas (marshes ponds lakes). Because they eat plant nectar, mosquitoes are attracted to properties that have a lot of flowers.

Where Can I Find Mosquitoes In My Area?

In tall grasses, areas with dense vegetation, along fencelines, behind trees bark, under decks, and porches, mosquitoes rest. Moths love to be attracted to ponds and swamps, wetlands or flower gardens. Aedes aegypti, a container breeding mosquito, is attracted to standing water. This includes buckets, old tires and wheelbarrows, garbage cans, pots and other containers that hold water. Although they rarely move indoors, they can sometimes sneak in through open windows or doors to search for food.

How Can I Get Rid of Mosquitoes?

Alta Pest Control, a family-owned business, is the best option to eliminate mosquitoes from your house or workplace. You can rest assured that your pest problems won't return and we offer quick response times. Our seasonal mosquito control professionals use the most efficient products to control mosquito populations on your property. Find out why Alta Pest Control is the preferred pest control company for your neighborhood. Give us a shout today!

What can I do to prevent future mosquito infestations?

Partner with Alta Pest Control to prevent problems with mosquitoes. Also, follow these prevention tips:

  • As much as possible, keep windows and doors shut.
  • Repair broken or damaged door and window screens.
  • All water-collating containers should be stored upside down
  • Make sure you fix rainwater-collecting areas that are low on your property.
  • To prevent water pooling around gutters and downspouts, make sure they are maintained.
  • Keep your grass cut.
  • Take out any overgrown plants from your exterior.
  • Outdoor lighting attracts mosquitoes. You can switch out the white outdoor lights to yellow or LED lights, which are more attractive to mosquitoes.


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