The Best Way To Keep Dangerous Mosquitoes Away From Your McKinney Property

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Mosquitoes are common in McKinney in the spring and summer, but they don’t need to pester you in your own yard. Oak Pest Control offers high-quality and affordable pest control in McKinney that protects your yard and family from mosquitoes and their bites. Call today to learn more about our options for mosquito control services. 

Mosquito Means "Little Fly"

Do you know that mosquitoes are called “little fly” in Spanish? They may be little, but these flies can cause big problems. Although male mosquitoes typically get all the nutrients they need from nectar, females need extra protein in order to lay eggs. They get this protein by drinking mammal blood. They then lay their eggs in stagnant water, where they’ll hatch and develop into more adult mosquitoes. 

You’ve probably heard mosquitoes are attracted to lots of things– blood type, perfume, sweat. It isn’t always clear why some people get more mosquito bites than others. Mosquitoes do seem to be able to sense body heat and the carbon dioxide people breathe out. They’re also more active at dawn and dusk – sunrise and sunset – in warm climates. Whatever brings mosquitoes to you, you want to avoid being bitten as much as possible.

The Potential Dangers Of A Mosquito Bite

The most concerning factor of a mosquito bite is the potential for disease. There are many diseases carried by mosquitoes, even in the United States. These include West Nile virus, dengue, and encephalitis. These illnesses are rare, but they do happen, so it’s best to reduce your chances of being bitten by mosquitoes and contracting one of these diseases.

Illness aside, mosquito bites are uncomfortable. They usually appear as raised welts but can also look like blisters or bruises. Some people, such as children and those with immune deficiencies, have more severe reactions that involve more swelling and redness, fever, hives, and swollen lymph nodes. There’s also a risk of infection when you scratch mosquito bites. 

Four Easy Ways To Make Your Yard Less Attractive To Mosquitoes

The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to prevent mosquitoes altogether. This isn’t always possible, but there are things you can do around your yard to keep mosquitoes away, including:

  1. Remove standing water.
  2. Eliminate excess shade.
  3. Install plants that repel mosquitoes.
  4. Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn.

Mosquitoes in McKinney lay their eggs in stagnant water, whether that’s a pond or a bottle cap. Getting rid of anything that can collect water is important for mosquito prevention. If you want to keep things in your yard, such as a bird bath, be sure to replace the water frequently. 

Mosquitoes prefer to hang around in shady areas. Having lots of overgrowth in your yard can create this shade and attract mosquitoes. Or, if you want shade in your yard, consider adding or replacing some plants with ones known to repel mosquitoes. These typically use scent, which can be an added bonus for your yard. Plants such as lemongrass, basil, and rosemary can help deter mosquitoes.

You can take other steps to prevent mosquito bites, especially when you’re away from your own yard. Wear light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants and apply mosquito repellent to yourself and your clothes.

If you have mosquitoes living in your yard, you may need to consider contacting a professional home pest control company to get rid of them. 

The Best Mosquito Control Solution For Your Yard

Mosquitoes can be tricky pests to manage on your own. Oak Pest Control offers mosquito control in McKinney that will keep your yard clear and your family safe. We prioritize eco-friendly treatments that are safe to use around kids and pets. This allows us to protect your home and family from mosquitoes. Call Oak Pest Control today to learn about our options for mosquito treatments in McKinney.