The Best Way To Keep The Mosquitoes Away From Your Baltimore Home

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Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying types of pests that will invade your yard this summer. These flying insects may be small, but they don't let that stop them from causing major problems. Some of these tiny bugs have been known to carry dangerous diseases that might get passed on to you through their bites.

At ATC Pest Control, we care about the safety of our customers. That is why our Baltimore pest control specialists have spent the last 15 years coming up with a comprehensive mosquito control plan that will keep these annoying and dangerous bugs away from your Baltimore home. 

The Role Mosquitoes Play In The Ecosystem

While we may not want mosquitoes around, if all mosquitoes in Baltimore were to suddenly disappear today, the world would not be better off. Mosquitoes play a vital role in creating and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. 

You may be surprised to know that male mosquitoes do not eat human or animal blood; only female mosquitoes do. Instead, male mosquitoes feed on nectar found in certain plants and flowers. While the male mosquitoes are flying from flower to flower in search of their next meal, they will inadvertently pick up pollen from one plant and bring it to another. While they may not be one of the most well-known pollinators in the world, mosquitoes do their part in ensuring certain plants are able to grow and flourish.

Mosquitoes also help to keep some of the other animals alive. Areas that have standing water are popular breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The female mosquito will lay her eggs on the surface of the water, and the mosquito larva will spend the first part of its life in water. Both the eggs and larvae act as a food source for fish and other aquatic animals, while birds and other animals will eat the adult mosquitoes. 

How Mosquito Bites Spread Dangerous Diseases

When a female mosquito gets ready to breed, she will first take a blood meal. When she bites a person or animal to drink their blood, she will inject a little bit of her saliva into her host's body. Mosquitoes are known to carry several diseases, and if you are bitten by an infected mosquito, you may catch the same disease that they have. Some of the harmful diseases that are caused by mosquito bites include:

  • Tularemia
  • West Nile virus
  • Dengue
  • Encephalitis
  • Chikungunya

These diseases may cause you to become ill. However, it is important to note that the mosquitoes that carry some of the more dangerous diseases, like the Zika virus and malaria, are not native to this country. 

Why Mosquitoes Are So Difficult To Control

Mosquitoes can lay around 100 eggs every day. That means that if you have standing water near your home, it won't take long for your yard to be overtaken by these annoying insects. Because there can be so many mosquitoes in one area, trying to eliminate them all can be difficult, especially if you do not have experience with home pest control. The trick to getting rid of mosquitoes is to find out what is attracting them to your yard in the first place and remove it. Then, you can work on eliminating the mosquitoes that remain in your yard. 

The Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Yard

At ATC Pest Control, we know the best way to keep mosquitoes away from your Baltimore yard. Our multi-step mosquito control methods will get rid of mosquitoes at every stage of life and prevent them from coming back. Give us a call to see how we can help you regain control of your yard.

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