Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they are dangerous! Here in Central Texas, we mainly encounter the Aedes mosquito. These irritating insects carry and spread several viruses including Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Mosquitoes can also put your dog at risk for heartworms. Protecting your home from mosquitoes is very important for the health of your family, pets, and pollinators!
Because we care about our environment, we chose the In2Care® trap as our number one form of mosquito control. With the innovative use of auto-dissemination, the mosquito spreads the active ingredients to its breeding sites, effectively controlling itself.
These buckets will sit in hidden places around your lawn and lure mosquitoes in.
- No sprays
- No harsh smells
- Does not target pets, kids or beneficial insects such as bees or butterflies
When it’s absolutely necessary, and a customer wants it, we also provide targeted mosquito spray treatments.
- We do not spray areas when a bee or other pollinator is present
- We spray plants at the bottom to target the places mosquitoes live
Here is the Material Safety Data Sheet if you desire to view the make-up of the treatments we provide.
Eliminating Breeding Areas
Before discussing breeding sites, it’s helpful to understand the lifecycle of mosquitoes. There are four stages in the mosquito life cycle and the entire lifespan is completed in 8-10 days!
Stage 1: Mosquito eggs are laid in a wet environment, usually in stagnant water in clusters or individually. However, mosquito eggs can lay dormant in dry environments for months.
Stage 2: The mosquito eggs hatch into larvae which feed on organic matter in the water habitat.
Stage 3: Mosquito larvae transform into pupae and do not eat. They mainly sit on the water surface and rarely move.
Stage 4: The mosquito is an adult, lives on land, and has wings. Male mosquitoes only feed on liquid carbohydrates like plant nectar and juices. The female mosquitoes bite humans and collect blood to produce eggs, but occasionally will feed on liquid carbohydrates as well.
Since larvae feed on bacteria and other microorganisms in standing water, a critical step to mosquito control is eliminating all breeding sites. You can remove these spots in your yard by looking for any motionless bodies of water, disposing of the water, and making sure to eliminate the probability of these locations capturing more water. This may require removing obstacles from your yard or filling the area with sand or another barrier.