What Are Mosquitoes And How Do They Help?

11/12/2021

It's fair to say that mosquitoes are pretty hard to tell apart. They're incredibly small insects, and many mosquito species in Atlanta are not a threat to humans. Did you know there is even a mosquito species that eats other disease-spreading mosquitoes?

Even though mosquitoes are universally annoying pests, they do serve a role in the ecosystem that benefits the natural order.

mosquito on a leaf

What Are Mosquitoes Good For?

Mosquitoes that target humans are actually in the minority of a very diverse insect population. Out of three to four thousand species of mosquitoes, only a handful of them feed on humans, and an even smaller number of them spread the life-threatening diseases we've come to fear.

Many animals eat mosquitoes as part of their regular diet. Not only do they feed the more welcome inhabitants of the planet, but they also pollinate. It may be hard to believe, but yes, mosquitoes are pollinators. It's a well-known fact that some of our best pollinators are struggling to survive, so insects that can and do pollinate are extremely useful to our ecosystem.

Even with these benefits, mosquitoes are perhaps the most dangerous creature on the planet. With millions of people killed every year from mosquito-transmitted diseases, it's best to keep them away from your home and family.

How To Keep Mosquitoes Away

Mosquitoes thrive in certain conditions, and unfortunately for Georgia residents, the climate here is more than suitable for their population numbers. As homeowners, though, there are a few preventative measures that may reduce or eliminate the mosquito population around your Atlanta property.

  • Plant mosquito-repelling plants like eucalyptus, citronella, and lavender.

  • Light mosquito-repelling candles or lanterns.

  • Eliminate standing water sources, especially things like old tires or dips in the yard that may collect rainwater. Treat standing water with larvicide, but make sure pets and children don't have access to it.

  • Make sure windows and doors stay closed and that they seal properly. Keep their screens well-maintained and free of holes.

  • Make sure your foundation and exterior walls are also free of holes. Seal any cracks with silicon-based caulk.

  • With large bodies of water, keep the water treated or circulating. Standing water is just asking for mosquito larvae.

The hope is that these methods prove effective for your property, but if the mosquitoes stubbornly stick around, the best prevention method is still to come.

Contact Tuxedo Mosquito Control For The Best In Mosquito Protection

For year-round mosquito control and prevention in Georgia, Tuxedo Mosquito Control has a solution that's right for you. Whether you need a one-time treatment to keep your yard or event center mosquito-free, or you'd like worry and hassle-free protection that lasts all year, you can count on us. By installing our automated mosquito mister system, you can enjoy a mosquito-free property during the height of the season. The misters encircle your property, dispense our eco-friendly mosquito killer, and repellent two to three times a day. If that's not enough, you can control the misters from your smartphone. Call Tuxedo Mosquito Control or visit us online for a free yard estimate that will protect your property and your health.

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