Owning a home in Texas means mosquitoes are nothing out of the ordinary to come in contact with. However, it is very important to know the most common species of mosquitoes in Texas to know what you’re dealing with. The common types of mosquitoes can range in variation and are key to maintaining mosquito control. There are 3 main common mosquito types found in the Dallas area you need to be aware of as a homeowner that can cause a huge inconvenience for you.
Southern House Mosquito
The first common type is the southern house mosquito. These normally bite during the early morning hours, evenings, and nights. They are medium-sized, quick, and have a brown body color. They are also the main carrier of the West Nile virus in the United States. Although their preferred food choice is birds, they can possibly enter homes at night to bite humans.
Western Encephalitis Mosquito
The second of common mosquito species is the western encephalitis mosquito. This species is most active the few hours after sunset. It’s a black mosquito with a distinguishing white band on its thorax. This mosquito species is the most important carrier of mosquito-borne viruses in the United States like zika virus, equine encephalitis virus, and St. Louis encephalitis virus. They typically feast on birds and mammals. Their most noticeable feat is that they are remarkable flyers, being able to fly as far 2–10 miles away from their breeding site.
Upland Floodwater Mosquito
The third type of common mosquito you’ll face is the upland floodwater mosquito. It’s a small mosquito with a noticeable white band on the abdomen. It’s one of the most widespread mosquitoes in the world and is the number one pest mosquito in the United States alone. This mosquito is active during all times, and it bites during the night, dusk, or dawn. They can be found throughout the day lurking in shaded areas as well. All three types of mosquitoes, however, breed in standing water or stagnant water, so it’s imperative to monitor your property for any type of mosquitos.
When it comes to dealing with your mosquito problem regarding the common ones and uncommon ones, it can be difficult to find a solution. We’re here to help. Pest control solutions are never more than a phone call away with Chorbie at your service. Contact a Chorbie expert for more information about mosquitos or any other pest control/landscaping needs.