A mosquito hawk, also known as a crane fly, is often mistaken for huge, threatening mosquito, but they are not a type of mosquito at all. In fact, they aren’t even related to mosquitoes, despite the fact that they are rumored—incorrectly—to feed on mosquitoes and their larvae.
Mosquito Hawk (Crane Fly) vs. Mosquito
A mosquito hawk is a species of fly. These flying insects don’t dine on mosquitoes or any other type of animal — much to the disappointment of homeowners hoping that the mosquito hawk might help control the mosquito population. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, consume animal blood as an important part of their diet. Read on to learn more about these two varieties of insects, including their similarities and differences and which is most likely to win in the mosquito hawk vs. mosquito showdown.
The biggest similarity between mosquito hawks and mosquitoes is the fact that they are flying insects that share a passing resemblance. These two insect species also both live in water during their larval stages and both species have invaded most regions of the world, thriving especially well in wet regions. As far as comparable qualities, however, that’s about the extent of it.
Mosquito hawks and mosquitoes share far more distinguishing characteristics than similarities — the biggest difference between them being their bite, or the lack thereof.
Mosquitoes must eat to live. As larvae, they live in water and eat algae, while adult mosquitoes can live on plant nectar. But female mosquitoes need both lipids and protein in their diets in order to lay eggs, which is why they also feed on the blood of humans, dogs, cats, mice and birds. Even worse, mosquitoes are able to carry diseases and transmit them to humans by way of those bloodsucking bites.
Unlike mosquitoes, mosquito hawks don’t bite humans at all, or sting them. In fact, these insects eat only in their larval stage, when they feed on grasses and other plant matter. Adult crane flies have no need to eat, since they don’t live very long.
HOW TO GET RID OF CRANE FLIES AND MOSQUITOES
A mosquito infestation in your yard is obvious. When spending time outdoors, you’ll be pestered by the whine and itchy, stinging bite of these annoying little bloodsuckers. You might find small mosquito larvae twitching in pools of standing water that has collected in flowerpots or birdbaths. Mosquitoes can also thrive indoors in homes that have potted plants with moist soil or standing water collecting in drains. Again, the signs will be obvious. That annoying whine in your ear, a ticklish itch on your skin at the moment you’re bitten and the red, itchy welts that result from the bites of these irritating pests.
Mosquito hawk infestations may be less obvious, especially since these insects don’t bite and are essentially harmless to humans. A large number of mosquito hawks can, however, cause real damage to your yard. If sections of your lawn are patchy and yellow or brown in color, or have even been eaten down to the soil, you may be dealing with an infestation of mosquito hawks. Like mosquitoes, these insects live in water or moist soil in their larval stage. Since they consume grasses and other plant matter as larvae, they can destroy the health and appearance of lawns and pastures.
Since both mosquito and mosquito hawk larvae live in water, successfully controlling infestations of both insects must include resolving drainage problems and eliminating damp areas from your yard and home. Dump out water that collects in planters and other receptacles after a rain, and resolve any yard drainage issues to encourage drying and aeration at the root level. Rake and dispose of dead leaves, since both mosquito hawks and mosquitoes can thrive in moist piles of leaves and soil.
SO WHO WINS THE MOSQUITO HAWK VS. MOSQUITO SHOWDOWN?
Despite many misconceptions, mosquito hawks neither hurt nor help humans. They can be a household pest, but they are not a cause for concern, especially when compared to their killer mosquito counterparts. To protect yourself from mosquito bites and the diseases they carry, remember to dump and drain stagnant water around your home because that’s where mosquitoes breed. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors, especially between dusk and dawn. Using CDC approved insect repellent containing DEET will also keep mosquitoes from biting you.
WHATEVER THE PEST, WE HAVE A SOLUTION
If you are experiencing a problem with mosquito hawks, mosquitoes or any other type of common pest and the problem is beyond your scope to handle on your own, remember that Dynasty Pest Control is a trusted source for pest removal. Call one of our experienced pest control specialists to diagnose the problem and determine an effective solution so you can get back to enjoying your living and outdoor spaces pest-free.
What are Subterranean Termites?
Subterranean termites are a subclass of termites that can invade your home and leave you with costly damage. They can live in very large colonies and travel to places with lots of wood and metal, most notably your home. They can weaken wood and even metal support structures. Subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests in Texas and can cause major damage to your home before you even realize they’re there. Don’t know much about Subterranean termites? We’ve got you covered.
How Did I Get Termites?
These pests live in the soil beneath and around homes and often enter through wood that touches the ground or by constructing mud tubes from the ground to the wood they infest. Cracks in concrete walls and foundations made of hollow blocks are also paths these insects could take to infest a house.
How Serious Are Termites?
As the most common type of termite in Texas, subterranean termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage each year. They also eat books, other paper products, cellulose-based products, and a variety of other plant-based goods.
Some colonies have more than one egg-laying female, so subterranean termite nests can grow quickly and contain hundreds and sometimes thousands of members. Since the pests can often infest homes for years undetected, responding to early warning signs is key to preventing serious damage. The most commonly observed warning signs are the presence of winged swarmers, mud tubes and evidence of damaged wood.
When are They Most Active?
Termites swarm in the warm days following rain and are also attracted to warm buildings in the winter. The spring is an especially active time for termites because it is when they mate and form new colonies.
How Quickly Can They Do Damage?
It takes 2-3 years for a termite colony to become large enough to swarm, but once they do, it takes an average sized colony only six months to eat through one foot of a 2×4. This may not sound like much, but they make tunnels in the surrounding wood, weakening the wood and potentially the structure of your house. It is important to tackle termite damage as soon as you suspect it!
How Do I Get Rid Of Termites?
Based on the layout of your home and the degree of termite infestation, our team will create a treatment plan tailored for your home to get rid of termites.
How Can I Prevent Termite Damage?
- Store all firewood away from the home.
- Make sure four inches of the foundation is showing and no mulch is touching the home. Siding should not extend down into the soil.
- Keep drainage systems unblocked and routing water away from the home to prevent buildup.
- Eliminate leaks and moisture from the home in general.
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How to Get Rid of Backyard Bugs
Warm weather means the start barbecues, picnics, outdoor games, and plenty of time spent in your backyard. But it can also mean an invasion from less welcome signs of summer: bugs. Whether your backyard is facing a ants, flies, bees, mosquitoes, or ticks, you can find a keep those backyard bugs at bay.
The following five pest control tips may come in handy as you try to keep the backyard bugs at bay this spring and summer:
1. Remove Areas of Standing Water
Standing water is the enemy in your battle against backyard bugs, as it’s the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Make sure your gutters are unclogged and that any sunken areas in your yard are filled in so that water can’t collect. Even the water in the birdbath and kiddie pool should be regularly changed to prevent those little suckers from multiplying.
2. Pick up Clutter and Debris
Items like toys, tires and half-used bags of potting soil make perfect containers for rainwater. Additionally, piles of leaves, fallen branches and rotting fruit can attract insects to your yard, as they provide food and shelter for many insects. Your efforts can help in insect control, so keep your yard free of this clutter to make the area a little less attractive to bugs.
3. Keep Lawns Tidy and Trimmed
Overgrown brush and weeds can provide great habitats and hiding areas for a slew of backyard bugs. Keep your landscaping tidy, and be sure to trim back tall grass, brush, and weeds around your property.
4. Store Firewood Properly
Do you have firewood leftover from the winter? Well, if you’re not storing it properly you could find yourself the proprietor of an insect hotel. Firewood provides food and shelter for many insects, so you need to be certain that you’re doing everything you can to try to prevent an infestation. First, make sure wood is dry before storing it. Then, keep it stacked above the ground on a rack or platform so that pests which live in the soil — like ants and termites — can’t easily access the wood. Additionally, keep piles of firewood stored away from your home or other buildings. Ideally, there should be 3 feet between a stack of firewood and any structure. Lastly, firewood with a top cover or roof over it will remain drier and last longer. Do not fully wrap firewood piles with a tarp or plastic sheeting – this will trap moisture and make things worse.
5. Invest in a Professional Pest Control Service
Can you buy insect spray for lawns? Absolutely, you can. However, it likely won’t be as effective as the treatment a pest control specialist would use. In addition, a trained specialist may be better able to spot any potential pest problems before they get out of hand. The specialist can then make recommendations customized for your situation.
With a few preventative measures, you can attempt to keep backyard bugs at bay this spring and summer. Want some backup from trusted pest control specialists? Contact Dynasty Pest Control to schedule your initial inspection.
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Spring and Summer Pest Prevention
There’s nothing like spending a beautiful spring/summer day outdoors with your family and friends. But as the weather warms back up, the pests come back out. Our team put together the top 10 spring and summer pest prevention tips to help you get through the seasons without pest problems.
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Common Spring/Summer Pests
Pest hot spots in your home
Below is a list of common areas in your home vulnerable to pest problems. As well as explaining the reason it is at risk, we will offer advice on how to possibly prevent a problem before it happens. Here are our spring and summer pest prevention tips.
If you live in a condo, apartment or a multifamily housing complex you can probably ignore and skip this part. However facilities managers and private home owners should take note. Bees and wasps especially love to build nests in your home’s roof overhang.
- Always check for bees and wasp nests, and take action as soon as you spot one
- Fill cracks as soon as possible
2. Air Vents
It’s easy for pests to sneak through the air vents in your home during this time of year. Insects like ants love to sneak through any openings in your ventilation system.
- Install ventilation covers in your home’s ventilation system
Your attic is a vacation getaway for pests in the spring and summer! Termites love attics, so make sure you do everything to prevent them from getting there. If you are really unlucky, you may also find wasps nesting in your attic too!
- Replace all damaged roof tiles
- Repair cracks with roofing cement
- Inspect roof space regularly for pest activity
- Keep attic tidy and clutter free
- Store items in plastic boxes (not cardboard) to prevent rodent nesting.
While you put all of your winter coats away, and bring back out all of your spring and summer gear, you might notice signs of a moth problem in some of your favorite clothing items. While this means you already have moths, it also means you can prevent further damage to other valuables in your collection.
- Check clothes regularly for signs of damage
- Use sticky traps or moth killer strips to confirm signs of activity
- Wash all clothes and store in sealed bags
- Vacuum and clean the inside of closets regularly
Don’t forget about your bed! Always check your bed regularly for bed bugs. This pest never goes away and is a problem all year round. So, if you have been on a vacation recently or have invested in some second hand furniture it pays to check your room for any signs of bedbugs:
- Check all areas of your bed for signs (blood spots, droppings, shed skin)
- Inspect furniture and carpet
- Wash clothes and bedding on a high temperature setting
- Clean and vacuum the bedroom thoroughly and regularly
Cracks around windows, front doors, balcony and patio doors are easy to overlook. At this time of year, though, when the temperature and humidity begins to rise, mosquitos love to come out and they’ll find a way indoors if you leave any windows open.
It pays to cover these gaps from an energy saving and a pest prevention point of view.
- Install bristle strips under doors and replace worn weather strips on all windows
If shrubs, grass, and trees are left unmanaged and overgrown they can provide great hiding spots, shelter and even an easy access route into your home.
- Keep branches and shrubbery trimmed away from the house
- Keep compost in a sealed area, a good distance away from the home
Most people use their garage more for storing items like back issues of certain magazines, albums (LPs) and even furniture rather than their car. Be warned though, ants, earwigs and termites all love lounging in your past possessions.
- Cover air vents with galvanized mesh to prevent entry
- Store items in plastic containers and keep off the floor to prevent nesting sites
7. Laundry Room
It is really easy to overlook gaps around new pipes and even old pipework and dismiss them as no major cause for concern.
However, young mice only need a gap the width of a pencil to gain entry inside- will this make you think more differently about those gaps?
- Seal holes around any old or new pipework
- Caulk, expanding foam and other DIY products are available to fill cracks
The kitchen is often the one room singled out by pest controllers as most at risk of a pest problem.
This usually comes down to the fact of how plentiful the food is in just this one room. As pests need food for survival, this is the area of your home they gravitate towards.
- Store food in air-tight containers
- Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
- Regularly empty contents of garbage cans
- Clear food debris off the floor
- Regularly clean and inspect under sinks, cookers and behind the fridge
9. Outdoor Bins
Flies and other pests are not fussy eaters.
- Make sure all outdoor and garbage bins are sealed tight
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It’s almost springtime in Dallas! You know what that means: the weather is warming up, you and your family will be spending more time outdoors, but all of that outdoor time comes with risks. Wasps are a problem in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, so instead of letting those pesky critters build nests on your home, call Dynasty Pest Control for our wasp nest removal services.
The most popular wasp species in Dallas are Yellow Jackets, Baldfaced Hornets, Paper Wasps and Cicada Killers. One thing that they guys all have in common is that when they sting you, it hurts… bad. Our wasp nest removal services will ensure that no species of wasps are setting up base at your home.
How to Spot & Where to Find a Wasp Nest
In the springtime, wasps begin to prepare for the summer, and begin to build their new nests. As the temperature increases, the queen wasps are looking for their ideal building spot; most of the time that spot is located either directly on, or directly next to your home.
Wasp nests vary in many different shapes, sizes and locations, so sometimes it can be tricky to guess what you’re looking at. They can be open or closed; they can be found under eaves, 0r even in the ground. Typical areas you’ll find wasp nests include, arounds trees or bushes, under exterior fixtures, under eaves, and around door and window frames. That’s why it’s important you act now, and hire Dynasty Pest Control for our wasp nest removal service.
Why Wasps Are Dangerous
When spring begins, wasp colonies grow dramatically in number. What does this mean for you? It means if homeowners are not aware of the potential issue and danger, it could grow to a serious problem by summertime, which will be putting you and your family in danger.
Take a proactive stance on wasp nest removal, especially in the spring and summer.
Why Is It Important to be Proactive on Wasp Nest Removal in Your Home?
- Not only do wasp bites hurt extremely bad, but you or one of your family members can have a severe allergic reaction that could potentially be life-threatening.
- Wasps are far more challenging and dangerous to control and remove. Let our professional exterminators safely remove the wasp nest so you or no one in your family gets hurt.
- Wasps like to build their nest in your attic, patio and plant life around your home, putting your family and pets in direct risk.
- If you don’t remove the wasp nest as soon as you notice it, the wasp colony will grow exponentially.
Take Back Your Yard with Our Wasp Nest Removal Service
At Dynasty Pest Control, we can help you protect your home, yard and family from those unwanted wasps. With over 15 years of experience, we know how to get rid of any pests, including intimidating wasps.
The time to take a proactive stance on wasp nest removal is now because spring is just around the corner! Dynasty Pest Control will help you take back your yard today, and make your yard the pest-free outdoor paradise you’ve been dreaming of.