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Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are parasitic pests. Female mosquitoes feed on the blood of animals and humans. Mosquitoes have a fly-like appearance. They have slender bodies, long legs, narrow wings, and an extended mouthpart (proboscis) that they use for feeding. Most mosquitoes are black, dark brown, or black and white in color.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes can easily be squished by a newspaper, but they pack a powerful “punch” and pose significant danger to both people and pets. Mosquitoes feed on a wide range of hosts, and are vectors of many diseases and parasites. Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting the West Nile virus, encephalitis, and the Zika virus in the United States. They are also responsible for infecting dogs with potentially fatal parasitic heart worms. Despite their small size, mosquitoes are some of the most dangerous animals in the world due to the deadly diseases they spread.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Mosquitoes are drawn to properties that provide an environment they can successfully feed and breed in. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on areas of standing water. Properties with ornamental ponds, marshes, wading pools, and drainage ditches are quite attractive to them. Standing water in driveways, clogged gutters, flower pots, buckets, baby pools, pet water dishes, and water on tarps and trash can lids can also attract mosquitoes. Females feed on blood in order to get the protein they need to make eggs. Both male and female mosquitoes consume plant nectar and pollen as their main food source. Properties with dense flowering vegetation attract biting mosquitoes as well.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are active at dusk and dawn when the weather is cooler. During the heat of the day, mosquitoes rest in tall grasses and areas of dense vegetation, along fence and tree lines, or underneath decks or porches. Swarms of mosquitoes may be found around areas of standing water on your property. Mosquitoes live and breed outside, but they often make their way inside homes while searching for a blood meal. They get inside through spaces found around windows and doors, through open windows and doors, or through holes in screens.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

The best way to reduce mosquito numbers on your Oklahoma property is with the help of a qualified professional. At Mid America Pest Control, our dedicated technicians provide the services needed to control biting mosquito populations. Mid America Pest Control is committed to using innovative and eco-friendly solutions to solve your mosquito problem. To learn more about our mosquito reduction services, contact Mid America Pest Control and schedule your free 58-Point Pest Analysis.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

The best way to prevent problems with mosquitoes is to seek professional pest control from Mid America Pest Control. In addition to our professional services, the following tips can help to prevent problems with mosquitoes:

  • Reduce standing water on your property.

  • Maintain gutters to prevent water from pooling in them.

  • Fill in low-lying areas on your property that allow water to pool.

  • Store wading pools, wheel barrows, flower pots, pet dishes, and other containers that can collect water upside down when not being used.

  • Keep tarps tied tight to prevent water from collecting on top.

  • Keep your lawn cut short.

  • Eliminate overgrown or dense vegetation on your property.

  • Make sure that screens are intact.

  • Place weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.

 

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