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What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are small flying insects that are active in the spring, summer, and fall. They are typically brown or gray in color, have one set of wings and one set of antennae, and have a long straw-like proboscis that mosquitoes use to feed.

Mosquitoes feed on plant nectar, but the females also need blood in order to breed. They lay their eggs in standing water, which is required for the eggs to hatch. In ideal conditions, a mosquito can hatch from an egg and develop into an adult in two weeks. Mosquito control is essential to keep the mosquito population down on your property.

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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Although it can be hard to believe, mosquitoes are the most dangerous animal in the world. The death toll from bears, sharks, lions, snakes, and rhinoceroses combined pales in comparison to mosquito-caused deaths, which total around one million yearly.

Thankfully, many of the diseases spread by mosquitoes are not an issue in the United States, but these pests can still spread some diseases here that make people sick. West Nile virus is the most common mosquito-borne disease spread in the US, and others to watch for include dengue, chikungunya, and encephalitis. Most of these illnesses cause flu-like symptoms that you can recover from, but in rare instances, people can develop severe and life-threatening symptoms.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

There is usually one main culprit when it comes to an overabundance of mosquitoes on your property. That culprit is standing water. The amount of standing water mosquitoes need to breed can be extremely shallow. Even a quarter of an inch is sometimes enough to do the trick. If you have a lot of moisture on your property, whether in the form of a wet lawn, puddles that collect in your driveway, clogged gutters, or other areas where water can collect, you’re far more likely to have a mosquito problem.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

You can find mosquitoes almost anywhere. You’ll find them in your yard, and they’ll get into your house. Even if you have mosquito control to keep mosquitoes out of your yard, these pests can fly, so it’s only a matter of time before new ones find their way onto your property.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

The best way to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard is to have mosquito control treatments from Mantis Pest Solutions. Our treatments are eco-friendly and applied by trained professionals who know where to treat for the most effective results. Because mosquitoes can never be eliminated entirely, our Overland Park mosquito control service is a monthly service to keep your property as free of mosquitoes as possible all season long.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

If you want to know how to prevent mosquitoes in your yard, the best thing you can do is eliminate as much water as possible from your property. Get rid of bird baths, dump out buckets, toys, and plant pots that have collected rainwater, clean out your gutters, and fill in low spots on your driveway and lawn. Keeping your grass and plants trimmed also helps reduce moisture and allows more sun exposure to dry things out.

In addition to removing as much water as possible, contact Mantis Pest Solutions for mosquito control treatments. Your hard work and effective treatments will keep the mosquito population low on your property so you can enjoy your yard no matter the time of day.

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