Backyard bug control is essential to a summer outdoors in Kansas. Mosquito bites are not only uncomfortable, they can be unsightly and unsanitary.
There are about 170 different kinds of mosquitoes in North America alone. Best known as a summer pest, they can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days. Mosquitoes are the number one “animal” killer of humans, causing an average of 750,000 deaths a year. The majority of those deaths are from Malaria. Mosquitoes carry other dangerous diseases like Zika Virus and West Nile Virus.
Female mosquitoes feed on plant nectar and blood. They need the protein to reproduce. To get to the blood, they pierce our skin with their “proboscis” and suck our blood. Male mosquitoes feed only on plant nectar. Mosquitoes are busiest at night and will fly up to 14 miles for a blood meal. They hunt for food by detecting body heat and Carbon Dioxide, the gas we breathe out.
Here’s what you can do to prevent mosquitoes:
- Eliminate containers of standing water from your property.
- Remove debris from gutters.
- Cover or empty swimming pools when not in use.
- Add citronella candles to your outdoor spaces.
- Wear light colored clothing. Mosquitoes are attracted to higher body temperatures and dark clothing gets warmer faster.
- Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin anytime you’re outside.
- Invest in our Fight the Bite yard treatment.
Fight against mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, and ticks from ever taking place with our season-long Fight the Bite treatment program. It’s designed to treat a wide-range of pesky critters before they have a chance to chomp down on you or your loved ones. Whether you want a season-long treatment or a one-time treatment to ensure you’re covered before your big barbecue, Fight the Bite is an easy and low-cost mosquito prevention solution.
Add Fight the Bite treatments to any program for $199+ tax through the month of May.
Download our free DIY guide to learn more about mosquito prevention and treatments or schedule a free pest evaluation today!