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Why You Don't Want Mosquitoes On Your Property

May 28, 2014


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Mosquitoes are awful little pests. Time spent outdoors can be ruined by these little blood suckers because they will whizz and whirr around your ears and then use you as their next blood meal. A mosquito bite can be painful; for some people, these bites itch like crazy and can even turn into a large red and swollen lump. These people tend to be especially susceptible to the bite of the mosquito.

Unfortunately, everyone is susceptible to the diseases spread by these awful pests. If you do a search online for mosquitoes, you’ll learn something quite scary- mosquitoes are the most dangerous animal on earth. It seems kinda crazy that title doesn’t belong to the hippo, the lion or to the bear, but it’s true. Mosquitoes kill more people annually than any other animals. How do they do it? Through the transmission of diseases like yellow fever, dengue fever, malaria and tularemia, among others.

The Asian tiger mosquito is one type of mosquito that we encounter in Indianapolis. This mosquito is an aggressive daytime biter that has very distinctive markings. If you’ve ever looked closely at a mosquito as it landed on your arm, you probably noticed the distinctive shiny black scales and silver or white bands that they have on their legs. They are only about ¼ of an inch long, but these tiny insects can still deliver a painful and itchy bite along with many diseases.

If you plan to spend any time outdoors this summer, now would be a good time to start thinking about backyard mosquito control. Yes, you can stock up on the citronella candles for your deck and the bug spray for your family, but there are other things you can do too!

Here are our Indianapolis mosquito control tips from the Indianapolis pest control professionals at Action Pest Control.

  • Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, removing areas of standing water on your property can reduce the number of mosquitoes you encounter. Mosquitoes will breed in both natural and artificial receptacles, so it is necessary to take a close look at your property. Fill in any holes that are collecting water and dump out any containers that may have collected water.

  • Keep your grass cut short. Not only is this good for the grass, but it can help eliminate hiding areas for mosquitoes that are out during the hotter parts of the day.

  • Make sure you repair window or door screens so that mosquitoes cannot get through them. Holes or tears in screens are easily accessed by mosquitoes looking to feed on your blood.

If you want to get rid of mosquitoes on your property and you’re ready to bring in the big guys, the pros at Action offer effective backyard mosquito services to reduce mosquito populations. Contact us today to learn more about these services and to schedule your first appointment with our mosquito management professionals.




 

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