The Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Oklahoma City Property

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The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University recently reported that more than 60 different mosquito species now exist statewide. Mosquitoes are flying insects that rarely exceed ½ of an inch in length that is a common source of aggravation, particularly among those participating in outdoor activities. These pests are most active between the warmer months of March and November when the first frost occurs. Mosquitoes typically feed on plant juices, nectar, and other types of material found in nature; however, females will bite humans and break the skin to feed on their blood. The blood allows the female to maintain sufficient levels of protein necessary for creating eggs needed to reproduce. Adult male mosquitoes do not feed on blood.

The Potential Dangers Of Mosquitoes

As mosquitoes travel across hosts, they can spread harmful illnesses such as the Zika virus, encephalitis, and tularemia. In many cases, people will develop very harmful effects after being bitten and may require prompt medical attention. Most people will develop itchy, red, and irritated skin after being bitten.

The Life Cycle Of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes develop through three stages as an egg, larva, and pupa before reaching adulthood. Most species lay their eggs in standing water areas, and the females can generate dozens at a time. The overall development cycle of mosquitoes typically takes 8 to 10 days but may vary depending on the species. 

Best Practices For Deterring And Limiting Mosquitoes

Although mosquitoes may travel indoors through open windows or doors, they tend to be outdoor pests mostly. The following are some methods to keep them out:

  • You can reduce the possibility of being bitten by mosquitoes by applying a DEET-based insect repellant to the skin, or covering it with long sleeves.
  • During the warmer months, avoid outdoor activity during dusk and dawn when these pests are most active. 
  • Routinely clean gutters and downspouts to keep water flowing away from the property and promptly repair leaking spigots.
  • Remove any buckets, pots, old tires, or other items that create pools of standing water where mosquito eggs can develop. 
  • Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins placed outside to prevent water from accumulating.

Importance Of Hiring Licensed Professionals

Some property owners that initially detect a potential pest-related problem underestimate how many of these unwanted critters can rapidly expand from a somewhat minor concern to a significant infestation. Others will attempt to oust pests using remedies primarily based on folklore or store-bought do-it-yourself treatments ineffective or only create quick results. 
Many consumer products marketed today, such as aerosol sprays, bait systems, and granular compounds, are over-hyped and might contain harmful chemicals to people and the environment. By promptly contacting a certified exterminator, safety concerns are alleviated, and high-quality results are likely. 

Experienced Pest Control Company In Oklahoma City

Residential, commercial, and industrial customers in this region have relied on the Guaranteed Pest Service of Oklahoma for many years now. Our technicians’ seasoned team adheres to an established process that involves a thorough inspection, the latest treatment options, and proper follow-up. We have the tools and knowledge needed to quickly eradicate mosquitoes, termites, rodents, and many other troublesome pests. 
Our representatives are now offering 24-hour services for those in need of a fast response. We have also implemented several options for year-round protection with plans that involve monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual treatment visits that will prevent pest control problems. Contact us today for a no-obligation inspection and free estimate. 

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