Mosquitoes

What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are tiny pests that have a knack for ruining any time that we try to spend outside. Whether you are throwing a dinner party, a pool party, trying to garden, or reading a book on the deck, mosquitoes and their painful bites will ruin your good time! Mosquitoes live and swarm together, and once they have identified you as a target will bite relentlessly.

Mosquitoes are small fly-like creatures that we usually hear buzzing around us before we actually see them. Though we can squish mosquitoes with the swat of a newspaper, the diseases they spread during the feeding process makes them one of the world’s most dangerous creatures!

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Female mosquitoes bite people to feed on their blood, leaving behind red, itchy welts. They have an elongated mouthpart (proboscis) used for feeding both on blood and their primary food sources: plant nectar and sweet liquids.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Carriers of pathogens and parasites that make people and our pets ill, mosquitoes are nothing but dangerous. Mosquitoes spread West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, encephalitis, and tularemia in the United States. The bites they deliver not only have the potential to be disease-ridden but also cause itchy welts. Excessive itching at the bite sites may cause an infection and require medical attention. Mosquitoes also spread parasitic heartworms to dogs and cats — a serious and potentially fatal problem. Keeping mosquitoes off our properties is important to both our health and our pets’ health.

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in areas of standing water, and their larvae develop there. It is safe to say you will have problems with mosquitoes if you have any standing water on your property.

Mosquitoes are most active in Nebraska when our weather is hot and humid from March through November. Things like tall grass, overgrown shrubbery, and shady areas also attract mosquitoes. These are places mosquitoes like to rest during the middle of the day.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

Stagnant water that collects in artificial or man-made containers is where you find large numbers of mosquitoes. Most mosquitoes will stay fairly close to where they hatch. So, if you have standing water near your property, there will be mosquitoes buzzing nearby.

If not appropriately maintained (regularly emptied and re-filled), things in our yards containing standing water like birdbaths, pet water dishes, clogged rain gutters, and wading pools act as mosquito breeding sites. Buckets, flowerpots, trash cans, and tarps are other spots where stagnant water collects and mosquitoes lay their eggs.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

Reduce the number of mosquitoes living and breeding on your property with the help of Beeline Pest Control professionals. We will partner with you and provide the routine services needed to reduce the number of adult mosquitoes, eggs, and larvae on your residential or commercial property.

Working around your schedule, not the other way around, Beeline Pest Control is the best choice to solve your property’s mosquito issues! To learn more about our mosquito control services, or to receive a free quote, reach out today.

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Prevent mosquitoes from becoming a big problem in your Omaha area yard or home using the following prevention tips:

  • Keep hedges and shrubs pruned.
  • Mow the grass at least once a week.
  • Attract fewer mosquitoes to your yard by removing standing water.
  • Regularly clean out gutters and downspouts to prevent water from collecting in them.
  • Treat water features in your yard and make sure the water is continuously circulating in them.
  • Mosquitoes are weak flyers; use outdoor fans to keep them away from decks and other outdoor seating areas.
  • Keep wading pools and other containers turned over when you're not using them.

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