What Are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are flying insects within the order Diptera. They have segmented bodies with one pair of wings, three pairs of long, hair-like legs, and elongated mouthparts. Mosquitoes range in size from about ⅜ to ½ an inch. Female mosquito mouthparts form long piercing-sucking proboscis. However, male mosquitoes do not have the ability to pierce the skin.
What Kind of Mosquitoes Are There In Utah?
There are approximately 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world; about 176 species of mosquitoes can be found in the United States. The most common species of mosquitoes found in Utah are:
Why Do I Have Mosquitoes In My Yard?
There are several reasons for a mosquito infestation in your yard. These pests could be swarming around your property because your yard has:
● Standing water. Mosquitoes spend 75% of their life cycle in water. They don’t need anything fancy to stay happy. Mosquitoes are perfectly content in birdbaths, pet bowls, trash can lids, flower pots, and more.
● Debris. Mosquitoes will stay in places where they can find shelter. These pests will set up shop in grass clippings, overgrown vegetation, stacks of sticks, piles of leaves, compost piles, and more.
● Clogged drains are the perfect combination of moisture and debris. When drains go uncleaned for a while, debris will create blockages that hold water. This is an ideal location for mosquito infestation!
How Do Mosquitoes Get Inside My Utah Home?
Mosquitoes can easily enter houses through a broken window, door screens, holes in the foundation, exhaust vents, and more. Mosquitoes enter your home for the same reason they’re spending time in your yard: you have shelter and standing water. House plants, leaking pipes, and toilets can all be used as breeding grounds.
Why Are Mosquitoes A Problem?
Not only are mosquitoes a total nuisance that cause itchy bumps when they sting, they can also carry diseases that are harmful to humans. On top of that, a few of the diseases they transmit can afflict dogs including heart worms and West Nile virus. This is why it’s important to get a mosquito pest infestation taken care of right away!
How Can Advantage Pest & Lawn Control My Mosquito Problem?
Advantage Pest & Lawn offers a 1-time treatment (usually for an event) or ongoing seasonal treatments. Our seasonal treatments are performed regularly, generally scheduled every 3 weeks.
To rid your space of mosquitoes, we apply a residual insecticide to lawn, shrubs, and all other low foliage throughout the entire property. Treatment should be done 1 to 5 days before a special event. Moderate rain does not affect the treatment.
To prepare for mosquito treatment, make sure your yard is free of toys, pet dishes, hanging laundry, and other items. You can return to the lawn area once it’s dried, which usually takes about 4 hours–however, it may be longer depending on length of grass, humidity, amount of sunlight the lawn is exposed to, and other weather factors.
How Does Mosquito Control Treatments Work?
● Identifying and removing breeding sites. If your property has a particularly significant mosquito problem, chances are it’s because mosquitoes are breeding and laying eggs on site. Our technicians will identify and remove these sites.
● Treating harborage sites. Mosquitoes feed on blood and drink nectar and moisture as well. They love spaces where they can stay hydrated and cool. Our technician will apply the residual insecticide to the harborage and resting sites.
Unlike DIY methods, Advantage Pest & Lawn doesn’t just kill the mosquitoes occupying your property. We address the reasons why mosquitoes keep coming back and also help the owner to proactively reduce conductive conditions.