Don’t let the miniscule size of a mosquito fool you of the damage they can do. This little critter has killed billions of people all throughout history and even changed the DNA of people who survived. With the planet warming up more and more every year, the mosquito count has also expanded. Bug bites, chigger bites, nipper bites, whatever bite it is, the intense itch that comes after a mosquito bite is unmistakable. Are there mosquitoes in Oklahoma, the short answer is yes! Understanding this species is the first step to help us beat this so-called “mosquito war”. With the dreaded mosquito season right around the corner, Priority Pest and Mosquito Solutions have just the right plan for you. But first, let’s discuss some of the basics about mosquitoes.
Oklahoma Mosquito Crash Course
What Are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are common flying insects that feed off of human and animal blood. Usually they leave a tiny, red, itchy bump where it ate, but it really depends on the kind of mosquito to determine the effects. There are over 3,000 different types of mosquitoes and each type is worse than the last.
Where Do They Come From?
Scientists have tracked the first reports of mosquitoes to South Africa and it is said that ancient mosquitoes were up to 3x the size of mosquitoes today–no thanks! Now, mosquitoes wreak havoc in almost every part of the world, including beautiful Oklahoma. The only exceptions to “everywhere” include Antarctica and some areas in Iceland. Do you think those inhabitants have ever felt the wrath of a mosquito?
What Are The Predators Of Mosquitoes?
Although mosquitoes seem like an annoying, pointless part of the ecosystem, they actually are crucial in keeping the balance. They serve as a meal for fish, birds, bats, frogs, etc. However, the mosquito predators are not really effective in reducing the mosquito population, except for around large bodies of water.
Was Count Dracula Actually An Oversized Mosquito?
We don’t really think Count Dracula was an oversized mosquito, but that would be funny, right? They both have fangs, and feed on human blood. The difference is, mosquitoes are more picky about their blood than vampires would be. According to the CDC, only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals in order to lay eggs, but male mosquitoes do not. Regardless of the reasoning, mosquitoes usually prefer type O blood over any other blood type. Research suggests many different reasons for this mosquito-meal-preference, but each step after a bite is essentially the same. If you get bitten by a mosquito then the next steps are to wash the area, maybe put some anti-itch cream on it, and slap a band-aid over it to help the urge to itch. The more you itch the bite, the higher chances it will become infected. If it doesn’t go away within a few days, then you might consider seeking medical attention.
Mosquito Prevention Tips and Tricks
Now that we know the answer to our question of: are there mosquitoes in Oklahoma, we come to our next question: how do we get rid of mosquitoes in Oklahoma. The first and most important step in getting rid of mosquitoes is to get ahead of them, meaning taking the proper precautions. Here at Priority Pest and Mosquito Solutions, we fully believe that mosquito prevention is the key. We have trained professionals that know exactly what to do when it comes to a mosquito infestation, but here are some other tips and tricks to get you started:
- Get rid of areas in your yard that hold standing water
- Clean clogged gutters
- Fill in low-lying areas
- Fill in hollow logs
- Repair cracks and leaks in your home’s foundation, windows, and doors
- Install bug lights
- Call Priority Pest and Mosquito Solutions to get a free estimate and we guarantee that one of our trained professionals will take care of you
Make Sure There Are No Mosquitoes In Oklahoma With Priority Pest & Mosquito Solutions
Well, maybe not across all of Oklahoma, but certainly at your residence. We have customizable plans that offer you the best mosquito spraying tactics as well as other pest control services. Living in Oklahoma for about 8 years now, we have had first hand experience with how comfortable mosquitoes are in the South. One of our main focuses, if you couldn’t tell by our company name, is to get rid of mosquitoes to the best of our ability. We hate mosquitoes as much as the next southerner, but the difference is, we are professionally trained in this area to rid your yard and life of mosquitoes.
Feel free to check out our other blogs that contain helpful tips, tricks, and other helpful information. While you’re here, we encourage you to also explore our website, send an email, or call/text us personally. We will ensure that all your questions not only about mosquitoes, but also pest control in general will be answered.
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