Homeowners across the Kansas City area are plagued by summer infestations of mosquitoes carrying a wide range of diseases. One of the most critical things Kansas City area residents can do at the change of seasons is to keep a lookout for mosquitos. They must remain alert regarding the mosquito population in their home, yard, and the surrounding areas. If you notice an abundance of mosquitoes in your neighborhood, then it’s time to take action.
While rats and fleas were major carriers and contributors to the plague in the Middle Ages, mosquitoes carrying malaria and other diseases are likely the leading cause of fatal infections today. No pest in history has been responsible for more deaths than mosquitos. The worst of them can carry yellow fever, bird flu, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever, West Nile virus, Zika virus, and more. Mosquitoes can transmit heartworms, which can be fatal to family pets. There are other diseases like malaria that are thought to have been eradicated. However, there is a constant threat of reemergence - especially since worldwide travel provides an opportunity for mosquitoes and other pests to enter the country.
If you have ever had mosquitoes in your room when you are trying to fall asleep, the eerie, high-pitched flight of these pests may be the only warning you get. Once they land, they can quickly penetrate the skin and begin feeding on your blood. Their bite may go unnoticed because it releases a chemical that delivers a local anesthetic, making it difficult for the victim to tell that they are being attacked until the mosquito is long gone. Once the mosquito is engorged and on her way, the bite area will often swell, become itchy, and may get infected. Now you’re uncomfortable and the offending mosquito is full, and on her way to breed somewhere in your house.
There are about 175 different species of mosquitos found in the United States, and the best of them are still blood-sucking irritants. When we arrive at your home, ZipZap Termite & Pest Control will conduct a thorough survey of the area to identify breeding locations. We will then use a combination of prevention and elimination - removing areas that can be mosquito breeding grounds and treating the immediate environment to get rid of these annoying insects. Since Kansas City’s climate provides such a rich habitat for mosquitoes, we recommend regular and ongoing treatments to ensure that you and your loved ones (including your dog or cat) stay safe.