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Mosquito Facts & Myths Every MN & WI Homeowner Should Know

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You can’t really win a war against your enemy until you know its secrets.

If your current weapon against mosquitos is slapping your arm, frantically waving your hands around in the air, and swearing, you need a new weapon.

Let’s load up on some mosquito facts, dispel some mosquito myths, and finally enjoy our backyards.

Mosquito Myth: All Mosquitoes Bite

Only female mosquitoes bite. Male mosquitoes prefer nectar and plant juices.

What’s up with that? Female mosquitoes use the protein from the blood they take to develop their eggs.

Lots of eggs. A single mosquito can lay as many as 300 eggs at a time on the surface of standing water.

And that one mosquito can lay eggs three or four times during her life.

We’ll save you the math — that means one mosquito can lay as many as 1,200 eggs.

No wonder you’re scratching all the time.

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Mosquito Myth: Mosquitoes Die After Biting

Nope. You’re thinking of honey bees. When they sting and lose their stinger, they instantly die.

But mosquitoes don’t die after biting. In fact, some can bite several times a night.

Mosquito Myth: Bug Zappers Attract Then Kill Mosquitoes

Actually, mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and water vapor in the breath of mammals, not the ultraviolet light of bug zappers. (More on this later.)

Now For Some Mosquito Facts

Take a look at what’s true about mosquitoes:

Mosquito Fact: Mosquitoes Are Weak Fliers

That's good news — it means they often rest on plants around your yard, where mosquito control treatments are sprayed.

Mosquito Fact: Mosquitoes Detect Your Breath As You Exhale

That carbon dioxide you exhale is how mosquitoes find you so fast. Unfortunately, holding your breath during your three-hour cookout isn’t an option.

Mosquito Fact: Mosquitos Love Shady, Damp Areas

Sunlight kills them, so they stay undercover until sunset. That’s more good news — it makes it easier to target where they hang out, and kill them there.

mosquito control in damp woods

Mosquito Fact: Mosquitoes Need Water to Breed and Survive

Get rid of areas where water accumulates. Lots of these spots could be lurking in your yard, creating the perfect mosquito breeding grounds: old tires; clogged gutters; buckets; wheelbarrows; empty flower pots.

Mosquito Fact: Mosquitoes Are Continually Reproducing

So there’s always a fresh batch that needs zapping. That’s why mosquito control treatments target them with regular visits every three weeks.

You’re Armed with Mosquito Facts: Now What?

Now you use those facts to get rid of the whiny biters. Targeting them where they live and breed is your best defense.

RainMaster’s barrier spray reduces mosquitoes on your property all season long, with regular visits every three weeks. There are six visits total, from spring through fall. (Remember, mosquitoes are continually reproducing, so there’s always a fresh batch that needs zapping.)

landscape professional spraying for mosquitoes

Technicians spray the perimeter of your yard, hitting the spots where mosquitoes lurk and breed:

  • Underneath plant leaves
  • Shady areas
  • Wet areas
  • Under decks
  • Low tree limbs
  • Wood piles

The results are immediate — a big reduction in mosquitoes. And, a bonus: RainMaster’s mosquito control reduces ticks, too.

While no mosquito control program offers 100 percent control, you absolutely will see a big reduction in mosquitoes and ticks.

The service starts at $539 for a year, based on the size of your yard, with regular applications every three weeks. The average customer spends about $600.

Mosquito Fact: Reduce Those Pests with RainMaster

It’s kind of amazing how something so small can be so annoying — and even deadly.

But the tiny mosquito can ruin your backyard barbecue, spoil your kids’ swing set fun, and even spread viruses that can send you to the hospital.

family plays in mosquito-free backyard

We’re big. They’re tiny. Yet this whiny summertime pest sends us running inside for cover when we just want to be outside, enjoying the beautiful summer evenings.

It’s time to take your yard back.

Get back in the garden, out to the grill, and on the swing set again

Are you ready to stop stressing about mosquitoes? Request a quote today! Then, you can get back to enjoying your yard, without all the swatting and scratching.

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Topics: Pest Control, Minneapolis, Eau Claire

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