Avoid the Bite: Managing Mosquitoes in Des Moines, Ankeny and Ames

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As the weather is warming up in the Des Moines metro area, people enjoy spending more and more time outside. Unfortunately, with that warmer, summer weather often comes one of the most annoying pests: mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes, or Culicidae, can be found nearly anywhere on earth. In the Des Moines, Altoona, and Ankeny areas, we notice them the most in the hot, summer months because mosquitoes favor warm, moist weather. The heat paired with the rain we experience each summer provides a perfect breeding ground for these pesky bugs.

Dangers of Iowa Mosquitoes

Though most people get annoyed with the itchy mosquito bites, an allergic reaction to mosquito saliva, the pests have the ability to carry a variety of harmful viruses. Mosquitoes can be hosts for diseases like yellow fever, malaria, and West Nile virus. These diseases are serious and left untreated can be fatal.

Protect Your Property from Mosquitoes

In general, the best way to protect your property from mosquito infestation is to prevent standing water and eliminate thick brush. By removing containers from your yard that may hold water and properly chlorinating any pools, you can reduce the breeding space that the mosquitoes have. Clearing thick brush can also eliminate their inhabiting space. Even with all of these safeguards in place, it can still be difficult to completely eradicate mosquitoes from your property.

Miller Pest Control Mosquito Treatment

Fortunately, Miller Pest Control has pest management solutions designed specifically for pesky mosquitoes. We will visit both residential and commercial properties in the Des Moines, Ankeny, and Altoona areas to meet your mosquito control needs. Whether providing ongoing service or one a one-time treatment, we have a solution for you.

Mosquitoes in Iowa

For optimal mosquito treatment and protection, we recommend the treatment of your property every three weeks. The mosquito population in Iowa is highest during the months of May through September, so treating often during this time period can be highly effective. We will focus on the areas of your property that are highly susceptible to mosquito inhabitation. This includes, but is not limited to, heavily wooded areas, thick brush, and bodies of water. This type of regular pest control will protect both your family and pets by reducing the mosquito and tick population by nearly 90 percent.

We also offer mosquito fogging for added, one-time treatments. This is ideal prior to an outdoor event like a wedding, party, or barbeque. The treatment takes place about one to two days before your event and will help to eliminate mosquitoes from your outdoor area. Even after rain, the treatment is still highly effective. We want you and your guests have an enjoyable, comfortable, and safe experience.

Miller Pest control’s Des Moines area pest control services are simple, effective, and affordable. We provide our mosquito removal services whether you’re home or not, so there’s no need to plan your day around our treatment services. It’s our goal to make protection from pests as easy and simple as possible.