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Know the Enemy: The Mosquito

This is Texas, which means each and every one of you knows the nuisance of a mosquito bite. Every time you step outside to barbecue dinner, relax in the sun, or watch your kids play on the lawn, you’re entering a battle with a persistent, tiny nemesis: the mosquito. However, as The Art of War author Sun Tzu wrote, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”

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The word mosquito is Spanish for “little fly,” which is exactly what these pests are: small, midge-like flies. Female mosquitoes are the ones responsible for bites, as they are ectoparasites that consume blood for breeding purposes. When a female mosquito bites you, she stabs two tubes into your skin: one to inject a blood-clotting enzyme and another to suck your blood into her body.

Around the world, there are 3,000 different mosquito species, however, three are responsible for the spread of disease amongst humans: the Anopheles mosquito (malaria, elephantiasis and encephalitis), the Culex mosquito (encephalitis, filariasis, and the West Nile virus), and the Aedes mosquito (yellow fever, dengue, and encephalitis). Aedes mosquitoes are all the nasty buggers responsible for the spread of the Zika virus.

Most importantly, you should know that mosquitoes are a much bigger problem in 2016 than they were in previous years, particularly in and around Plano, McKinney, Frisco, and Allen. In February, The Dallas Morning News reported, “The state’s top public health official is encouraging local counterparts to be ready to begin close-up spraying of possible mosquito-breeding grounds as a way to stave off a widespread outbreak of the Zika virus infection in Texas.”

The best way to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes is with a control package that targets breeding grounds and repels these blood suckers for up to 30 days at a time. Make your yard family-friendly and request a quote from us today to learn how effectively our mosquito control package is at eliminating the threat of these disease-spreading annoyances.



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