Are Mosquitoes In Kittitas County Giving You A Hard Time?

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Every spring and summer, mosquitoes invade backyards all across Kittitas County. These annoying pests can make any outdoor activity unpleasant, with their constant buzzing and itchy, painful bites. While it may seem like there's little you can do to keep mosquitoes at bay, enlisting the help of professional pest control in Kittitas County can keep your yard mosquito-free. Prosite provides safe, effective mosquito control services so you can take back your yard from these annoying and dangerous pests.

Why Do We Need Mosquitoes?

As hard as this may be to believe, living in a world without mosquitoes would actually do more to negatively impact our ecological situation than improve it. Of course, you want to do everything in your power to get rid of mosquitoes in order to live, work, and play comfortably without being bitten. But overall, having no mosquitoes at all would actually do more harm than good. Mosquitoes act as:

  • Pollinators: Mosquitoes assist in plant diversity.
  • Waste removers: Mosquito larvae feed off fungus, parasites, algae, and other microorganisms.
  • Useful to the medical industry: Their saliva contains chemicals that can stop our blood from clotting.
  • Rainforest gatekeepers: Their numbers have made tropical environments uninhabitable as well as unbearable for humans to set up shop.
  • A food source: High in protein, mosquitoes make a tasty snack for a wide range of species, acting as an important food source for a variety of animals. 

Additionally, the frass that mosquito larvae produce provides an abundance of nutrients to plants, which can easily absorb those nutrients directly into their root systems.

A Brief History Of Mosquito Control 

Dating all the way back to 1867, a farmer discovered that kerosene could kill mosquitoes in water troughs, which led to the widespread use of this chemical substance throughout the United States. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, better known by its nickname, DDT, was introduced by a Swiss scientist in 1939. Although highly effective in controlling mosquitoes, as well as reducing malaria, it was determined in the 1960s that DDT was negatively affecting the food chain, and ultimately, causing illness in humans. Therefore, by 1972, the USDA designated DDT as a carcinogen and banned its use in the U.S.

Why Do Mosquitoes Need Blood To Live

Only female mosquitoes bite and draw blood for reproduction. Males do not bite and only consume plant sap, water, and flower nectar, which females also feed on. 
Female mosquitoes require your nutrient-dense blood, which is a great source of iron, proteins, and amino acids, in order to grow their eggs. 

The Key To Quality Mosquito Control

Let’s start with the bad news first: mosquitoes are difficult to eliminate. And unfortunately, a lot of the DIY methods you see online rarely yield the favorable results you’re seeking. Therefore, if a successful outcome is your goal, reach out to the professionals at Prosite. Contact us today for a consultation, and our experienced and knowledgeable team can put together a mosquito control plan that ensures you can enjoy your backyard again.