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How Do You Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Yard?

How Do You Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Yard?

Mosquitoes are a pest that no one likes to deal with, especially when you are trying to enjoy your time outside. They dole out painful, itchy bites, and those bites can also come with harmful diseases with undesirable side effects, such as West Nile virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

These pesky insects can ruin a fun time outside pretty quickly, so how can you get rid of them to be able to enjoy your outdoor living space? Here are some of our tips to get rid of mosquitoes in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, and other cities in central Iowa.

1. Use our mosquito control service.

A mosquito biting a person's arm near Des Moines, IA.

Starting in late April to early May, we begin applying routine mosquito control treatments. These are applied every 5-6 weeks for a total of four treatments during mosquito season. Our teams use a backpack fogger to distribute the product. We spray around the entire perimeter of your home or business, as well as any shaded or dark landscaped areas. If you have any standing water or bodies of water on your property, we will cover those areas as well.

Need extra treatments? Talk to our pest control professionals about scheduling more.

2. Have us install plants that naturally repel mosquitoes.

Another way to repel mosquitoes is to install plants in your landscaping and around your building that naturally deter them. As an added bonus, many of these plants are incredibly beautiful and/or give off a pleasant scent for humans, such as:

  • Lavender
  • ...
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The Importance of Mosquito Control for Your Property

The Importance of Mosquito Control for Your Property

During the summer months, we like to enjoy our front and back yards as much as possible. But the constant presence of common, annoying pests such as mosquitoes can make that difficult. Keeping these pests at bay is important for a number of reasons.

Here is why you should consider using a mosquito control program for your home in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, and other central Iowa areas.

Mosquitoes Transmit Diseases Such as West Nile Virus & Encephalitis

Mosquito bites alone are painful and itchy, but those bites can come with further complications that can lead to a hefty medical bill. Mosquito control for your property is necessary in order to mitigate the risks that come from mosquito bites. These pests can transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus, Zika virus, and encephalitis.

West Nile Virus may not become severe when it is contracted, but in severe cases, symptoms such as headaches, seizures, and tremors can happen. Encephalitis is also rare but symptoms include fever, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, and more. Zika virus is mild in most people, but if a pregnant woman were to catch it, it could greatly affect the growing fetus and cause birth defects.

Areas Where Mosquitoes Breed & Multiply in Your Yard

This mosquito is resting on a leaf of a West Des Moines, IA yard.

There are some areas where mosquitoes are known to breed and then multiply, and there are plenty of those areas in your central Iowa yard. One of the most common places to find mosquitoes is in...

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The Dangers of Letting Mosquitoes, Ticks, & Fleas Stay in Your Yard

The Dangers of Letting Mosquitoes, Ticks, & Fleas Stay in Your Yard

Caring for your lawn takes a lot of time and maintenance. From mowing and mulching to trimming and edging, something always needs to be done. One of the last things homeowners think about is the pests that slowly but surely enter lawns.

Mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas are some of the most common lawn pests that can be found on your property, and they pose some of the biggest threats to you, your family, and your domestic animals.

Lawn Pests & The Diseases They Can Cause

Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are common threats that pack a big punch in the disease department. One bite from any of them can transmit a number of diseases to both humans and animals.

Fleas on a dog's skin can cause other issues like diseases in West Des Moines.


During early fall, fleas are the most active in the Des Moines region of Iowa. Flea infestations in your yard are just a stone's throw away from being a flea infestation in your home. The most common diseases transmitted directly from fleas to people include:

  • Tularemia
  • Bubonic Plague
  • Murine Typhus
  • Allergies (from flea saliva)


The American Dog tick, Lone Star tick, and Deer tick (Blacklegged tick) are the most common species of ticks found in IA. They are most active between April and September and prefer areas that are heavily woody, bushy, or contain tall grassy areas.

Ticks are carriers of a large list of diseases. If you ever find a tick on your skin or notice a tick bite, make sure to identify the tick and monitor for signs and symptoms of a...

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