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The Deadliest Animal on Earth? - Mosquitoes

Spray for mosquitoes in Edmond, OK

It’s stunning to think that the little, noisy pests buzzing around your back yard are responsible for more deaths than any other animal in the world, but it’s true. Mosquitoes in Oklahoma can carry and transmit a number of diseases, including West Nile Virus, several variants of encephalitis and even heartworms in dogs. The risk of contracting a disease from mosquitoes in Oklahoma is very low, but the likelihood that they will disrupt an outdoor event and leave you with a few itchy bites is almost certain.

Mosquitoes need a water source to breed, and with the rainfall we’ve seen recently in Oklahoma, there are plenty of areas for mosquitoes to populate. Though their wings beat over three hundred times per second, they only fly one to two miles per hour, which explains why they are such a noisy, persistent pest.

And what attracts these little pests? Breathing. Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away, letting them know a potential food source is nearby. While insect repellant, citronella candles and other remedies may keep some of them away, professional treatments are the only way to completely rid your property of them. Call OKC Mosquito Militia in Edmond, OK, to learn how you can keep these notoriously bothersome and surprisingly deadly pests off your property.