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Independence Pest Pressure

Blood-Feeding Pests
Many insects find their preferred habitats in Independence, MO, thanks to the city’s location near the Missouri River. Among the most problematic pests are those that feed on blood, such as:

Horse Flies
Horse flies live near rivers, lakes, and streams, making Independence a prime spot for activity. These large pests have sharp mouthparts that they use to cut skin and drink blood. Livestock and humans are common targets for a horse fly.

Another pest that prefers to live near water, mosquitoes present a health risk to residents of Independence. Some Missouri species carry West Nile virus, a disease that can infect the nervous system. To curb mosquito activity, drain pools of water in yards and check debris for accumulated rainwater.

Lone star, black-legged, and American dog ticks are common in Missouri due to the state’s warm summers. These pests need blood to complete each stage of their life cycle, so they often bite people and pets. A tick may even hitchhike into a home by latching onto fur or clothes. Their bites can spread serious illnesses, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Heartland virus.

Overwintering Pests
Independence encounters colder weather in fall and winter, so residents often deal with overwintering pests. The following insects rarely create damage, but they do annoy homeowners by gathering in large numbers:

Stink Bugs
Known for giving off a foul odor when crushed, brown marmorated stink bugs appear in living spaces when temperatures in Missouri start to drop. Outdoors, these pests can harm crops, but they don’t damage inside environments. However, property owners may find the insects’ presence or smell unpleasant.

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles
While searching for a place to spend the winter, Asian lady beetles infest the sun-exposed walls of Independence homes. Broken screens, open doors and windows, and cracks and gaps on the home’s exterior let them inside. Like stink bugs, Asian lady beetles may emit foul-smelling liquid when threatened.

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