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Guest or Pest: Praying Mantis

Dec 01, 2023

Praying Mantis

What is a Praying Mantis?

This distinct-looking insect can be found in many regions of the world, including North America. It has excellent vision and can turn its alien-like head all the way around–a full 180 degrees! Depending on the species, a praying mantis will have a green or brown body, cleverly evolved to camouflage itself in its ecosystem. All of these traits make the praying mantis an adept hunter, patiently waiting to ambush its prey and then striking with its strong front legs and sharp mouth.

Guest or Pest?

The praying mantis is known to be a symbol of good luck and fortune, and that goes for your garden too! The praying mantis is a beneficial insect, consuming other insects, spiders, flies, worms, and moths. It also provides a food source to other animals, including birds and spiders. If you spot a praying mantis in your area, it might be a sign of a flourishing ecosystem.


Just be a little careful about accidentally bringing them into your home. Praying mantises and their eggs are known to hitch a ride inside on real christmas trees, along with some other pests. If you’re a lover of real holiday trees, just make sure to give yours a quick inspection.

Eliminate Pests with Mosquito Hero

While a praying mantis might be good luck, they aren’t the only pest in town. When it comes to dangerous ticks and mosquitoes, you can reclaim your outdoor space with Mosquito Hero. Our mosquito control services give you custom, targeted control and monthly service from a trained professional, effectively reducing the mosquito population in your yard. And our tick control service aims to eliminate these pests from your property and prevent further tick activity.


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