Summertime is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, whether it is attending a ball game, going for a hike, or relaxing on your patio. All of those places share a few things in common; they are fun ways to spend your leisure hours and they put you at some risk of being bitten by a mosquito. No matter what part of the country you live in, and no matter if you live in the city or out in the country, mosquitoes will surely be around this summer. Nearly all female mosquitoes need blood in order to produce eggs and they are willing to risk your swats in order to get it! Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and never bite humans or animals.
Since they are so small and pesky, it’s easy to forget that worldwide, mosquitoes are by far the most dangerous and deadly animals. Sharks, lions, tigers, bears, and snakes all pale in comparison to this tiny insect. Fortunately for us here, the worst mosquito-borne diseases (malaria, yellow fever, and dengue fever) are not present.That doesn’t mean, however, that mosquitoes aren’t more than just a nuisance. St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile virus can be significant threats to the health of you and your family. According to the CDC, there were over 1,100 reported cases of West Nile virus and 44 deaths in 2013. There are two simple ways to protect yourself from these biting flies, and the first is to eliminate breeding sources on your property. Mosquitoes require water in order to develop into adulthood because larvae are aquatic. One of the most challenging aspects of mosquito management is that larvae don’t require very much of it at all; less than a half of an inch is enough for some species to develop normally. The key is to not let any water stagnate on your property so keep your eye out for empty pots, bottles, barrels, bird-baths, or other vessels that might hold water. Tip over any water containing items regularly to prevent larvae from making it to adulthood. The next step in protecting yourself is to guard against bites by covering exposed skin with clothing and by applying mosquito repellent when you know you will be outdoors. There are several types of mosquito repellents available and many of them are quite effective and are tailored to specific uses (long-term protection, sport, etc.). If you are finding mosquitoes in your home, make sure your doors and windows are kept closed and are properly sealed. While you can prevent mosquitoes from breeding on your property, mosquitoes have the ability to travel significant distances and you can’t control your neighbors!
Call us today at 919-845-3438 or visit us online at www.ArrestAPestNC.com and we can help protect your family by treating surfaces on which mosquitoes commonly rest.