Mosquitoes are pesky creatures that find a way into homes, pool parties, cookouts, and just about any other summer activity. At times, they can seem impossible to get rid of, acting as a constant nuisance in the warmer parts of the year. Furthermore, mosquitoes are more than just annoying, they carry diseases that can be extremely dangerous if one is bitten. The problem is not only limited to humans, the little insects can even cause heartworms in beloved pets. Therefore, it is important to know what you can do to minimize the impact of mosquitoes in your life this summer.
1. Minimize standing water around your home– Mosquitoes are naturally attracted to water sources, and while it may be difficult to eliminate water in your yard entirely, preventing standing water in the area around doors and windows can help drastically.
2. Trim your bushes– As lovely as the bushes around your home may look, they can serve as the perfect place for mosquitoes to lay eggs. Prevent this from happening by keeping the bushes short and manageable.
3. Use Bug Spray– This seems obvious, but in the summer it is important that you spray yourself with mosquito repellent. Bug Spray can help to minimize your chances of getting bitten while enjoying outdoor activities.
4. Protect your Pets– Everyone loves their pets, keep your furry friends on heartworm medication and give them shelter from mosquitoes in the hot summer months.
Mosquitoes are pesky, but you can limit the impact these little bugs have on your life and protect your home and family. For more information on mosquito protection, as well as other pest control, visit AJB Pest and Termite.
While summer is a favorite time of the year for camping, swimming, and other outdoor activities; it is also the favorite time of year for the mosquito! Mosquitoes are pesky insects that carry diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, and encephalitis. These insects can cause painful, itchy bites. Some people are very allergic to mosquito bites and can have severe reactions requiring medical attention.
What is the best way to protect yourself from mosquito bites? Avoiding mosquitos and the places where they live and the breed is one way. Never leave standing water around, this encourages the breeding of the mosquitoes. Keep your home and outdoor structures in good repair, making sure you have a proper screening on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out.
Avoiding mosquitoes doesn’t always work. They find their way into your home, patio and surrounding outdoor areas. For repellents, DEET contains the best protection, with products containing 20 to 30 percent DEET providing the most effective protection. Make sure to use according to directions. Inhaling the repellent or getting close to your eyes or mouth can be very harmful.
Picaridin is another effective repellent found is some products but without the same sticky texture as products containing DEET. You can also use lemon oil, but this doesn’t seem to be quite as effective. However, if you do not want to use chemical-based repellents, you could try this. Some people claim that the citronella plant naturally repels mosquitoes. You can rub the plant’s leaves on your skin or grow these plants on your patio to keep mosquitoes away. Wearing long-sleeves and pants offers some protection against mosquito bites as well.
If someone who is allergic to mosquito bites is bitten, get medical help immediately. Severe swelling and difficulty in breathing can occur without proper medical attention. For most people, washing the area with mild soap and water is sufficient. You can apply a cold pack to relieve swelling and use hydrocortisone cream for the itching. If the bite is painful, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to ease the pain. Antihistamines such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton can help with allergy symptoms resulting from mosquito bites.
AJB Pest & Termite has a strategy to help you keep mosquitos today! Our philosophy is to provide a barrier around your home or office which will control pests from invading your space indoors. Contact us to discuss our treatment methods.
Zika is the buzzword when it comes to those buzzing pests, mosquitoes, especially if you live in the southern Gulf Coast regions of the U.S. But regardless of where you live in America, mosquitoes are pests that can create a variety of health problems.
- Carriers of Dirofilaria immitis (heartworms), that affect dogs and cats.
- Transmitters of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), that affects horses.
- Transmits LaCrosse Encephalitis (LAC) which affects humans, usually through small mammal hosts.
- A carrier of West Nile virus (WNV) that transmits directly to birds and humans.
It is hard to imagine but worldwide, mosquitoes are responsible for more than one million deaths annually. The majority of those cases involve mosquito-related diseases that cause fatal cases of encephalitis. Although most people only experience the typical itchy, skin irritation related to mosquito bites, one never knows until symptoms show up if a local mosquito population is carrying a dangerous infectious disease.
The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following measures for protecting yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses:
- Use insect repellent when outdoors,
- If travelling overseas to areas where mosquito-borne illnesses like Malaria are common, consult with your physician to see if any vaccines are available.
- Wear long sleeves and pants during peak hours of mosquito activity when outdoors.
- Eliminate outdoor mosquito habitats such as anything that holds standing water or low areas that pool water.
- Have your home and outdoor areas treated by professional pest exterminators.
For more information on how to minimize your mosquito risk, please contact us. Our skilled pest control technicians are dedicated to the mission of helping our clients live pest-free.