Battling Mosquitoes – Steps To Keep These Little Bloodsuckers Away!

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Mosquitoes may be small, but they can be deadly. Mosquito bites transmit several diseases including malaria and the Zika virus. The World Health Organization estimates that one million people die from mosquito bites every year. More than 100 countries have experienced an instance of some type of mosquito born virus. These countries comprise more than 50 percent of the world’s population and include countries in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. There are effective ways to reduce the mosquito population and also ways to prevent them from biting.

Mosquitoes like water. They breed in warm, wet environments and especially like stagnant water. When it rains, water collects in many places. While we may notice water standing in a puddle on our driveway or sidewalk, we may not think about the empty flowerpot sitting on the deck or the trashcan lid that flew off during the storm. These are perfect places for water to collect and if they are not emptied immediately following the rain, mosquitoes will find this water and the race is on.

Female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs in just an inch of water. These eggs grow into adults within fourteen days, sometimes faster depending on the weather. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help prevent this from happening.

First, keep the gutters on your home clear of debris. This allows water to properly drain and eliminates one of the primary sources for standing water.

Also, empty containers that may be holding standing water. These may include grill covers, flower pots, toys, and anything that can collect even a small amount of water. Turn them over and let them completely dry. Then store them out of the weather.

 

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If you live in an area prone to a large mosquito population, try and stay indoors, especially around dawn and dusk. If you need to go outside, wear long sleeves and long pants and put on insect repellent.

You may also want to treat your lawn and around your house with some type of mosquito pesticide. There are several products available that are safe, environmentally safe and very effective. Just be careful if you have pets or small children and keep them away from the treated area until it is completely dry.

Also avoid perfume or fragranced lotions, hair products, and even laundry detergent. These aromas can attract mosquitoes. Follow these steps to help prevent a mosquito infestation from ruining your summer activities. We want to give a special thanks to our friends at Tyler Rid X, pest control Tyler Tx for contributing to our blog.