The Mosquito FightIn Winter on April 17, 2017 at 4:26 pm | Written by admin
Mosquitoes pose a major risk to your family’s safety as well as the public in general.
These insects are “vectors” for many diseases, meaning they can help spread deadly viruses to humans, including West Nile, Zika, malaria, and dengue. Aside from those major concerns, biting mosquitoes lead to itchy skin, swelling and additional complications.
To protect against mosquitoes, there are steps you can take to keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe. As your local pest control company, we did our research and compiled a list that provides some great ideas on how to eliminate mosquitoes!
When taken action against mosquitoes, personal protection is key!
- Use Repellents – Deet and other insect repellents do work! The CDC says their use is one of the most effective mosquito repelling tactics you can implement.
- Avoid Alcohol – Drinking beer and other alcohol appears to attract more mosquitoes according to the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. If you want to stay bite-free, don’t indulge before going outside.
- Avoid Peak Mosquito Hours – When you’re trying to prevent mosquito bites, a simple tactic is to avoid being active when they’re most active. For most mosquitoes, that’s within a few hours before and after dawn and dusk.
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Your pets might be suffering just like you! Handling mosquito control for pets is easy when done in conjunction with your own efforts.
- Apply Topical Treatments – Many topical treatments are available for your pets that provide protection from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Use these as directed by the manufacturer and continue the treatments throughout the year. Fido will surely thank you!
- Staying indoors – Another mosquito protection for your pets is to just keep them inside where they aren’t exposed to mosquitoes. If that’s impossible, then only take your pet out in the hours around noontime, when mosquitoes are least active. Not the easy of solutions we know, but for the sake of your pet keep it in mind.
- Watch the Weather – Remember that mosquitoes have a hard time flying when it’s raining or in breezy conditions, so take advantage of those opportunities to take your pet outside.
Mosquitoes will find any possibility to enter your home and feed off you and your family. Keep them at bay with these tips!
- Keep Doors and Windows Closed – Keep these pests out by making sure your doors and windows are closed! Check for gaps around them that could let a mosquito inside. Easily done when there is AC in the house.
- Fix Screens – Regularly check those screens for tears and rips that could allow mosquitoes into your house. Repairing them is a very simple task. The best solution for its hot in the house and need some sort of breeze to cool down.
- Buy Citronella Candles – Citronella candles can be hit or miss. The scents they produce do repel mosquitoes, but if the wind direction changes the mosquitoes may return. Tiki torches are another great option!
Related: Year Round Pest Control
Your is might be mosquito heaven, depending on your decor. Here are some tips to limit mosquito breeding sites.
- Eliminate Standing Water – Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so it’s important to limit these sites. Dump water that collects in flower pots, toys, tires, tarps, trays and gutters. Don’t forget to change the water in fountains and bird baths on the regular.
- Trim Tall Grasses – Tall grass and thick vegetation provide protective cover for mosquitoes during the heat of the day. By eliminating these mosquito-friendly plants form your yard, you can make mosquitoes fly farther for this protection.
- Hire a Professional – Fogging and misters can temporarily act as a mosquito repellent, but Green T utilizes pesticide methods to help prevent breed and the infiltration of mosquitoes. Green T Pest control applies mosquito repellent around the base of your home and three feet up and out from home to form a protective barrier.