Mosquitoes are the world’s most common and widely distributed disease-carrying insects. Preventing mosquito bites is the most effective way to avoid the most common illnesses spread by the insects. Mosquito control methods, such as installing screens on windows and removing standing water around the home, can help prevent mosquito infestations.
What to Know About Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in bodies of stagnant water, such as ponds, birdbaths or even children’s pools. The eggs hatch in the water, and live there for a period of time before reaching adulthood. Mosquitoes inject an anti-coagulant into the skin to allow blood to flow easily, and can transmit some types of illnesses from one person to another person. Mosquito-borne illnesses include malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus.
During mosquito season, which typically lasts from spring thorough early autumn, the insects are very active, particularly around dusk and at night. Heavy rains or flooding combined with warm temperatures can increase mosquito populations, making it particularly important to take steps to control the insects in regions with hot, humid summers or mild winters. Mosquitoes can, and do, live in diverse landscapes around the globe, requiring stringent control methods anywhere the insects are active to prevent bites.
Preventing Mosquito Bites
Even one mosquito bite can cause illness so preventing mosquito bites is the most effective way to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. To prevent mosquitoes inside the home, repair or install screens on windows and doors before mosquito season begins. Outdoors, remove standing water and restrict outdoor water usage to prevent standing water or mud on the property. When outdoors, wear protective clothing, such as long sleeved shirts, to prevent bites. Try to avoid spending time outdoors during the early evening hours when mosquitoes are most active, or apply a mosquito-repellant spray to exposed skin according to the directions on the product packaging. Some types of birds eat mosquitoes, so another idea it to install a bird feeder on the property to encourage birds to visit frequently.
If mosquitoes continue to be a nuisance on your property, contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344 for professional assistance.
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