The Best Mosquito Protection For Merrimac Properties
December 15, 2021
Mosquitoes are one of the peskiest insects humans will ever encounter. They are commonly referred to as dangerous pests, in large part due to the diseases they spread through biting people and pets, feeding on their blood. Mosquitoes in Merrimac are something property owners should always be aware of.
Almost everyone has experienced being bitten by a mosquito at some point. They are well known for the itchy, red, swelling that can often happen after a bite. Not all mosquitoes that bite humans will carry disease; there are more than 200 species of mosquitoes that live in the United States, and only about ten or twelve types of these mosquitoes will make people sick. The other mosquitoes are considered nuisance mosquitoes. That being said, it is impossible to tell what kind of mosquito may have bitten you, therefore, it is important to treat all mosquitoes as if they are dangerous.
What To Know About Mosquitoes
One of the most dangerous diseases mosquitoes can spread is malaria. While malaria is not often found in the United States, mosquitoes can travel all over the world. Other mosquito-borne diseases include West Nile virus, dengue, encephalitis, chikungunya, yellow fever, tularemia, and Zika virus. Mosquitoes spread disease by feeding on blood from humans or other animals. Any pathogens that may be in that blood then pass into the mosquito's body and multiply. These pathogens are then excreted into the mosquito's saliva after a few weeks. A mosquito will then bite its next blood meal target and pass the diseases on through its saliva.
Not all mosquito species like to live near humans; some like to live in grasslands, forests, marshes, and more. One common factor among mosquitoes is that they all like water. Different species of mosquito are attracted to different types of bodies of water. Some mosquito species are attracted to clean clear water, while others prefer standing water like swamps, marshes, and ponds. Mosquitoes look for areas of standing water to lay eggs. They can even lay eggs in the winter before a freeze hits, which will lay dormant until spring temperatures rise, and then hatch.
How To Prevent Mosquitoes
Homeowners in Merrimac can take steps to keep mosquitoes away from their property. While complete prevention is almost impossible, controlling mosquitoes can be done. Mosquito Busters wants to help you keep mosquitoes away and protect your Merrimac property.
There are several ways to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes. Try the following tips to deter mosquitoes from settling in on your Merrimac property:
- Mosquitoes are drawn to water, particularly standing water. Periodically inspect your property and backyard for areas that have standing water.
- Regularly switch out birdbaths, flowerpots, toys, wading pools, and other vessels that contain water.
- Drainage issues into lawns and yards can lead to standing water. Address any drainage issues right away to prevent attracting mosquitoes.
- Regularly inspect screens on windows and doors. Keeping these in good working order will prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.
- Make sure gutters are clear of debris and old dirty water.
- Some plants act as natural mosquito repellents. These include lemongrass, basil, and lavender. Planting these around your yard and home may deter mosquitoes.
Prevent Mosquito Bites
Additionally, individuals can take steps to protect their bodies from mosquito bites. Try the following tips to prevent mosquito bites on yourself or your children:
- Using insect repellent approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can be impactful to use when outside where mosquitoes may be. DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and para-menthane-diol (PMD) are EPA-approved insect repellents. Remember to always follow product instructions when using any insect repellent.
- Remember to periodically reapply insect repellents as directed.
- Apply insect repellent after sunscreen.
- Wear clothing that covers arms and legs.
- Wear long-sleeved, light-colored clothing.
- When spending long periods outdoors such as camping, sleeping under a mosquito net may help prevent bites.
Mosquitoes tend to be more active during the hours of the day when it is cooler, particularly in the morning before the sun has fully risen. When the sun is fully out, they try to stick to shaded areas, bodies of water, wetlands, and other places where they can avoid the sun. Mosquitoes will become more active again in the evening and twilight hours when the sun goes down and the temperature falls.
Prevent Mosquitoes - Call The Professionals At Mosquito Busters
If you are experiencing a mosquito issue on your Merrimac property, the best way to approach it is to call in professional help. Mosquitoes often carry disease, and it is not worth it to risk your health to try to get rid of them using do-it-yourself methods. Professional pest control experts like the team at Mosquito Busters are well prepared to take on these little bloodsucking pests. Our team utilizes many proven mosquito control methods, both traditional and all-natural. We can take care of a mosquito infestation and also clean up areas of standing water on the property where mosquito eggs and larvae may be hiding. Do not risk it! Contact Mosquito Busters today to take the first step at keeping pesky mosquitoes off your Merrimac property.