Long ago, in ancient Rome, gladiators were pitted against each other in massive arenas for the entertainment of the masses. On occasion, game masters would incorporate dangerous beasts such as lions, wild boars, or bears into the show to add excitement. When you think about dangerous animals, these are the types of creatures that come to mind, and certainly not mosquitoes. Each year, the sad truth is that mosquitoes kill more people than lions, bears, tigers, wild boars, and leopards combined. Here is everything you need to know to help you keep these off your property.

The Threats Mosquitoes Pose

In the medical field, it is highly dangerous to reuse needles. If a completely healthy individual and someone with a blood-borne disease, both get shots using the same needle, both are likely to walk away sick. The same is true for mosquitoes. Let’s look at malaria as an example. In foreign countries where access to quality health care is limited, malaria is a huge problem. Interestingly, this disease is not spread in any other way than by direct blood transfusions, meaning an infected individual’s blood has to be injected into a healthy person’s bloodstream, something mosquitoes regularly do. It’s like how bees pollinate flowers, but with blood instead of pollen and people instead of flowers.

To help you better understand the threats mosquitoes pose, here are some of the most common diseases they pick up and spread here in America:

  • Malaria
  • Chikungunya
  • Dengue
  • Yellow Fever
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis
  • West Nile Virus
  • Zika Virus

The good news is that we have access to high-quality health care services, which is helpful in two ways. It keeps the number of sick people to a minimum, thus reducing the chances of mosquitoes picking up a blood-borne disease. It also provides individuals who are sick with mosquito-spread diseases a quick and effective treatment. These benefits do not, however, entirely eliminate your risk of infection. For this reason, limiting your exposure to mosquitoes is extremely important.

How To Limit Your Exposure To Mosquitoes

There are two sides to mosquito control, putting in place prevention around your property, and understanding how to make yourself less attractive to these pests. To start, here are a few around your property.

  • Eliminate sources of water around your property.
  • Make sure your gutters are clear and properly channeling water away from your home.
  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures around your property.
  • Change out the water in birdbaths and ornate pools at least once every four days.
  • If you have a pond, stock it with mosquitofish.
  • Install fans around covered outdoor lounging areas.
  • Invest in year-round mosquito control.

Once your property is protected, use the following simple tricks to minimize your attractiveness to mosquitoes:

  • Wear light-colored clothing.
  • Apply insect repellent before leaving your property.
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants.
  • Avoid exercising outdoors during dusk and dawn.
  • Avoid dense mosquito areas such as swamps and marshlands.

How Professional Pest Control Helps With Mosquitoes

The most important thing you can do to prevent mosquitoes is to invest in courtesy of Green Home Pest Control. Our team only uses botanical and organically derived pest control products when treating for mosquitoes. Not only are these treatments comparable to traditional pest control products, but they are also chemical-free and healthy for the environment.

Give us a call or contact us through our website to learn more about our mosquito abatement programs and schedule .

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