Mosquitoes are one of the most common pests in existence. In spite of this fact, they continue to be one of the most hated pests as well. From their irritating buzzing sound to their itchy bites, mosquitoes are one pest that no one wants around. Just what is so bad about these persistent creatures and how can you reduce the number of mosquitoes in and around your home? Here we will provide some helpful tips to keep mosquitoes away this summer.
Health Dangers of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are said to be one of the most potentially deadly creatures in existence today. This is because of the huge array of diseases and blood borne pathogens that they can carry and pass to humans when they bite us. Mosquitoes bite simply to find a source of food. They prefer to feed on human blood, but they will also bite pets such as dogs. They are capable of infecting dogs with heartworm, a potentially deadly disease. Mosquitoes are also the leading cause of malaria contraction in humans, but they can also carry yellow fever, dengue fever, and a variety of other serious illnesses. The Zika virus is yet another illness that can be passed to humans through a mosquito bite. Aside from dangerous diseases such as the ones listed here, mosquitoes can also create large skin welts in those that are sensitive to their bites.
How to Reduce Your Mosquito Population
As we can see, mosquitoes have the potential to be very harmful. For this reason, and simply for sanity's sake, it's important to keep these tiny bloodsuckers at bay. One of the best ways to reduce the number of mosquitoes that gather in your yard is to remove what attracts them. Mosquitoes are very drawn to bodies of water, especially stagnant water. If you have any sources of stagnant water around your home, it is ideal to remove them no matter how small they may be.
How to Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites
You can protect yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes in a number of ways. First of all, you can opt to wear clothing that covers your arms and legs to reduce the amount of skin exposed for mosquitoes to bite. There are also a variety of bug sprays and natural products on the market designed to deter mosquitoes. Citronella candles can be burned outdoors to give off an order that mosquitoes find offensive. Just don't burn them inside as they can be irritating to the lungs of some individuals. Mosquito netting can also be placed around areas where you gather or eat outdoors to keep mosquitoes away from these places.
The Jacksonville area certainly has its fair share of mosquitoes, and many area residents have issues getting the upper hand on these pests. At Orange Environmental Services, we understand how having a mosquito infestation can detract from life's pleasures and disrupt your peace of mind. That's why we provide several treatment options to help you get rid of your mosquitoes and keep them away. If you are experiencing problems with mosquitoes, please contact Orange Environmental Services today.