Of all the pests you must worry about as a homeowner, few are quite as dangerous as mosquitoes. These flying parasites possess the ability to carry diseases from one host to another. Although many people who are bitten by mosquitoes never get sick, the hard truth is that many others do.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — better known as the CDC — more than 30,000 people in the United States have been infected by the West Nile virus since 1999, with more than a thousand of those infections being fatal. This demonstrates why protecting yourself is so important.
Summer months = swarms of mosquitoes
Once the weather begins warming up, the number of mosquitoes in yard areas rises greatly. And, of course, this is the season when more and more people are wanting to spend time outside, whether it’s hanging out with friends at the local park or having a cookout in your backyard. The reason why you’re there is of no consequence. These parasites know you’re there, and they’ll be bringing their friends alone to enjoy a nice dinner as well — you.
Protecting yourself with a netting system
If you have a large number of mosquitoes in yard areas around your home, it’s imperative that you protect yourself and your loved ones from this menace. A solid plan is the use of a netting system. The concept is quite simple — all you do is set up nets in outside areas around your home that are designed to keep the pests out. After all, if they can’t get to you, they can’t bite you, can they? And the wonderful thing about netting systems is the variety involved. Don’t worry about putting up a net that is ugly and out of place. There are a huge number of styles available, and many of them will compliment your yard area. Some of them will even go so far as to enhance the look of your home.
Utilizing a misting system
Another route to take is to kill mosquitoes in yard areas instead of simply blocking them. A great way to do this is to install a misting system. These systems are similar to ones that you might see installed outside of a business to help keep patrons cool. Rather than spraying water, however, these units deliver an insecticide that is designed to kill the mosquitoes on contact. These systems have proven to be extremely successful, and enable you to set the days and times when the spraying occurs. This will make sure that your family isn’t around when you’re spraying. If you have pets or children, though, it is important to remember these set times to avoid accidental exposure.
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