When it comes to pests, one of the most annoying are mosquitoes. They seem to come out during the nicest evening and days when you are relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. Mosquitoes need the right kind of environment to thrive and multiply. However this ideal environment is found all too often in our own New York backyards with standing water in pet bowls, bird feeders and other containers. The biggest problem is that mosquitoes can not only be annoying but they can be dangerous as well. It’s imperative you do what you can to keep dangerous mosquitoes away from you and your family.
Rest Easy Pest Control outlines just how dangerous mosquitoes can be and what you can do to prevent them.
What Kind of Diseases do Mosquitoes Carry?
There are some serious diseases that a mosquito can carry and will easily transmit to people and pets they come across. Some of these diseases include malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus, elephantiasis, yellow fever, chikungunya and the latest being the Zika virus. Although not all mosquitoes are carrying a deadly disease, there is no way to know which ones do and which ones don’t. You don’t want to take your chances with coming across a mosquito that happens to be carrying the West Nile Virus for instance. The West Nile Virus can be deadly if left untreated which is likely as many infected people simply assume they have a flu or cold since the symptoms are very similar. There is also a newer disease that is starting to move quickly and has been linked to mosquito bites and that is the Zika Virus. Although it has not made a huge impact in the United States yet, it has come to some states. The Zika Virus cause many symptoms that also mimic a cold or flu but the danger reaches even further. Expectant mothers have been known to pass some birth defects to their child after being exposed to this disease. The best way to be sure that you are not infected by a disease carrying mosquito is to have your home and property treated by a pest control specialist!
How to Prevent Mosquitoes From Biting You
One thing that mosquitoes find attractive and are happy to call home is any source of standing water. This is an ideal space for a mosquito to not only live but to reproduce and to thrive. You want to be sure that you look around your property for any area that could have water standing. This could be near a hose or pet water source as well as bird feeders or even old tires and plant pots. Be sure that if you do have water out for pets or wild birds, you keep it clean and changed out as often as possible. Upturn or dispose of other containers to remove water sources that give mosquitoes the opportunity to breed.