Mosquito Prevention Tips
June 30, 2017
When you think of a dangerous pest that can cause life changing health consequences for you and your family, your mind may go to a wild, rabid raccoon stalking you in your backyard or even to an overly angry wasp hunting you down because you dared walk near their nest. But, did you know that one of the most dangerous pests to have living in large numbers on your property is tiny and can easily be squashed? That’s right! One of the most dangerous pests found attacking people and pets is the tiny mosquito! EnviroPest wants to provide you with the information you need to help protect your family and to prevent these tiny terrors from choosing your property to live and breed on.
One of the biggest problems with mosquitoes is that the females feed on the blood of a variety of hosts, meaning that they come in contact with a lot of living creatures that can all be infected with a variety of serious diseases. These diseases can then be passed on to you and your family when you are subsequently bitten by an infected mosquito. One of the most widespread viruses spread by mosquitoes that can be found across the entire country is the West Nile virus. If a person is infected with the West Nile virus and does not seek medical treatment, it could lead to very high fevers, weakness, and even coma. Other common diseases that mosquitoes spread include encephalitis, dengue fever, and the Zika virus.
As you can see, in addition to the red, itchy welts that mosquitoes leave behind, they have the ability to leave behind much more devastating consequences. To deter mosquitoes from choosing your property, the professionals at EnviroPest want to provide you with some helpful mosquito prevention tips. The most important prevention tip that we can provide is the need to remove areas of stagnant water from your property. Mosquitoes are highly attracted to areas of standing water because that is where the female lays her eggs. Bird baths, kiddie pools, the tops of tarps, garbage bags, wheelbarrows, tires, clogged gutters, buckets, and low-lying areas that create puddles can all easily attract hordes of mosquitoes to your property. Removing areas of standing water from your property can help to quickly reduce mosquito numbers there.
Other helpful mosquito prevention tips include:
Keep mosquitoes out of your home by keeping windows and doors closed or by making sure that windows and doors have intact screens placed in them. It is also a good idea to caulk spaces around doors and windows.
Mosquitoes are attracted to flowing plants and vegetation. Both males and females feed on nectar as their main food source. Reduce the amount of flowing plants located on your property or at least those that are planted in close proximity to your home.
Reduce areas of overgrown or dense vegetation and grasses. Mosquitoes like to hide in those areas during the heat of the day.
When spending time outside, use an insect repellent that contains DEET (always consult with your child’s doctor before using an insect repellent on them), or if you prefer a natural repellent use one that contains oil of eucalyptus.
Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active - dusk and dawn.
Planting plants that mosquitoes like to avoid can help some. While this won’t completely stop mosquitoes from coming onto your property, they may avoid the area where these plants are planted. Citronella grass, lavender, garlic, rosemary, and lemon thyme are examples of plants that can somewhat deter mosquitoes.
In addition to the above mosquito prevention tips, the very best way to reduce mosquito numbers on your property, to protect your family from the illnesses they can spread, and to be able to enjoy your own yard anytime you want is to put a professional mosquito reduction service in place. While there is no way to completely get rid of mosquitoes from your property, EnviroPest has the services needed to greatly reduce their numbers on any Colorado property. Contact the Colorado mosquito control experts at EnviroPest today to learn how our mosquito reduction services can effectively manage mosquito populations on your property. With our help, you can enjoy a virtually mosquito free summer!