What are the Risks of Mosquito Bites?
Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, encephalitis, Chikungunya, West Nile virus and Zika.
Wearing an insect repellent containing DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient is the best way to prevent mosquito bites.
Mosquito Prevention Around Your Home
It’s important to take steps to prevent mosquito breeding grounds around your home.
In addition to having a pest control company spraying around your home, there are a few things you can do to help keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Eliminate standing water around your home will help tremendously. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a half an inch of water. Keep gutters clear of debris; check at least once a week for any discarded cans, buckets, pots, overturned children’s toys and anything that can hold water. Cover trash containers; change water in outdoor pet dishes daily; and change water in bird baths several times a week.
Move potted plants indoors. Potted plants also tend to fill up with excess water, which is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Keep them indoors during the muggy summer months.
Facts About Mosquitoes
- Adult mosquitoes live indoors and outdoors.
- Mosquitoes can bite day and night.
- Adult mosquitoes live for about 2 to 4 weeks depending on the species, humidity, temperature, and other factors. Female mosquitoes often live longer than male mosquitoes.
- Only female mosquitoes bite people and animals to get a blood meal. Female mosquitoes need a blood meal to produce eggs.
- Mosquitoes get infected with germs, such as viruses and parasites, when they bite infected people and animals.
- It takes just a few infected mosquitoes to start an outbreak in a community and put you and your family at risk of becoming sick.
If you are concerned about mosquito control on your property, contact a pest control company for advice on how to get rid of mosquitoes.
Call FL Termite & Pest Experts for help at (813) 922-8475.