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June 6, 2015
You’re sitting in your backyard. Maybe you’re enjoying a nice cool beverage, or you’ve got the neighbors over for a barbecue. As the sun begins to set, you hear the unmistakable buzzing in your ear, and before you can make it inside, you’re covered in itchy red bites.
Sound familiar? You’re not the only one. The dreaded mosquito has long been the bane of outdoor summer gatherings, and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere anytime soon. Mosquitoes have the ability to adapt to changing environments, which makes them near impossible to eradicate. Every year, once hot, humid weather arrives, mosquito populations grow steadily in the mid-Atlantic region, and often don’t stop bothering us until crisp autumn weather drives them away.
Mosquitoes aren’t just nuisances; they can transmit potentially serious diseases. Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animal as they kill more than 725,000 people worldwide each year due to the diseases they transmit – including West Nile virus, malaria, and yellow fever. Though mosquitoes in America aren’t as lethal, there were still 2,205 cases of West Nile virus reported in America last year, including 16 in the Washington, DC area.
So how can we combat these pests? Staying indoors all summer isn’t an option, and citronella candles and bug spray can only go so far. Luckily, there are measures that you can take to keep mosquitoes at bay and itch-proof your summer.
Mosquitoes need water and dampness in order to breed. In fact, three of a mosquito’s four life stages occur in water. Starting out as eggs (stage 1), mosquitoes hatch in water and become larvae wrigglers (stage 2). They molt several times in preparation for becoming pupae (stage 3), during which they ready themselves for adult life (stage 4). Adult mosquitoes emerge from water and immediately fly around in search of warm blood.
Removing sources of standing water on your property is a great way to proactively attack mosquitoes. No puddle or birdbath is too small for mosquitoes, and an in-depth walking tour of your yard could uncover even more water sources. A dry environment will help keep mosquitoes away from your property, your family, and you.
There are many common sense tactics that you can take to keep from donating blood to a mosquito. Wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outside and making sure that your doors and windows have wire gauze screens will keep you safer both inside and out.
Also, mosquitoes are most active from dusk until dawn, so avoiding outdoor activities during these peak biting hours is a good summer habit.
Connor’s Pest Control experts utilize eco-friendly mosquito spraying technology and all-natural products that target mosquitoes but don’t harm people or pets. The Connor’s pros will also inspect your property to identify and eliminate breeding grounds.
If you’re spending a good deal of your summer days outdoors, you may require a monthly treatment. You can also get a one-time spray leading up to a big backyard party or outdoor event.
Follow these tips to reclaim your yard from these maddening pests. With a little help, you’ll be able to enjoy your summer without the annoying itching and scratching that comes with mosquitoes.