How to Prevent Mosquitoes
With summer rapidly approaching it is safe to say that we will all be spending more time outside. Barbeques, days at the lake, hiking, and countless other activities are involved in an Idaho summer. While there are so many great things about summer there is one negative to watch out for. Mosquitoes will be out and about and it is important to account for these little devious bloodsuckers while enjoying these warmer months. We are all familiar with these flying pests, and have probably experienced a mosquito bite before. Everyone reacts differently, but typically bites lead to itching, swelling, redness, and discomfort. While bites can be irritating, these insects can be dangerous through the spread of disease. Mosquitoes are carriers of several diseases including, but not limited to, West Nile Virus, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, and the Chikungunya Virus. West Nile Virus is the biggest threat of these in the United States, and symptoms can range from mild to severe and even death. The best way to avoid this dangerous virus is to reduce your chances of getting bitten by following these simple and effective steps.
When dealing with mosquitoes there are a few key steps to take to greatly reduce your chances of getting bitten. First, it is important to make your home as unfriendly to these creatures as possible. Mosquitoes love standing water, and overlooking these mosquito-mating zones can turn your yard into a hotbed for these pests. Be sure to avoid leaving standing water, which could accumulate, in old tires, birdbaths, buckets, inflatable pools and countless other sources. It is also important to prevent mosquito bites while away from your home by using and reapplying insect repellent, covering skin, being extra cautious in the evening at their peak time, keeping a swatter present and limiting exposure to large bodies of still water during mosquito season. If you follow these steps and are still experiencing a mosquito problem a professional should be called to come deal with them.
Mosquitoes can be a very annoying and dangerous problem. However, if you take just a few precautions you can enjoy your summer without worry. If you have any questions or concerns give us a call!