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The Dangers Mosquitoes Bring to West Chester Residents

July 25, 2018

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Summer is here in West Chester and with it has brought mosquitoes in great numbers. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are more than just buzzing nuisance pests that cause itchy bites. Mosquitoes can carry many diseases that can cause severe illnesses. It is important to look at the environmental factors on your property that can lead to an increase in the mosquito presence on your property and consider all options to reducing mosquito populations and keep your family safe from mosquito-borne diseases this summer. With summer parties, BBQ’s, and backyard celebrations bringing us all outdoors for extended periods of time this season, it’s more important than ever to protect ourselves, our family, and our friends from mosquitoes! It’s even more important if you’ll be serving alcohol at your summertime events as mosquitoes are more attracted to people that have consumed alcohol.

Dangers of Mosquitoes

Mosquito bites can cause allergic reactions in some people causing those minor itchy bites that most of us endure during the summer months to become red, swollen, itchy welts. The constant scratching to find relief from the itch can also cause infections and scars.

As if all that wasn’t troublesome enough, there are several diseases that the mosquitoes in West Chester are known to carry, including West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis. The symptoms of West Nile Virus can range from causing fevers and rashes to causing more severe complications like brain swelling and even death, especially in children and the elderly. Eastern equine encephalitis is carried by birds; when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then a human, they can transmit this harmful disease. Symptoms of Eastern equine encephalitis include fevers, stiff joints, and neck pain, as well as encephalitis, as the name suggests.

Factors that Attract Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes need water to breed and thrive, so as a result, they are attracted to areas of water.  But these pests don’t need very much water in order to breed; in fact, they can breed and lay their eggs in just a bottle cap full of water!  

It’s also been shown recently that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have been drinking alcohol. So serving alcohol at backyard parties, weddings, and celebrations can contribute to an attack of mosquitoes!

Preventing Mosquitoes

Based on the above factors, it seems logical that reducing the amount of standing water on your property and limiting the amount of alcohol consumed outdoors might help reduce the risk of mosquito bites. While this may prove true, mosquitoes are definitely not a pest to take chances with!

Mosquito prevention from Moyer Pest Control for your West Chester home is vital to staying safe this summer as the weather warms up, the outdoors events begin, and we enter pool season! Contact us to learn more about our mosquito control options.


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