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What Everyone In New Castle Should Know About Mosquitoes & Dangerous Disease

September 25, 2020

 

If New Castle residents know nothing else about mosquitoes, it’s that they are persistent and annoying. It seems that as soon as you step outside, they are waiting to buzz around you non-stop. If they land on you, they’ll suck up your blood. This will undoubtedly result in a bump on your skin that is ugly, red, and infuriatingly itchy. The frightening part is that a bite isn’t the worst possible thing that can happen.

Since mosquitoes withdraw fluid from both humans and animals, there’s a strong risk of contracting a critical illness. These bugs can transmit several diseases. For that reason, medical and insect professionals have labeled mosquitoes the most dangerous animal in the world. Learn about common species in the area, the possible risks, and how you can prevent mosquitoes with help from Moyer Pest Control.

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Common New Castle Mosquitoes & Risks

Asian tiger and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are prevalent in our area. The Asian tiger mosquitoes are white and black, with a single middle stripe down their head and back. They max in size at around 3/8 of an inch long and have antennas and six legs.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is often referred to as the “yellow fever mosquito.” Their brown and black bodies have white dorsum markings shaped like a violin. As their Asian tiger counterparts, they can reach 3/8 of an inch long. They have antennas and three pairs of legs as well.

While most mosquitoes are primarily active at dusk, both of these types are busy all day. Other than that, their behavior is pretty standard. They seek out blood and water because these fluids support their breeding. If your property is close to a standing pool, such as a river or swamp, be on the lookout. Mosquitoes consume nectar too. Their typical entryways into homes are open windows and doors. Quiet and dark places, like closets and laundry rooms, are where they’ll dwell.

Here are a few facts about the major health conditions mosquitoes can trigger:

  • Chikungunya causes fever and intense joint pain. It’s incurable.
  • Zika virus can generate birth defects for pregnant women; affecting 5% of babies.
  • Dengue symptoms include fever, vomiting, and skin rash.
  • West Nile virus has spurred neurological fatalities. 80% of cases are asymptomatic.
  • Malaria is based on a plasmodium parasite.
  • Yellow fever in grave cases leads to deadly liver, heart, and kidney issues.

Mosquito Prevention Techniques

By taking the following steps, you’ll be making your land and body less attractive to mosquitoes:

  • Use an insecticide around the borders of your property.
  • Light candles containing essential oils, like cedarwood and rosemary.
  • Set mosquito traps outdoors, and clean them regularly.
  • Reduce standing water by removing pet water bowls and draining or treating your pool.
  • Groom your yard and greenery, and distance plants from foundations.
  • Keep your lawn and gutters free of debris.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors, such as black and blue. Mosquitoes can see these shades easily.
  • Be cautious when you drink alcohol, it draws mosquitoes when it comes through your skin.

Moyer Pest Control Mosquito Extermination

Don't delay mosquito management or take it lightly. Since they are such stubborn creatures and their presence is rampant, Moyer Pest Control offers intricate specialized services to beat them.

Our affordable treatment plan consists of multiple applications during their peak season and thorough coverage. This means we’ll get all their breeding locations and living hotspots; eaves, porches, foliage, gardens, and more. No need to fret about safety or vegetation preservation; our products are backed by the Environmental Protection Agency. If you’d rather have a one-time visit or need care for a specific event, suitable options will be available to you. Call us today!

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