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Mosquito Prevention Tips

Mosquito Problems

At best, mosquitoes can leave irritating red welts that have you scratching for days, and pretty much ruin any outdoor gathering you schedule with friends or family. But, more and more, mosquitoes are showing themselves to be a far greater threat. 

Through the years, outbreaks of West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya have caused symptoms that range from muscle ache, joint pain, fever, lethargy, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting to severe trauma and even death. The loss of a loved one to a mosquito-borne virus can have a far-reaching impact on an entire family, but even this cannot compare to the threat Zika poses. This new virus has health agencies on high alert because it has the potential to cause microcephaly in unborn children. This can result in a child born with a birth defect that can have an impact on the mother, the father, and other children in the home, for a lifetime. That is why mosquito prevention is so important. 

While not every mosquito that bites has a virus inside, and not everyone who contracts a virus develops dangerous symptoms, or symptoms at all, mosquitoes require a reservoir to contract these human-spread pathogens. When we prevent bites, we make it harder for mosquitoes to find a vector.

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Personal Mosquito Prevention

  • Mosquito repellent is the number one way to reduce bites, whether you are in your backyard, in the woods camping, or enjoying some time at the beach. If you don't prefer to put chemicals on your skin, consider applying repellent to your clothing, or use a natural repellent that has oil of lemon eucalyptus.

  • Wearing a long-sleeved shirt and pants can go a long way to reducing bites. Be aware, however, that mosquitoes can bite through some fabrics, especially if the fabric is stuck to your skin with sweat.

  • It matters what you wear. Mosquitoes use contrasts of light to target humans. If you wear bright colors, you can make it harder for them to lock onto you.

  • Sweat is an attractant. Mosquitoes are moisture pests. If you plan to be exercising outside, consider doing it in the middle of the day. While you may sweat more in the midday sun, there will be fewer mosquitoes flying around. Mosquitoes are more active in the morning and evening. Building up a sweat outside during times when mosquitoes are active will result in more bites.

Home Mosquito Prevention 

  • You are probably aware that a good breeze can keep mosquitoes away, but have you considered that you can make your own breeze? If you're going to be laying on your deck, or lounging near your pool, consider putting a fan out there.

  • Mosquitoes breed in still water. Removing lawn clutter that can hold rainwater, fixing obstructed gutters, fixing leaky spigots, and addressing areas of shade that prevent the sun from drying your yard out after it rains, will go a long way to reducing mosquitoes.

  • Screens are your first line of defense for keeping mosquitoes out of your home. Make sure all your screens are in good working condition if you intend to keep your windows open.

Professional Mosquito Prevention

There are many ways to prevent bites and reduce mosquitoes on your property but, at the end of the day, nothing has as great an impact as professional mosquito reduction service. Mosquito control services reduce breeding sites, treat unmovable breeding sites with larvicide, kill the eggs in your yard, and directly kill adult mosquitoes that are hiding on your property. This reduction of usable breeding sites, mosquito eggs, and adult mosquitoes has a cascading effect. If eggs don't hatch, the mosquitoes inside those eggs never get a chance to lay more eggs in your neighborhood. If adult mosquitoes are destroyed, they are not allowed to lay eggs in your yard, your neighbor's yard, or the yard of your neighbor's neighbor. Whether your kill mosquitoes that were born in your yard, or born in the yard of someone else in your neighborhood, you're killing mosquitoes. Period. And that means you're reducing mosquitoes for everyone. And, since mosquitoes don't typically travel more than 300 yards in their entire lifespan, your neighborhood is the only neighborhood that matters.  

It is much easier to prevent bites when you have fewer mosquitoes in your neighborhood. Find out what a difference mosquito management service can make. Contact Moyer today to schedule service for your Pennsylvania home.  

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