Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying insects for homeowners, but did you know that they are also extremely dangerous? In 2014, Bill Gates published an article titled, “The Deadliest Animal in the World”, which explores the animal that kills the most humans. Snakes? Nope. Humans? Nope. Sharks? Not even close. The answer is one that most wouldn’t expect: mosquitoes!
When it comes to the sheer number of deaths, mosquitoes win by a landslide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), several million people are killed by mosquitoes each year.
Why Are Mosquitoes So Dangerous?
Although many animals throughout the animal kingdom might seem more fearsome and get much more press, no other animal is responsible for nearly as many deaths worldwide per year as mosquitoes. Even though shark attacks and other notorious animals might make the news, it’s mosquitoes and the diseases they carry that cause numerous deaths worldwide–and not just in the third world. Mosquitoes, which are found almost everywhere in the United States, can spread disease right here at home, too. Just a few of the illnesses spread by these swarming bugs include:
- Zika virus
- West Nile virus
- Yellow fever
- And many more
Malaria alone is responsible for at least 600,000 deaths a year.
How Can I Protect My Family From Mosquitoes?
Because mosquitoes are found almost everywhere in the United States, they can spread disease right in your own backyard. So how can you protect your family from mosquitoes and the illnesses they cause?
- Keep your yard clear of debris, and maintain your lawn. Piles of trash and debris, along with tall grass, are great places for mosquitoes to hide during the day.
- Drain all standing water around your home. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed and reproduce, so removing their breeding grounds is a great step toward keeping them at bay. Don’t just stop at large puddles and ponds–mosquitoes can use small water-filled objects like cups, flower pots, gutters, and other containers to breed, too.
- Use mosquito-repelling plants in your yard to add a natural, green layer of protection. Some options include basil, mint, catnip, and of course citronella.
- Wear long sleeves while outside to reduce the chance of mosquito bites. You should also wear long pants and gloves while doing yard work.
- Use bug spray when outside to deter mosquitoes from biting your skin.
- Burn citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away during your outdoor gatherings.
Do I Need Professional Mosquito Control?
The truth is, preventing mosquitoes can be a full-time job, and sometimes DIY methods just don’t cut it. To truly protect your loved ones from mosquitoes and the illnesses that they transmit, professional mosquito control is your best course of action.
Here at Beebe’s Pest Control, we offer highly effective mosquito treatments that will help keep your yard mosquito-free. We’ll control the local population in your yard, and take preventative measures to ensure they don’t reproduce. Our recurring treatments provide you with protection all season long, so you can enjoy your time outdoors without the worrying, swatting, and itching.