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.
It’s hard to beat the summers here on the Gulf Coast. The warm weather and bright sun make it the perfect time of year for spending quality time with family and friends out in the yard. From relaxing in peace to fun and games with those you love most, there’s no better time than summer for enjoying the great outdoors. Unfortunately, the long-lasting humidity and warmth make Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida a perfect home for mosquitoes too!
Mosquitoes thrive in the Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida climate, bringing with them annoying, itchy and sometimes painful bites. Not only do they ruin your time outdoors, but mosquitoes also pose a serious threat to you and your family’s health. As the most deadly animal on the planet, there are a number of diseases mosquitoes can carry and transmit, including:
West Nile virus
You shouldn’t be forced to spend your summer inside because of pesky mosquitoes. With mosquito season right around the corner, we tapped our experts here at Beebe’s Pest and Termite Control for the best ways to get rid of mosquitoes in time for your holiday plans. With the proper knowledge, you can help keep mosquitoes from making your home a target by eliminating them at the source. Let’s talk about the most common breeding grounds around your yard for mosquitoes and how to get rid of them!
1. Landscape Debris
Have you ever noticed mosquitoes mostly bite in the early morning and evening? This is because during sunrise and sunset, the wind is least likely to blow them away–because guess what? Mosquitoes can’t fly in wind. To stay safe from even the slightest breeze, they often seek shelter in debris that may be lying around your yard. But what exactly counts as “debris?” You may be under the impression that a yard that is simply free of trash is what we’re referring to, but often the most likely homes for mosquitoes are places you don’t expect. Overgrown shrubs and the dense brush and weeds of natural areas are perfect hiding places for mosquitoes because they provide sturdy protection from the blowing wind. Other common forms of yard debris mosquitoes flock to include:
Piles of sticks/branches
Tall, uncut grass
By getting rid of these around your home, you can eliminate the places for mosquitoes to rest. Not only will your yard be closer to being mosquito-free, but a tidy lawn looks beautiful and is even better to enjoy!
2. Standing Water
It is rather common knowledge that mosquitoes need water to lay eggs. Eliminating major sources of standing water like ornamental ponds or pools is a great start, but it’s not enough. Mosquitoes don’t need large amounts of water to reproduce, and they often choose shallow collections of water over other sources. For example, did you know mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as the film of water at the bottom of a toothbrush holder? To keep standing water from collecting in your yard, you should be aware of the most common items that can gather water without noticing:
To reduce the ability of these items to collect stagnant water, it is best to either drill small holes in them to allow water to drain or to remove them from your yard completely.
3. Clogged Drains and Gutters
The two things mosquitoes need most to breed are stagnant water and shelter from wind and messy drains supply them with both! One of the biggest ways you may accidentally turn your home into a mosquito magnet is by allowing gutters, drains and pipes to go unchecked during the warm summer and fall months. Debris like fallen twigs and leaves jam up your gutters, causing them to collect the still, unfiltered water mosquitoes need to thrive. When it comes to major water passageways around your home, like gutters and drainage pipes, keep them clean and clear to keep mosquitoes away!
4. You’re the Mosquito Magnet!
Have you ever considered that you could possibly be the mosquito magnet? It’s true! Mosquitoes are attracted to certain people over others for a variety of different reasons. If you’re the type that gets eaten up by mosquitoes every time you step foot outside in the summer, these reasons could be why:
You produce too much carbon dioxide: Did you know mosquitoes don’t just randomly choose their victims? They are actually attracted to an output of carbon dioxide. When you exercise, you exude more carbon dioxide for a brief time. Don’t exercise and then sit on your porch early in the morning or late at night — you may be attracting mosquitoes that way.
You’re wearing dark clothes that make you stand out: Did you know that when you wear dark clothes, it helps you stand out against the horizon to mosquitoes? Opt for lighter colored clothes, and mosquitoes may have a harder time spotting you as their next meal.
You are drinking alcohol: While there’s no hard data to prove this, a study showed that those who recently drank a beer got bit by mosquitoes more than those who did not. The Journal of the American Mosquito Association says drinking alcohol can increase your chances of getting bit.
Unfortunately, some of these factors are completely unavoidable. You can do your best to make yourself less attractive to mosquitoes, but chances are you’ll still get bit here and there.
Professional Treatments Can Help!
Even with eliminating breeding grounds, it can be nearly impossible to keep every single mosquito away from your home without help from a professional. DIY methods like citronella candles and mosquito repelling plants work to keep mosquitoes away, but they don’t eliminate them at the source. If you live near a body of water or are especially susceptible to mosquito infestations, a professional mosquito treatment would be your best bet!
Here at Beebe’s Pest and Termite Control, we offer professional mosquito control treatments in the Gulf Coast Area from Louisiana to Florida that work to eliminate mosquitoes breeding grounds and keep them away for the long haul. Click here for more information on our mosquito services.
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