The Mosquito: Rainfall Brings Out The Annoying Pests of Summer
While mosquito control can be seen as a neighborhood or community issue, there are many things that YOU can do around your home and property to prevent and get rid of (or at least keep them manageable) the pesky mosquito.
No one likes a buzzing mosquito in their ear while they are trying to enjoy a backyard barbecue or nap, but the impulse to use poisons or bomb your entire yard isn’t always the best or healthiest solution for you and your family (people and pets!).
Please Note: Both “mosquitos” AND “mosquitoes” are grammatically correct. We chose to use the most popular (according to Google) throughout this article.
See Facts below.
While most of us would love to see the mosquito erradicated completely, they actually do serve a purpose. Mosquitoes are an essential food source for land and aquatic animals and are an important part of the food chain. Not many know that mosquitoes are also prolific pollinators. So while we don’t want an infestation, tolerating some mosquitoes is something we should all do for the overall health of our ecosystem and environment.
What To Do
There are many safe solutions to reduce these summertime pests and protect you and your family from bites and sleepless nights.
Here are a bunch of tips that can help you manage your mosquito population:
- Reduce standing water. This one is probably the easiest and most overlooked solution. While mosquitoes can travel long distances, the odds are the one buzzing in your ear or biting your arm was hatched right there on your property. Look for clogged gutters, swing sets, old tires, etc. and dump out any standing water. If you have water that can’t be drained such as ponds, waterfalls, pools, etc., you have a few options (like Bti) to naturally treat the water to avoid mosquito problems. Ask your local hardware store for standing water treatments.
- Landscape! Mosquitoes enjoy dark, shaded areas and if you keep everything well-trimmed, it will eliminate a lot of hiding spots for the mosquito.
- Apply mosquito repellents. Deet is a tried and true repellent that is found in major brands such as OFF, MAX DEET and Repel products. There are other deterrents if you have an aversion to deet. Give SOS Pest Control & Termite for info or stop by your local hardware store for more options.
- Install bug lights. Use bug lights outside in areas where you hang out, your kids play and around doors and windows. Mosquitoes are only attracted to certain light frequencies, so make sure you give us a call or ask your local hardware store for the right lights for mosquitoes.
- Blow them away. Use strategic placement of fans to keep from being bitten. If you are sitting in your backyard, place some fans around you. Mosquitoes need calm conditions to suck your blood, so keep the air moving!
- Clothing. Sure, it’s difficult to put on layers of clothing when it’s a hot summer day, but wearing clothing that covers you up a bit (especially at night) will help reduce mosquito bites.
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Facts About The Mosquito
Mosquitoes are small, midge-like flies which constitute the family Culicidae. Females of most species are ectoparasites, whose tube-like mouthparts (called a proboscis) pierce the hosts’ skin to consume blood. The word “mosquito” (formed by mosca and diminutive ito) is Spanish for “little fly”. Thousands of species feed on the blood of various kinds of hosts, mainly vertebrates, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and even some kinds of fish. Some mosquitoes also attack invertebrates, mainly arthropods. Though the loss of blood is seldom of any importance to the victim, the saliva of the mosquito often causes an irritating rash that is a serious nuisance. Much more serious though, are the roles of many species of mosquitoes as vectors of diseases. In passing from host to host, some transmit extremely harmful infections such as malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, west Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus and other arboviruses, rendering it the deadliest animal family in the world.
Photo shown above is of mosquito larvae in water.
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