How To Prepare For The Arrival Of Mosquitoes
April 24, 2018
The warm spring weather may be slow to arrive this year, but prime mosquito season is on the cusp of beginning. While you may think of mosquitoes only being present in the summertime, it actually only takes an outside temperate of 50⁰F for mosquitoes to start lurking around your home and backyard.
Aside from that annoying itch you get from a mosquito bite, that bite can become a real concern if that mosquito is carrying a virus. In Virginia, a common health threat from mosquitoes is the Zika virus. Typical Zika symptoms are a fever, rash, red eyes, joint pain, headaches or muscle pain. While it is typically not a life-threatening virus, it raises big concerns for women who are pregnant since Zika has been linked to birth defects.
However, the point of this post isn’t to scare you! Rather, it's to help you get prepared so that you can enjoy your summer with a peace of mind. Here are our top 5 tips to conquer mosquito season!
- Sign up for a mosquito abatement program – People typically wait until mosquitoes are present to sign up for a mosquito abatement program, which is a big mistake. By that point in time, mosquitoes have already established their breeding population, and it’s much harder to eradicate the problem. Sign up for our mosquito abatement program today to get ahead of the issue.
- Reduce the items in your yard that collect water – Stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Reduce the items left out in your yard like a wheelbarrow, buckets, or empty flower pots that collect water when it rains. Otherwise, mosquitoes will be treating your backyard like their next big party spot.
- Make your own repellant – It’s not ideal (or practical) to have a citronella candle burning inside your home to keep mosquitoes away 24/7. A home remedy we would suggest is apple cider vinegar with a little bit of parsley. Leave a small cup of this mixture on a couple of windowsills or tables to help naturally repel mosquitoes away.
- Spray DEET – If you’re going to be outside for a long period of time, we strongly recommend spraying on a mosquito repellant that contains DEET. DEET can help keep the mosquitoes away, allowing you to enjoy your next outdoor adventure.
- Repair cracks and leaks – Lastly, check your foundation and walls for cracks and your pipes for leaks. Mosquitoes can easily get inside through a small crack or crevice and water from a leak will attract them as well.
If you have additional questions about mosquitoes, don’t hesitate to contact one of our pest experts or as we like to call them, “the bug doctors” to find answers.