The more painful a pest is, the more seriously it is taken by people. Everyone knows to avoid wasps and bees, as their stings cause a fair amount of pain. The same is not true for mosquitoes. At first look, mosquitoes do not seem like the type of pest that should be feared. There is no denying that they are annoying, it’s just hard to imagine that they could be more than that. To help you better understand these invasive yard pests, we are here today with some facts about mosquitoes, including the problems they cause in Washington D.C. and how to keep them out of your yard.
Are Mosquitoes Dangerous In America?
If you do a bit of research you will find that mosquitoes are the most dangerous creatures on the planet. You will also find that most mosquito-related deaths happen in third-world countries where there is little to no access to quality health care services and treatments for mosquito-borne diseases. Keeping this in mind, people do still get sick from mosquito bites in America, including here in Washington D.C. The difference is that if you develop symptoms, a doctor is a car ride away. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that treatments for mosquito-borne diseases are not always cheap and could break your bank if you don’t have insurance. For this reason, we recommend finding ways to avoid these pests in your day-to-day life.
How To Reduce Your Chances Of Being Bitten By A Mosquito
The first thing you should know about mosquito prevention is how to reduce your chances of being bitten when out and about. This involved what you wear, how you wear it when you go outside, and a few other things. To break things down, here is a list of tips and tricks you should be using.
- Wear light-colored clothing. This will make it harder for mosquitoes to see you as they use silhouettes to identify their prey.
- Avoid going outside during dusk and dawn as this is when mosquitoes are most active.
- Avoid marshlands, swamps, and other wet areas. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and densely populate these areas.
- Apply bug spray to your clothing and skin before leaving your property. There are many good options for this including some that are all-natural.
- Be careful when working out outdoors. Working out increases how much you breathe and your body heat, both of which attract mosquitoes.
Some DIY Prevention Strategies For Mosquitoes
In addition to protecting yourself against dangerous mosquitoes, you can implement some DIY mosquito abatement strategies around your property. The first step with this is to eliminate breeding grounds. To do this, eliminate sources of rainwater build-up, change the water in birdbaths and ornate pools once every four days, and stock ponds with mosquitofish. Another thing that helps is to install fans around outdoor lounging areas. Mosquitoes are notoriously bad at flying and have a hard time landing when there is a breeze.
The Benefits Of Professional Mosquito Control
Eliminating breeding grounds and installing fans will only go so far in preventing mosquitoes. If you have neighbors close by, a large property, or mosquito-dense areas nearby, you will still have a serious problem on your hand, that is, unless you hire a professional. At Pest Czar, we offer long-term and short-term solutions to mosquito problems. Whether you are looking for year-round treatments for your property or a single service visit for an outdoor event, we have your back.
Contact us today for more information.