The threat of mosquito-borne disease is becoming more and more common throughout the United States and around the globe in general – with thousands of species of mosquitoes worldwide, each having the potential to be problematic, there are some facts that you need to know to reduce the chances of a bite. Most importantly, you should know that mosquitoes transmit terrible diseases, like the West Nile virus and Zika virus, to humans and both domestic and wild animals. Other dangerous diseases include: malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever. Domestic animals can be at risk for canine heartworm as well. These can be debilitating diseases, and the treatment for them can be lengthy and costly.
How Do Mosquitoes Transmit Diseases
Female mosquitoes will feed on human blood and animal blood which is essential in the production of mosquito eggs. The female mosquito will puncture the skin and inject her saliva into the hole to stop the blood from clotting. Then she will feed on the blood which will give her the nutrition that she needs to reproduce. This injection can initially cause a slight pain, and irritation at the injection site can last up to a few days. This interaction with an infected female mosquito is how humans and animals are contaminated with the virus or disease that she is carrying.
How To Avoid Mosquitoes and their Diseases
If at all possible, you will want to try to eliminate the presence of mosquitoes around your home. There are many ways you can decrease the population of mosquitoes on your property; but for a better result, you will need to call a pest control company. Mosquitoes like to breed in standing water, and the females can lay their eggs in even the smallest amount. By eliminating all standing water around your home you could lessen their ability to reproduce. This removal of standing water includes long-standing puddles, tools and toys left outdoors, clogged gutters, bird feeders, and many other items around your property that can collect any amount of water. If you are outdoors at all, it will be important to wear an insect repellent every time you go outside to avoid bites from mosquitoes. You can also try wearing light-colored clothing with long pants and sleeves which will deter mosquitoes from biting.
Best Form Of Mosquito Control
However, the best way to avoid mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses around your home and property is to enlist the help of an experienced pest control company. In the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland areas, you can trust American Pest. We pride ourselves on our speed and delivery of service and our number one priority is your health and safety. Our experienced personnel will work with you to meet your individual needs and to customize a treatment plan that will work for you. Give us a call today to learn more about American Pest and our effective mosquito control services!