Warm weather is back . . . and so are the unwelcome guests everyone dreads. The welcome spring rains and the hot days that follow, are the perfect storm for mosquitoes, breeding millions of bloodsuckers that could stay for the season.
How ProTech Pest Control Treats Mosquitos
ProTech Pest Control professionals can help homeowners and owner associations reduce their exposure to mosquito bites by inspecting properties for breeding sites, treating to control mosquitoes, educating about mosquitoes and suggesting corrective actions.
What Can Homeowners Do For Mosquitos?
- Eliminate or reduce mosquito-breeding areas by replacing all standing water at least once a week. This includes birdbaths, ponds and unfiltered pools.
- Remove unneeded vegetation or trash from around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed.
- Introduce mosquito-eating fish such as gambusia, green sunfish, bluefish and minnows to standing water
- Seal and screen all windows, doors and other openings.
- Use insect repellent on exposed skin. The most effective repellents currently available contain the active ingredient DEET in concentrations up to about 35% (greater concentrations do not offer better protection).
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants treated with repellent as well.
Mosquito Borne Illnesses
The Zika virus is carried by infected Aedes species mosquitos and can be transmitted to people by both a mosquito bite or intimate contact with an infected person. While Zika is a rare occurrence in the U.S. to date, the CDC continues to monitor cases, especially the origin of the infection. Although all current U.S. cases are the result of international travel, the expectation is that this will change in the coming months. Zika typically causes only mild symptoms in infected people (some have NO symptoms), but has been proven to cause major birth defects in unborn children. Avoiding exposure to Zika is important for women who are or may become pregnant.
How can we help protect you and your family? In addition to implementing the above mentioned ways to reduce the number of mosquitos in your yard, Protect offers exterior mosquito treatment to prevent hatching. Performed monthly from April through September, this can help to prevent mosquito bites while enjoying your deck, patio or yard.
From our blog: New Mosquito Borne Illness Concerns Pest Management Professionals in Virginia
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), West Nile virus has now been identified in every state in the country. It has spread across the country much faster than anyone expected. Humans can contract encephalitis from the disease when bitten by mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus. Mosquitoes contract the virus when they feed on infected birds which may circulate the virus in their blood for several days. Other animals may become infected including cats, dogs, bats, and rabbits. As yet, there is no vaccine available for humans.