As the temperatures continue to rise, mosquito population’s increases and the recent rains have created the perfect breeding ground for another major biting season. Homeowners should take precautions because these pests do more than leave behind itchy red bites, they can also spread diseases like West Nile Virus, Encephalitis and Chikungunya Fever.
Needing only small amounts of standing water to breed – these blood-sucking pests can develop from egg to adult in just 10-14 days. Additionally, these pests are always in search of their next meal and sense a potential target from up to 75 feet away.
To help homeowners protect themselves against mosquitoes this year, the following simple, proactive measures should be followed:
- Eliminate all sources of standing water such as children’s wading pools, birdbaths and flower pots;
- Keep rain gutters cleaned out to prevent water from standing in drains;
- Cut back or get rid of unnecessary vegetation around the home where mosquitoes can breed and/or nest;
- Remove water that has collected in tree holes and hollow stumps;
- Screen windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside homes; and
- Consider using yellow bug light bulbs in outdoor light fixtures – the bulbs reduce the number of flying insects around your home.ProTech uses an industry-leading approach that utilizes Integrated Pest Management that includes a full home and property inspection to point out pest control issues; identification of not only the pest, but the cause of the problem; and treatment in an environmentally responsible way to eliminate current issues and to help prevent future recurrences.