As you sit enjoying a warm Summer’s evening, your bliss is shattered by an annoying whine in your ear. You slap, but it’s too late—the little devil bit, and you’ll be scratching for days.
Mosquitoes are more than an annoyance. According to the Gates Foundation, the mosquito is the most dangerous animal in the world, sickening and killing millions of people across the globe every year. Mosquito-borne diseases include malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, encephalitis and West Nile virus. Of these, few reach our shores, but it’s important to know which diseases are spread by mosquitoes in your area, and take measures to protect yourself and your family.
Knowing how mosquitoes breed is your first defense. They lay their eggs in stagnant (still) water and can reproduce several times during the warm months. Look around your property for places where water can collect—toys, flower-pot trays, old tires, and the like—and eliminate these. This is also a good opportunity to work with your neighbors to remove breeding spots from their yards. Chances are, they will be as eager to get rid of these pests as you are!
As diligent as we may be in policing our spaces for mosquito breeding grounds, some may blow in from the surrounding areas. In this case, pest control experts can help you with the appropriate solution for your situation