Summer is almost here, and with it comes mosquitoes. Universally hated the world over, mosquitoes are annoying at best, and deadly at worst. Following are some interesting mosquito facts and suggestions for mosquito protection for your yard and family this summer season.
– Only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals because they need the blood protein for their eggs.
– All mosquitoes need water to breed. That’s why it’s critically important to avoid standing water around your yard.
– Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away. Mosquitoes follow the carbon dioxide trail back to the source, which can be you, your family, and your pets.
Mosquitoes Carry Dangerous Diseases
Mosquitos are considered the deadliest animals on the planet. That’s because they carry an array of deadly diseases that cause more deaths than any other animal.
Dengue Fever can be deadly. Fever, pain behind the eyes, severe headache, joint and muscle pain, and mild bleeding with bruising and rash are all common symptoms.
West Nile Virus is a disease that can lead to headache, body aches, fever, nausea and vomiting, body rash, and swollen lymph glands. In rare cases it can lead to meningitis or encephalitis, which can lead to death.
Zika Virus is especially dangerous for women who are pregnant or planning a family because it can result in serious birth defects such as microcephaly. Zika is considered a highly infectious disease because it can be spread through bodily fluids.
Malaria parasites collect in the liver and affect red blood cells. If left untreated, malaria can cause death due to the blood disruption to vital organs.
Measure You Can Take to Protect Your Yard
To control the mosquito population in your yard, the first thing you need to do is dump out any standing water. Replace the water in small pools and bird baths daily. Dump out any water accumulated from rain or the sprinkler system in your yard.
Consider planting mosquito-repellent plants such as catnip, lavender, marigolds, peppermint, and basil. Use mosquito-repellent candles that use citronella.
The most effective thing you can do if you live in an area with mosquitoes is to hire a professional pest control service to spray a barrier around your property. An added benefit of this service is that it is effective against fleas and ticks as well, giving your pets an added layer of summer protection.
Mosquito protection for your yard is your first step to keeping your family and pets safe from mosquito bites and the diseases they carry. Hiring a professional pest control service will ensure your yard stays mosquito-free.