During the summer months, mosquitoes can make enjoying your Southern California yard impossible. No one likes having mosquitoes around them as they are so obnoxious. They hover around and look for a chance to suck the blood of a host. Because of this, they can hurt when they bite you, and these bites can be quite itchy for days after.
While most people know that mosquitoes are annoying, they don’t realize that they are also really dangerous. You’ve probably heard about things like West Nile virus, but this might seem like something that will never happen to you. It’s easy to underestimate mosquitoes because they are so common, but they are the deadliest pests in the world. While you probably generally know what mosquitoes look like, here is a more detailed description.
- They are small, flying insects.
- They have translucent wings.
- They have long, thin legs.
- They have an appendage that they use to suck blood, but it’s only the females that do this.
Why Are Mosquitoes So Dangerous?
Most of the time if you get bitten by a mosquito, you won’t have any severe issues. Often, you’ll just be left with red, itchy bumps that annoy you until they heal. And, occasionally, you might notice the bite while it’s happening and feel a slight pain at the site of the bite. But in some areas of the world, and in some cases, mosquitoes are deadly.
Here are some of the risks associated with mosquitoes:
- They are able to spread serious diseases such as West Nile virus, malaria, and dengue fever.
- They also carry and spread many other pathogens.
- They leave people with itchy bumps.
How Can You Prevent Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are difficult to get rid of because they can swarm around particular areas near your home that are out of your control. They also reproduce quickly. The best way to go about preventing mosquitoes is to do things that make your property less appealing to them. While things like bug sprays, candles, and zappers can work for a brief time, they aren’t effective in the long-term. They don’t actually reduce mosquito populations or keep them from coming back.
However, there are some things you can do to make your yard less attractive to mosquitoes, such as:
Remove standing water on your property.
Make sure water features like pools and hot tubs are treated with the right chemicals.
Regularly clean gutters out.
Make sure that rainfall can drain.
The Best Way To Control Mosquitoes
Getting rid of mosquitoes can be hard, and trying to do so on your own is rarely effective. Because they are such dangerous pests, it’s important to greatly reduce their numbers. The best way to do so is to contact the experts at Excel Pest Management. With over 25 years of combined experience, our technicians will keep you and your family safe from mosquitoes. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment for mosquito control treatments.