Mosquitoes are one of the most consistent causes of annoyance during the warmer months of the year. Nothing spoils a good cookout like the overwhelming presence of mosquitoes. But beyond that, mosquitoes pose significant health risks. This week, we will discuss some of those mosquito-related health concerns, as well as practical steps you can take to control mosquito populations and avoid bites.
Health Risks Associated with Mosquitoes
While the prevalence of mosquito-borne illnesses varies worldwide, the possibility of becoming sick because of a mosquito bite is an important concern. Below are some conditions mosquitoes are known to cause.
1. Mosquito-Borne Illnesses
Mosquitoes can transmit various diseases to humans, including malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, and encephalitis. These diseases can cause flu-like symptoms, severe illness, and even death. Due to effective public health resources in the United States, most of these diseases are absent in local mosquito populations. However, during periods of an outbreak, such as with the Zika virus, mosquitoes in the Four States are more than capable of causing serious illnesses.
2. Allergic Reactions
Some people may experience allergic reactions to mosquito bites, which can cause itching, redness, and swelling. In severe cases, an allergic reaction can cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction that requires immediate medical attention.
3. Skin Infections
Mosquito bites can also lead to skin infections, particularly if the bites are scratched excessively. Scratching mosquito bites can cause the skin to break, allowing bacteria to enter and cause an infection.
4. Transmission of Parasites
Mosquitoes can also transmit parasites, such as the filarial worm, which causes lymphatic filariasis, a disease that can cause severe swelling and deformity of the limbs.
Controlling Mosquito Populations and Preventing Bites
We’ve established that mosquitoes are a nuisance and health risk. Now let’s look at some ways of controlling mosquito populations on your property.
Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so removing stagnant water sources in your yard is critical. Check your gutters, flower pots, bird baths, and any other containers holding water. Be sure to drain them or dump them out regularly to prevent mosquito breeding.
Keep Your Yard Trimmed
Mosquitoes like to rest in tall grass and overgrown vegetation, so mowing and trimming your yard can help discourage their presence. Regularly trim bushes and trees to keep them away from your home.
Use Mosquito Traps
Mosquito traps can be an effective way to control mosquito populations in your yard. Many different types of mosquito traps are available, including CO2-based traps, UV light traps, and sticky traps. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when using these devices.
Get Professional Mosquito Treatments from Bug-A-Way
For the most effective and comprehensive solutions to a mosquito problem, it’s best to get professional help. At Bug-A-Way, we have decades of experience in pest control and can effectively manage an unruly mosquito population on your property.