Mosquitos are considered to be one of the most dangerous creatures on Earth because of their ability to spread deadly disease. In May and June, we start to get a lot of questions about mosquito control. While our area does not face the threats that many countries in the world face due to mosquitos, there are still numerous reasons to get the mosquito population under control and avoid getting bitten. With the recent rise in Zika and West Nile Virus, it’s time to protect yourself and your family by learning how to avoid mosquito bites. Here are some tips:
Eliminate Mosquito Habitat
While it may seem simple, removing the standing water in your yard where mosquitoes breed is one of the best ways to prevent mosquito bites. Dump out kiddie pools, toys, and buckets around your yard that may have collected water. Change water in bird baths weekly, and if you have a swimming pool, use pool treatment regularly and keep the water circulating.
Seal Entry Points to Your Home
To prevent mosquitoes from entering your home, cover any holes or gaps in walls, doors, and window. It is also important to check that your door and window screens are in good condition. If you find holes, replace them as soon as possible.
Avoid Mosquito Bites
Most varieties of mosquitoes are active between dusk and dawn, but some are out during the day as well. This means that the best way to avoid bites is by wearing protective clothing. If weather permits, wear long sleeved shirts, pants, and socks to prevent exposed skin. During warm weather when excess clothing is not ideal, make sure you use an EPA approved repellent and follow directions carefully. If mosquitoes are particularly bad near dusk, stay indoors as much as possible.
Know the Mosquito Situation
Pay attention to the mosquito situation and know the risks. As of May 31, 2017, there have been 123 symptomatic Zika cases reported to the CDC this year, almost all from people returning from infected areas outside of the U.S. In our area, 2 cases have been reported in Kansas and 1 in Missouri. The impact is minimal right now, but it is important to be vigilant. Start now to make wise decisions to protect your family’s health and avoid those pesky mosquitoes this summer. Most mosquito control is done at a local level through individual pest control treatment plans. For Kansas City Mosquito Control, Six Brothers Pest Control in Kansas City can help. Give us a call and we can address any mosquito concerns you might have.