Is there anything more irritating than the unbearably itchy bites that mosquitoes leave behind? We don’t think so either. If you’re tired of letting mosquitoes ruin your summertime fun, ValuePest is here to help. Continue reading to discover some of our best tips for preventing mosquito bites.
Why Is It So Important to Prevent Mosquito Bites?
Mosquitoes are one of the most dreaded pests because they are known to carry and transmit diseases that cause human illnesses. These diseases are contracted by the mosquito when it bites an infected animal and, in turn, it passes on the illness to the next animal or human it bites.
Some of the diseases attributed to mosquitoes include Zika virus, malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, and La Crosse encephalitis.
Most of the time, the bites you receive from mosquitoes will just be itchy, red, slightly swollen, and uncomfortable for a short period of time. The irritation you experience from these bites can easily be treated with anti-itch creams and cool, damp cloths.
However, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience the following symptoms after being bitten by mosquitoes:
- A fever
- Extreme swelling
- An infection
- A persistent headache
- Troubles breathing
- A rash
- Extreme fatigue
What You Can Do to Reduce the Risk of Being Bitten by Mosquitoes
There are a number of precautions you can take to prevent mosquito bites.
- Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites
Mosquitoes will breed in just about any source of standing water, even if it is incredibly small. Several examples of standing water sources that mosquitoes can use as a breeding ground include a bottle cap containing water, a tire with water, an overwatered plant, a cup of water, a birdbath, a pet bowl, a stagnant pool, a pond, and more. To reduce the population of mosquitoes on your property, and therefore, reduce your risk of getting bitten, it is important to eliminate any sources of standing water.
- Protect Yourself with Repellents
If you are going to go outside in an area with mosquitoes, be sure to apply repellent to any areas of exposed skin. We recommend using spray-on repellents that contain DEET, but there are plenty of other options available to you (including Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and more). You can also place citronella candles, mosquito-repelling lanterns, and other mosquito-repelling devices around your property.
Keep in mind that your pets are also attractive to mosquitoes, so ask your vet about pet-friendly mosquito repellent options.
- Use Fans
If you plan to have an outside party, we recommend using electric fans outside. Mosquitoes are very weak flyers and are easily blown away in the presence of fans.
- Wear Light-Colored Clothing
Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors such as black, blue, or red. Wearing colors such as these can make you a much easier target, so we recommend wearing light-colored clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
- Plant Mosquito-Repelling Plants
There are many plants you can add to your garden that naturally repel mosquitoes.
To keep mosquitoes out of your yard, you should plant:
- Scented geraniums
- Avoid Peak Mosquito Times
While mosquitoes are active all day long, dawn and dusk are the most popular mosquito feeding times. It is best to avoid going outside during these times if you can help it.
- Schedule Routine Pest Control
The very best way to protect your home and reduce the mosquito population in your yard is to schedule routine pest control. Pest control professionals are equipped with top-quality products and equipment that enable them to effectively eliminate mosquitoes and prevent them from returning in the future.
Call ValuePest Today!
At ValuePest, we take great pride in offering the most comprehensive and affordable pest control in the country. That’s right, you won’t find anyone else who offers complete pest protection for such a low price! Thanks to our ValuePest Ultimate System, you can enjoy total pest protection for your yard and home, which includes ALL pests. Our team doesn’t believe in excluding any pests from our pest program just so we can charge you an arm and a leg for those “extra” services down the line.
When you turn to us for mosquito control, we will also treat your yard for the following pests, and more:
- Bed bugs
- Bees and wasps
- Indian meal moths
Why settle for just any pest control company when you can have the very best? Choose ValuePest to receive the premium-quality, year-round service and lasting results you need and deserve. That’s the way pest control should be!
Call ValuePest at (888) 617-1101 for reliable mosquito control services. We can also be reached online.