Spring is approaching, which means it’s time for baseball, flowers and, of course, mosquitoes. You don’t see mosquitoes much during the winter because they thrive in warmer temperatures. However, once the temperature reaches 50 degrees or warmer, expect to see an increase in mosquito activity. Some parts of Florida begin to see mosquitoes in late February. Activity will increase throughout the summer and decrease again as fall approaches.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance when they are inside or outside your home. Bites can be annoying to everyone, especially children. Some may even develop allergic reactions, not to mention that mosquitoes spread illnesses as well. Unfortunately, mosquito bites can also lead to fatalities in rare cases.
Protect your family this spring and summer by keeping mosquitoes away from your home. A Wellington exterminator can help you with your mosquito problem so you and your family stay healthy and free of bites.
Dangers of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are small but deadly. In fact, they are one of the most dangerous creatures on Earth, killing more than 1 million people annually just by transmitting the malaria virus. With just one small bite, mosquitoes have the ability to spread other diseases as well, such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, dengue fever and yellow fever.
Many of these diseases cause infections with symptoms such as fever, chills, rashes, headaches, nausea, eye pain, and back and joint pain. West Nile virus can cause inflammation of the brain, and in severe cases, coma and death. Children and the elderly are the most at risk of developing severe symptoms.
Mosquito Bite Prevention
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prevent yourself and your children from being bitten by pesky mosquitoes. The most effective thing you can do is wear insect repellent. Look for repellents that have ingredients such as DEET, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone and picaridin. Always follow the instructions on the label for best results. If using with sunscreen, apply sunscreen first.
Make it difficult for mosquitoes to bite by covering up skin. It may be difficult to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants in the hot summer heat, but doing so will keep you protected. You may wish to treat your clothes with permethrin for added protection. Mosquitoes tend to be more aggressive at night, so you may want to stay indoors once the sun goes down.
To cool down, use your air conditioner rather than open up doors. If you use screen doors, make sure there are no holes allowing mosquitos to enter the home. Keep in mind that mosquitoes lay eggs near water, so look around outside for buckets, toys, pools, trash containers and other receptacles that have water in them and dump it out.
Protect Your Children With Mosquito Pest Control
Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they also carry various diseases—some which can be very harmful. Keep your children safe, healthy and itch-free by eliminating these pests.
If your home is infested with mosquitoes, ants, or other bugs, take control by contacting Empire Pest Defense for the best in Wellington, FL pest control. We will help you create a customized approach to pest control. Call (561) 798-7216 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.