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Avoid Mosquitoes This Spring

April 17, 2017


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Spring is time for barbecues, outdoor hikes, and gatherings around an outdoor fire. We plant our gardens, mow our lawns, and start spending more hours outside than we do indoors. We aren’t alone when we spend the days outside in the spring. Mosquitoes are waiting to greet you. Here are some important facts and our favorite tips to help you avoid mosquitoes this spring.

Dangers of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are pesky, and their bites cause intense itching. We all know people who seem to attract these blood-thirsty pests. Chances are, if you landed here, you are one of those people. If you are surrounded by mosquitoes, they pose a risk to your health. In fact, they have been called one of the most dangerous bugs in the world; and here’s why.

They Spread Disease

Mosquitoes spread disease, and not just one or two. Mosquitoes spread Zika virus, malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever, and yellow fever. Common symptoms of many of these mosquito-borne viruses include fever, chills, headache, nausea, and joint pain. Babies born to mothers who have been infected with Zika virus can be born with enlarged heads, a birth defect called microcephaly. There is also a chance that you could be infected with a mosquito disease and not exhibit symptoms until it is too late.

Infection

If you don’t get a disease from a mosquito, you are not out of the woods. Mosquito bites cause intense itching, which prompts you to scratch. Scratching mosquito bites can break the skin, allowing bacteria to enter the new wound. This can cause a secondary infection at the bite site. Elderly persons, children, and other at-risk populations are especially susceptible to infection.

What to Do About Mosquitoes

If you are surrounded by mosquitoes, Tiki torches and citronella are not enough to keep these pests at bay. You need to get rid of them. Before we get into how to remove mosquitoes from your property, the most important method we need to talk about is keeping them away from you to reduce the risk of being bitten. To keep mosquitoes away from you and your family, apply a repellent with DEET, wear long sleeves and pants when hiking or walking, and avoid putting on lotion and perfume before going outside.

To keep mosquitoes away from your property, you need to hit them at their source – the larvae and the breeding ground. Remove all standing water around your home. Standing water is what attracts mosquitoes to your property and allows them to breed. Call the professionals at Action Pest Control in Lexington for a one-two punch to get rid of mosquitoes. Action Pest Control methods include a thorough inspection, a review of your needs, and identifying breeding hot beds on your property. The technician then presents you with the findings to help create a personalized plan to curb mosquito activity. The treatment we use is approved by the EPA and designed to get the mosquitoes at the source.

Don’t let mosquitoes sour your spring activities and outdoor fun. You’ve been waiting all winter for this. Call Action Pest Control today for your mosquito inspection this spring.




 

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