Mosquitoes are one of summer’s main little annoyances. Whether swarming around your back yard looking for a snack (you) or laying eggs in your swimming pool, mosquitoes are no joke. In addition to leaving itchy bites all over, they can transmit numerous diseases to people, such as the Zika and West Nile viruses.
When it comes to mosquito bites, if a bite seems abnormally large and red, it's always good to talk with a health care professional if you're concerned. But if you’re looking for ways to keep it from getting to that point, McCall Service has some preventive tips to help keep mosquitoes away from you this summer.
3 Mosquito Prevention Tips You Have to Try
Get Rid of Standing Water
Mosquitoes need water for breeding. The females only need about an inch of water in which to lay their eggs. It can take anywhere between a week and a few months for the eggs to hatch. Afterward, the larvae will mature into adults in eight to 10 days. Because of how many eggs a female mosquito can lay at once, these larvae can turn into a massive swarm pretty quickly.
How do you avoid this situation? Look for standing water on your property, including in old tires, buckets, toys and birdbaths. Emptying them will prevent mosquitoes from having a place to breed around your home. If you’re playing in an inflatable swimming pool, flip it over and dump it out once playtime is over. If you’re using an in-ground or above ground pool, keep it covered and regularly clean.
Use Mosquito Repellents
You don't have to stay cooped up indoors during the summer to avoid mosquitoes. Try natural methods for preventing bites, such as wearing light-colored clothing and rubbing essential oils on your skin. While citronella candles can help keep them at bay, you really need to sit right next to the candle to reap its benefits. Putting essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus in small dishes can repel mosquitoes from the area. These oils also work against other nuisance pests such as fleas and ticks. The best way, however, to avoid mosquitoes is to use an insect repellant with DEET.
Clean up Any Clutter in Your Yard
Mosquitoes use shrubs, tall grasses and clutter as places to rest when they're not hunting for food. Mosquito prevention starts with keeping the grass mowed to a short length and the shrubs cut back. It will make the mosquitoes look for resting places away from your property.
Picking up the clutter in your yard will also get rid of their nesting spots. If toys or other clutter have been sitting on the lawn for days, move them to a sheltered location. It doesn’t just help keep them from being damaged. It also helps to prevent mosquito infestations.
The Best Mosquito Remedies from the Pros
Even the best DIY mosquito remedies can't top the treatments from pest control professionals. Are mosquitoes dangerous? Yes. Should you have to stay indoors all the time to avoid them? Absolutely not. Let the mosquito prevention experts at McCall Service inspect your property for breeding sites and apply curative and preventive treatments to stop bothersome infestations.