As small as they are, mosquitoes are some of planet Earth’s most annoying and deadliest creatures. These pesky little insects are connected to more than one million deaths yearly.
Mosquitoes aren’t poisonous, but they can carry deadly diseases like West Nile Virus, which they can pass onto humans when they bite. All it takes is one infected mosquito to bite someone and the virus to start spreading.
San Antonio has its fair share of mosquitoes; many aren’t carrying West Nile, but you never know. Since you can’t tell which mosquitoes can spread disease, it’s so essential for you to prevent mosquito bites. Protect your family from West Nile Virus and other dangerous diseases by calling Romney Pest Control today.
Mosquito Control and Prevention Tips
Hiring a professional to handle mosquito prevention is always a good idea. Still, there are a few things you can do to help control the pesky creatures and keep them at bay.
Mosquitoes love moisture, so reducing the amount of it and access they have to it can keep them away from your San Antonio home. You’ll want to fix leaks, ensure the hoses are turned off, etc.
Be sure to check that all rainwater is draining properly and not becoming stagnant on your property.
Make Hiding Places Less Inviting
Like other pests, mosquitoes hide at certain times of the day. Mosquitoes like to hide in the shade to avoid the sunlight. They’ll look for areas in your vegetation and anywhere that can provide them protection.
You can make these areas less inviting by planting vegetation that mosquitoes dislike, such as rosemary, catnip, and citronella grass.
Leaf Clean Up
Raking leaves can be a tedious task, but it’s not something you’ll want to put off. When leaves accumulate on your property, vernal pools can form and attract larger amounts of mosquitoes. Always rake and bag your leaves and get them off your property as soon as possible.
Reduce Breeding Sites
Did you know mosquitoes only need half a cup of water to breed? These creatures can lay eggs in minimal amounts of water, creating a larger problem for you and your family. Remove or adequately store anything in your yard that can collect water, like tarps, so you can prevent breeding grounds from forming. Other ways to reduce breeding sites include:
- Flip kiddie pools over
- Create slants so water runs off objects
- Have a professional apply larvicides to your yard
Preventing Mosquito Bites
It’s not always possible to prevent all mosquito bites. Still, since it’s impossible to know which ones are carrying West Nile Virus and other life-threatening ones, you should do everything in your power to prevent bites in the first place. Here are some helpful tips to help prevent mosquitoes from biting you and your family:
- Eliminate stagnant water where they can breed
- Use a repellent that includes DEET
- Cover your arms and legs when outside, especially in peak mosquito season
- Limit how much time you spend outside between dusk and dawn
- Keep all windows closed or ensure they have intact screens when they’re open so mosquitoes can’t get inside
- Wear light-colored clothing
- Use outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes away
- Limit physical activity outside
- Try to keep your body temperature at a normal level since they’re attracted to elevated body temperatures
Most of these are easy to implement into your life to prevent potentially contracting a life-threatening disease. Even if you do everything on our list above, a mosquito can still bite you.
Hiring a professional to help target mosquitoes, their eggs, and larvae can help keep you and your family safe from West Nile Virus and more. We offer treatment options that are not only effective but pet and kid-friendly.
Even though mosquitoes might not be your biggest concern when it comes to pests, you shouldn’t take them lightly. Mosquitoes not only create itchiness when they bite but can also carry dangerous diseases, like West Nile.
Keep yourself and your family safe in your San Antonio home by calling Romney Pest Control to help tackle mosquito control. Before infected mosquitoes bite, give us a call today!