Summer is the perfect time to enjoy barbecues, days at the pool, camping, and other outdoor activities. While warm weather creates the perfect backdrop for spending time outside, there is one sneaky pest that can make it seem like a total chore. You guessed it, summer is mosquito season. Although mosquitoes can make summer nights itchier, you don’t have to spend the next few months locked up inside avoiding these pesky bloodsuckers. Knowing more about mosquitos will help you make the most of your summer.
What happens if a mosquito bites me?
Mosquito bites usually result in harmless itching, swelling, and redness. The reaction that follows a mosquito bite is the human body’s natural response to some of the antibodies in mosquito saliva. A reaction to bites might take a day to develop and can last up to a week. If the itching is on the extreme side, there are a variety of over-the-counter anti-itch remedies that can help.
Don’t mosquitoes carry disease?
While bites are usually harmless, mosquitoes can be known to carry a variety of diseases such as West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Malaria (in some countries), and most recently Zika. These diseases spread as a mosquito sucks the blood of someone infected and transmits to another unsuspecting victim. The best prevention is to avoid mosquito bites altogether, however most of these illnesses are controllable with access to the correct treatments.
Where do mosquitoes lay their eggs?
Mosquitoes usually lay eggs in areas of stagnant water such as small puddles, lakes, and sedentary pools. If you can, it is best to avoid these areas altogether or wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin. In your own yard it is a good idea to keep an eye on and eliminate (if necessary) areas of stagnant or pooling water, such as bird baths, baby pools, and decorative ponds.
How fast do mosquitoes multiply?
It takes between one to two weeks for mosquitoes to fully mature whereupon they usually live between 5 to 7 days. While this might seem like an extremely short lifespan, mosquitoes are quick to multiply – especially when the conditions are ideal.
How do I prevent mosquitoes from biting me?
The best way to stay bite free is to apply insect repellent when you know you are going to be outside. Most types of consumer-grade insect repellent are effective especially over short periods of time. If you are looking for even more protection, pick up some bug lamps or torches that also emit mosquito repellent. It can provide some excellent decoration for your backyard and keep bugs away. Additionally, if it’s not too hot outside long sleeves and pants offer a great barrier to shield your skin from mosquitos.
Where will I encounter mosquitoes?
Unfortunately, there aren’t many places you will not find mosquitoes – unless you find yourself in Antarctica. However, they are generally more populous in warmer climates and areas that are humid or feature multiple bodies of water.
Although mosquitoes are a pest, they are a pest that can be defeated. By clearing areas of stagnant water and stocking up on a sufficient supply of insect repellent, you will be able to enjoy summer nights free of bites. Remember, even if you do get bit, you will only itch for a couple of days before the itching and swelling subsides.
At Mick’s Exterminating, we can take care of any and all pest issues – including mosquitoes. For more information on how we can help, call 636-978-5700.