Everyone knows about them. Everyone fears them. Of course, we’re talking about the mosquito! These pesky little pests are some of the most widespread, annoying, and dangerous insects globally. It seems that they are always everywhere where people tend to congregate. This makes it very important for you to protect yourself and the people around you from mosquitoes. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to ensure that these little pests don’t end up biting you.
Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes carry many types of diseases and viruses. From the West Nile Virus to St. Louis Encephalitis, mosquitoes are the carriers of many deadly diseases. Fortunately, there are many measures you can take to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Here are some good preventive measures to do just that.
Find an EPA-approved mosquito repellent that you can use to protect yourself from mosquitoes. This can be a candle or even a body spray. Repellants are among the most common solutions used to keep mosquitoes away and prevent them from biting you. Be sure to follow any directions that come with your mosquito repellant for proper usage and to ensure your safety, as well as the environment.
Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes love being around any standing water. This is why it is of vital importance that you remove any standing water from your property. Mosquitoes use standing water as a breeding zone to lay their eggs in, which is why you tend to see a lot of mosquitoes wherever there is standing water. Remove any standing water from places holding it, such as birdbaths, temporary water holes, and any other places that look appealing to a mosquito. The sooner you do this, the better the chances of avoiding a mosquito bite and preventing a mosquito infestation.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
When in mosquitoes’ presence, it is generally recommended to wear clothing that will cover any exposed skin. This usually means long-sleeved shirts, socks, and pants. Make sure to tuck in your clothes to prevent any mosquitoes from flying into them.
Create Barriers from Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can and will find ways to come into your home. Make sure you cover anything you can to prevent them from entering. Cover any gaps or holes in your house, which includes doors and windows. If you have any door or window screens, make sure that they are in good condition and don’t have areas that mosquitoes can squeeze into.
Use EPA approved pesticides that kill mosquitoes. Of course, you can use them directly on mosquitoes and their habitats. As long as you safely use them and always follow the label for safety, they should be an effective option to keep mosquitoes under control and at bay.
There are always cases where your local government might advise against going outside due to a mosquito-borne disease warning or just out of caution. During situations like these, you should only venture outside when necessary, such as buying any essentials like food, water, and toiletries.
There are many different ways for you to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Many of them require you to take preventative measures to keep them away, and you and your family safe.
There are many treatment options for people who are dealing with mosquito infestations. Here at Meers Pest Solutions, we use the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) method to control and treat mosquito infestations. It is a sustainable system that uses knowledge about the biology of mosquitoes and their interactions with their environment. This results in a method that controls and manages mosquito populations while still protecting your family, property, and the environment. Along with IPM, here are a couple of other treatment options available for dealing with mosquitoes.
Control the Larval Stage
Just like any other pesky bug, there is a larval stage. Controlling mosquitoes at the larval stage is the cheapest and most effective way for you to control their population. Using an EPA approved larvicide can reduce the number of mosquitoes in an area. It works by attacking and killing any larvae in the breeding ground before they turn into adults. Controlling the larval stage of mosquitoes can help reduce the number of pesticides used to kill adult mosquitoes.
Control the Adult Stage
After you’ve gotten control of the mosquitoes’ larval stage, it is time to focus on the adults. Killing adult mosquitoes is one of the fastest ways of controlling a mosquito population. There are trucks and aircraft that can spray a large area with an adulticide. The small airborne pellets from the spray linger in the air just enough to kill mosquitoes that come into contact with them.
Meers Pest Solutions has a Mosquito Management Plan for commercial and residential treatments, including the Mosquito Fortress, an all-natural product to protect you while enjoying the great outdoors. We commonly treat large areas and several towns for mosquito control like country clubs, golf courses, picnic areas, outdoor parties, and wedding venues. Contact us here if you need help treating mosquitoes in your area!
These treatment options are all effective ways to treat any mosquito infestation. They all take into consideration the environment around them and the impact caused by them if used. This is why the IPM method is one of the best ways to treat a mosquito infestation. It does so while also protecting you and the environment.
How State and Local Governments Help Prevent Potential Outbreaks
State and local governments help prevent potential outbreaks in many ways. They work with medical and environmental networks to identify any potential outbreaks and send information to each other. They also ensure that they are prepared to control any mosquito outbreak if they were to occur. One of the best things they do is manage the mosquito control programs. These programs are usually used to educate residents, carry out mosquito prevention, and manage an outbreak. All in all, state and local governments play a vital role in mosquito control.
Mosquitos seem to always bring trouble with them. From just being a nuisance to bringing in all sorts of disease, you don’t want these pesky critters around you and your family. If you begin to notice a potential infestation developing on your property, contact your local pest control experts first to determine the best way to keep them under control.
If you are in the Lubbock or West Texas area, contact us here if you need help identifying and controlling a pest, such as mosquitoes!