Why Mosquitoes Bite People
Mosquitoes do not drink blood, or at least adult mosquitoes do not. In fact, only females have the piercing mouth parts needed to draw blood from humans and animals. They need this blood to provide nutrients for their eggs. These eggs are laid inside stagnant pools of water and take just under a week to hatch. Newly hatched larvae then develop quickly into adulthood. What do mosquitoes eat when they are fully grown? Both male and female mosquitoes live on nectar. They even help the environment by spreading pollen the way bees and wasps do. They are not enough of a benefit, however, for you to spare their lives on your property. You should always avoid these pests as much as possible as they can sometimes be dangerous.
The Infectious Diseases Mosquitoes Can Spread
Mosquitoes pose one serious threat to humans. They spread disease. They are especially dangerous in third-world countries where there is limited access to medical care and rampant blood-borne diseases, such as malaria, in some communities. Here in the United States, people are bitten less frequently, diseases are less widespread, and there is access to treatments for mosquito-borne diseases. Keeping all of this in mind, outbreaks still occur and you can get sick. Some common diseases spread by mosquitoes are malaria, West Nile Virus, and chikungunya. If you feel sick and suspect you might have a blood-borne disease, consult your doctor for treatment. To avoid bites in general, we recommend putting in place some form of preventative measures.
Five No-Sweat Tips To Prevent Mosquito Bites
In order to keep mosquitoes away from your property, you need to either invest in professional mosquito control in East Cobb or put in place some preventative measures. Here are five no-sweat tips we recommend:
Eliminate sources of water build-up after rainfall.
Make sure your gutters are in good working order and clean of debris.
Change the water in pools and birdbaths on your property once every four to five days.
Address areas of your yard where water regularly builds up after rainfall by filling in holes and terraforming as needed.
Install fans around outdoor lounging areas.
Although helpful, DIY methods will not solve your mosquito problem completely. For better protection against mosquitoes, call in a pest control professional.
How To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Home And Yard
At Tuxedo Mosquito Control, we specialize in addressing mosquito problems. It all starts with a thorough inspection. We will identify where mosquitoes are breeding on your property and suggest some treatment methods to address your problem. Our services are designed for year-round protection and will be adjusted for your individual property. If you are looking for a way to keep mosquitoes away from an outdoor event center, we have services for this as well.
Jump over to our mosquito control page now to learn more about our treatment options in East Cobb, or call us for more information. We would be happy to answer questions you have and find a service time that best fits your needs.