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Mosquitoes Are Considered A Risk To Public Health In East Cobb

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About The Breeding Habits Of Mosquitoes

Only female mosquitoes bite humans, birds, reptiles, frogs, cattle, and other animals. The mosquitoes do not pierce your skin to get their daily energy needs supplied, but rather, they draw blood to enable egg production. 

Once the female has the iron, protein, and amino acids she needs from the blood and the eggs have subsequently developed, she will look for a place to deposit them. For a location to be acceptable, it must have stagnant water with organic food particles provided by plants and animals for the emerging larvae to grow into adulthood. 

Mosquitoes, like Asian tiger mosquitoes, use items as small as bottle caps to deposit eggs, but most place eggs in bigger human-made or natural water containers. Breeding grounds for mosquitoes around East Cobb homes include old tires, baby pools, bird baths, pool covers, clogged gutters, drainage ditches, large puddles, ponds, and retention ponds. 

Mosquitoes Can Cause Allergic Reactions And Spread Disease

Only about 12 mosquito species spread disease in the United States. Malaria is the most famous virus spread by mosquitoes, but fortunately, it is not a killer in our country due to available treatments. However, that does not mean that mosquitoes in Georgia do not present a health risk to East Cobb residents. The three common mosquitoes in our area, Asian Tiger, anopheles, and the culex mosquito, are capable of spreading the following diseases:

  • West Nile virus
  • Eastern equine encephalitis
  • Chikungunya
  • Dengue
  • Tularemia
  • Malaria

Other diseases you can get from mosquitoes outside of the United States include the Zika virus and yellow fever. 

In addition to diseases, mosquito saliva can cause allergic reactions, known as skeeter syndrome, resulting in itching, swelling, bumps, and bruises at the bite site or nearby. In rare cases, a mosquito bite may trigger difficulty in breathing (anaphylaxis).

Six Naturally Effective Mosquito Prevention Tips

Use these six simple methods for mosquito prevention around your East Cobb house: 

  1. Provide proper drainage to ditches.
  2. Prune trees and shrubs to keep the ground below dry. 
  3. Remove leaf and wood piles from the yard.
  4. Elevate firewood piles to allow airflow.
  5. Eliminate water-storing containers and items.
  6. Clean out gutters to prevent standing water.

Maintaining a dry and clean area around your house will help get rid of mosquitoes by discouraging breeding. 

The Experts To Know For Quality Mosquito Control

While the prevention tips above will reduce the current mosquito population, the best way to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard is to create a barrier around the home. When our mosquito technicians from Tuxedo Mosquito Control inspect the area around your East Cobb property, we will determine the hot spots, attractions, and potential breeding grounds. Next, we will install our MistAway misting system to deliver time-release insecticides around your house to create a barrier against a mosquito infestation. Because our system is automated, you will not have to worry about mosquito control again! Contact us today for mosquito control in East Cobb.

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