In an article for 360 Magazine, Mosquito Authority Chief Science Officer Dr. Craig Stoops outlines three ways to prevent mosquito bites around your home.
The first way to limit mosquito exposure is source reduction. Because many mosquito species prefer to breed and lay their eggs in standing water, they often congregate around things like bird baths and discarded items around the yard. To avoid this, Dr. Stoops recommends “emptying and cleaning bird baths and discarding items that can hold water” to reduce the mosquito population near your house.
Dr. Stoops also highlights the importance of using EPA-approved mosquito repellents. Dr. Stoops highly recommends using repellents containing DEET and lists other options for repellents such as picaridin, IR3535, and lemongrass oil.
Dr. Stoops’ last recommendation for preventing mosquito bites is to hire a professional mosquito control service. According to Dr. Stoops, “Pest control operators specifically trained in identifying the mosquitoes in your yard and recommending an integrated control program can be a great way to provide season-long relief from mosquito bites.” When choosing a mosquito control company, it is important to hire certified professionals who are experts in their field. For the full article and more information on preventing mosquito bites around your home, click here.
Whether you’re going on an outdoor adventure or just hanging out in your backyard, making sure you and your family are protected from mosquitoes is a top priority. Mosquitoes can carry a variety of dangerous diseases, from Zika virus to West Nile virus. So, while we do recommend hiring Mosquito Authority to mosquito-proof your home, it is always good to have a few natural mosquito repellents and treatments at your disposal for day-to-day activities.
Observed on August 20th, World Mosquito Day is a time to stress the importance of protection against and control of mosquitoes. The first step towards better mosquito control is educating yourself on the effects of these pests and knowing how they can endanger you and your loved ones. Here’s what you should know about World Mosquito Day and why it is vital to learn the facts when it comes to these pests.
Fifty-two billion people—almost half of the cumulative human population—are thought to have perished at the hands of a creature no bigger than a fingernail: the mosquito. In his new book The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator, historian Timothy Winegard exposes this insect as not merely an itchy pest, but a force of nature that has dictated the outcome of significant events throughout human history. From ancient Athens to World War II, Winegard highlights key moments when mosquito-borne diseases caused militaries to crumble, great leaders to fall ill, and populations to be left vulnerable to invasion.
While it is rare, mosquitoes can transmit a number of diseases including West Nile Virus and Equine Encephalitis. You can find information regarding disease outbreaks in your area through your physician, your local health department, and CDC.gov.