We all love our outdoor time in Virginia Beach. From barbecues to pickup games and spending time with the family, there’s nothing better than time on your outdoor deck or out in the yard. Unfortunately, though, mosquitoes can ruin this outdoor fun very quickly. But what you might not know about mosquitoes is that they’re more than just a nuisance to your outdoor activities, they’re actually the most dangerous animals on the planet.
Deadly Disease Transmission
Mosquitoes are unique creatures. The word mosquito actually means "little fly," and there are approximately 3,500 species of these dangerous pests. The good news about mosquitoes is that only the females bite. The bad news is that female mosquitoes will feed on any warm-blooded mammal, from cattle to humans.
Since they utilize a feeding tube to suck the blood of their bite victims, they can pick up all kinds of diseases and bacteria as they feed. These diseases aren’t dangerous to mosquitoes, but they can be very dangerous to future bite victims, including humans. Mosquito bites can lead to harmful medical conditions like malaria, yellow fever, Zika virus, West Nile virus, and more.
While malaria is not as much of an issue in the United States anymore, this disease kills many mosquito victims in other countries. Unfortunately, the other diseases can be just as deadly here in the United States. Mosquito bites actually cause over one million deaths per year, making them the deadliest animals on the planet.
So what attracts mosquitoes to your property, anyway? Female mosquitoes are always on the lookout for their next breeding ground: standing water. Since mosquitoes can breed in any amount of standing water over a half-inch, there is almost always something in a yard that will provide the right conditions.
After a rainstorm, look around your yard. If there’s no pond or swamp nearby, then you’re ahead of the game. However, anything from wheelbarrows to flowerpots or birdbaths can provide great places for mosquitoes to lay eggs and hatch larvae. That’s why pouring these items out promptly will help reduce your chances of a mosquito infestation. You should also maintain your lawn regularly and keep your foliage trimmed.
If you do have a mosquito problem in the yard, try to adhere to the following guidelines:
- Avoid wearing dark colors, as these attract mosquitoes more quickly.
- Only go out in the middle of the day, as dawn and dusk are prime times for mosquito activity.
- Apply mosquito repellent regularly.
- Avoid heavily scented perfumes and shampoos.
Mosquitoes are also highly attracted to anyone with Type O blood and pregnant women, so you should be especially careful if you fall into these categories.
Protection You Can Count On
Instead of stressing about lawn maintenance, shampoos, and limiting standing water every time it rains, why not put your trust in the professional solutions that keep hundreds of Virginia Beach properties almost mosquito-free? With dozens of deadly and harmful diseases on the line, why take a chance on your own methods of mosquito control when a guaranteed solution is just a phone call away?
At Mosquito Elite Pest Control, our service technicians specialize in recognizing problem areas and putting together custom mosquito control plans for your property. With the latest in mosquito-prevention technology, we’ll use sprayers on foliage and install mosquito repellant stations that will discourage any attempts at mosquito reproduction on the property. Plus, we’ll treat any areas of standing water with larvicide, as this is a much more effective technique than pouring the water out regularly. For more mosquito info or for the best in mosquito protection that Virginia Beach has to offer, contact the experts at Mosquito Elite Pest Control. We can help!