Summer is in full swing--and so are the mosquito populations! Mosquitoes are all too common to our beautiful Gulf Coast area. They are called the deadliest animal on the planet because the 3,000-known species of mosquito transmits more diseases than any other animal on the planet. All mosquito species are capable of carrying disease. However, three in particular are known for being the deadliest: Anopheles, Culex, and Aedes. Between them, these three species can transmit malaria, filariasis (elephantiasis), encephalitis, West Nile, yellow fever, and dengue.
Not every mosquito carries a deadly disease. But, their uncomfortable bite—in addition to the possibility of disease—is an important reason to take as many precautions as possible to keep them from you and your home.
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Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes Away from Your Body
Keeping mosquitoes from biting you, especially if you are trying to enjoy the beautiful summer and fall weather in Florida and Alabama, is an important part of being outside. Here are a few things that you can do to make yourself less appealing.
- Wear bug spray. This is the best way to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Wristbands and candles do not work as well as sprays, so we recommend always using an effective bug spray when spending time outdoors.
- Wear light colored and loose-fitting clothing. The best fabrics are cotton and linen. Not only will these help to deter bites, but they are also quite a bit cooler in the Gulf Coast summer heat.
- Using a fan, especially in combination with either citronella candles or diffusers, can significantly cut down on your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes when outdoors.
Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes Away from Your Home
The best thing you can do to keep mosquitoes away from your body is to keep them away from your home. Our top tips for achieving peace from mosquitoes include
- The most fool-proof method from removing those annoying pests from your yard is to call in the professionals. If you are in the Gulf Coast of Alabama or the panhandle of Florida, Ensec Pest & Lawn is a great company to call.
- Remove all standing water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so removing any source of that in your yard will help to keep them away.
- Plant mosquito repelling plants like citronella, rosemary, lavender, and basil. An additional benefit is that all of those plants smell great to humans.
- Try to attract bats and bird species to your yard. You do not want these animals living in your house, however, so make sure and set up domiciles for them—like bat or bird houses—in your yard. Both bats and certain bird specifies like purple martins, swallows, and some songbirds eat mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes can be annoying and dangerous. But, just because you live in a climate that supports thousands of mosquitoes doesn’t mean you have to deal with them in your yard. Any of our tips above will help to keep those annoying pests away from your and your family this year.
Finally, remember that if you cannot keep the mosquito population around you down, then you should always hire a professional pest removal company like Ensec Pest & Lawn. They back everything by their Maximum Protection Guarantee, so you know that your family will be protected. If you live in Alabama or Florida, call or email Ensec today.