What You Need To Know To Protect Yourself From Mobile Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are potentially dangerous flying insects that burden those participating in outdoor activity throughout the U.S. In the South, mosquitoes thrive in the environment’s excessive heat and humidity. Mosquitoes are equipped with a proboscis that allows them to pierce the skin and consume the blood of humans and warm-blooded animals. Mosquitoes can locate humans by detecting carbon dioxide, body heat, scent, and other means. People that are bitten by mosquitoes generally will develop small itchy patches on the skin. During the peak midday heat, these pests tend to rest in areas of shade, such as underneath piles of debris, trees, or other taller structures.
How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes?
Most people have a rather mild reaction to mosquito bites; however, these pests can also transmit harmful pathogens as it travels among hosts. Some of the dangerous diseases that can be acquired include the West Nile virus, encephalitis, tularemia, malaria, and many others.
Best Tips For Preventing Mosquitoes
The best way to make your property less attractive to mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water. The Mobile region receives nearly twice the national average for inches of annual rainfall, which can create pools of water. Remove any items from the property that can hold water, including kiddie pools, flower pots, buckets, and old tires. Regularly clean gutters and downspouts to keep water flowing away from the home.
Some of the other best practices include:
Keep your lawn short, and regularly trim back and maintain hedges and shrubs.
Windows and doors should always be kept closed, and any holes in screens should be promptly repaired.
Flying insects are often attracted to traditional types of outdoor lighting. Consider using special “bug bulbs” that emit a yellow light that will attract fewer insects.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and full-length pants to cover the skin, or apply insect repellent, particularly during the hours of dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Do I Need A Professional Pest Exterminator?
Local home improvement stores and online retailers continue to offer various do-it-yourself treatment options that make farfetched claims of solving problems with mosquitoes. Some of these products include aerosol sprays, traps, lighting devices, and foggers that tend to be ineffective. Also, some of these options might contain harmful chemical agents that pose a risk to your health, and our ecosystem.
Those facing significant concerns with mosquitoes and other unwanted pests are encouraged to contact a licensed professional that has the knowledge and tools to efficiently address the problem.
Leading Provider Of Residential Pest Control Services In Mobile
Did you know that the experienced professional team at EnSec Of Alabama now has an Associate Certified Entomologist and a Certified Mosquito Identification Specialist on their staff? These are just two examples of the organization’s commitment to further education, training, and certification. We also have adopted many of the best practices and guidelines of the Florida Pest Management Association, and a host of other industry leaders.
Since 1997, our many customers have relied on us to safely eradicate troublesome pests including mosquitoes, fire ants, bed bugs, termites, and others from their homes. We conduct a thorough inspection of the premises inside and out, and determine the best available treatment options. Contact our office today for an estimate.