Mosquitoes are most well known for their pesky biting habits, which can leave itchy, red bumps. But the real threat posed by this pest is their ability to transmit numerous diseases including West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, dengue and encephalitis.
Although many of these diseases are rare in the U.S., some – including West Nile virus – are more common. In fact, the CDC reports there were more than 700 cases of West Nile virus in the U.S. in 2011, resulting in 43 deaths. According to the CDC, symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, and in some cases, skin rash and swollen lymph glands.
Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Eliminate or reduce standing water on your property, which can be a breeding site for mosquitoes. Drain flower pots, swimming pool covers, barrels and other objects that can collect water on a weekly basis. Add a fountain or drip system to ponds and birdbaths on your property to keep water fresh.
- Repair or replace any torn screens on windows and doors.
- Use an insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin on exposed skin whenever outside for prolonged periods.
If you’re concerned that you have mosquitoes in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.