Typically, when you’re swatting away mosquitoes, you’re most likely outside. But what if you notice these pesky bugs inside your home? Mosquitoes can be considered one of the most irritating pests during the warmer seasons. They’re usually found in areas of high humidity and survive by sucking blood from animals and humans. When you’re relaxing at home after a long day of work, the last thing you want to worry about is getting bit by one or several of these pests. Though, if you’re starting to see them inside your home, it’s probably time to start investigating.
Mosquitoes could easily sneak inside your home through broken screens or doors. Mosquitoes are extremely small, and if there’s a slightest gap open to enter your home, they will. Begin to inspect the screens, windows, and doors in your home. Make sure there aren’t any large gaps or tears that would allow any bugs to enter the home.
Mosquitoes are attracted to still and stagnant water. There’s a high chance of mosquito activity if your property is near standing water with a constant water source. Mosquitoes could easily enter your home and lay their eggs; female mosquitoes will lay eggs in water for survival.
House plants are also known to attract mosquitoes inside the house. If your house plant has a water tray, mosquitoes will typically start to lay their eggs there while also feeding off the plant to get energy. Clean out your water trays periodically to prevent mosquitoes from laying more eggs.
One factor that not all homeowners will think about is a possible plumbing problem attracting mosquitoes. Simple leaks with small pools of water will certainly attract these pests. Mosquitoes are not only attracted to just areas of moisture, they can also be found in shaded, covered areas. Make sure to check crawl spaces, basements, and other areas where a pipe could leak.
Finally, if you’ve inspected all these possible factors and are still being infested with mosquitoes or want to put in place a mosquito prevention plan, call a local pest control company where they can investigate the problem and create a mosquito reduction program designed for your home.
The sun is shining, the warm breeze is blowing, you’ve got your feet up, unwinding from the week, when…OUCH! That moment of relaxation you’ve been waiting for was suddenly interrupted by a painful mosquito bite. At this point you’re annoyed, thinking about going back inside to avoid more bites, or wondering if you should make an appointment with your doctor to check for Zika or West Nile. What a summer bummer!
Mosquitoes not only pose serious risks for your family, but pets are a target too. Heartworms are parasites transmitted to dogs and cats through mosquito bites, that live in pets’ bloodstream, lungs and heart, and can cause serious, even deadly, side effects.
Don’t let mosquitoes suck the life out of your summer. Protect family and pets and take back your yard with these easy mosquito bite prevention tips:
Attack Mosquitoes at the Source
Mosquitoes breed in areas with stagnant, standing water like fountains and water features, toys, buckets, outdoor pet bowls, bird baths, clogged gutters, vases, flowerpot saucers, old tires or tire swings, rain barrels, trash cans and trash can lids, tarps, kiddie pools, and pool covers. The best way to prevent mosquito bites is to remove these items/areas and to treat your yard with mosquito control products. This is included in a monthly mosquito reduction program and is guaranteed to drastically reduce the number of mosquitoes in and around your yard.
Use Insect Repellent
One of the best ways to prevent Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases is to use skin-applied insect repellent when you’re going to be outside. Formulas that contain DEET and picaridin were found to be most effective at preventing mosquito bites (and those with natural plant oils least effective), according to Consumer Reports.
If you really want to further prevent bites, keep arms and legs covered when outdoors with light-colored, loose clothing. Sometimes this can be just as uncomfortable as getting bitten, though, with the scorching summer heat. If you leave skin exposed, be sure to reapply insect repellent often (especially if you’ll be swimming).
Consider using fans in areas you’ll be hanging out this summer – on decks, patios, around pools, etc. Mosquitoes are weak fliers so the winds from fans will make it hard for them to get close enough to bite.
Are you a mosquito magnet? Do you live in a warm humid climate? Do you have children and pets that love to enjoy time outside during the summer? If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading.
Mosquitoes are a huge annoyance here in Atlanta and throughout the world. Not only are mosquito bites painful but they carry a variety of dangerous diseases. And they can be a real downer when you’re trying to spend time outdoors. So is there a way to prevent mosquitoes? The answer is yes. There are several ways you can eliminate and prevent mosquitoes from around your home and yard.
1. Remove Mosquito Breeding Areas
Mosquitoes will breed almost anywhere that stagnant, standing water is present. Be sure and put toys away, remove any buckets, containers, debris or trash, correct any drainage issues, and keep gutters clean. If you have fountains, bird baths, or any other feature that contains water, change the water often (at least once a week).
2. Make Plans
Mosquitoes are most active in the late afternoon and evening. If you’re making outside plans, try and schedule activities before sunset.
3. Replace Outdoor Lighting
The EPA recommends using yellow “bug” lights in all of your outdoor lighting fixtures. These will not repel mosquitoes but also won’t attract them like standard lights will.
4. Wear Light-colored Clothing
Mosquitoes are drawn to dark colors. While wearing lighter colored clothing doesn’t guarantee you won’t be bitten, it will help make you a less attractive food source.
5. Use Fans & Candles
Citronella candles have a mild effect at deterring mosquitoes. You can also set up fans in areas where you spend the most time outside, like on decks or patios since mosquitoes are weak fliers.
6. Use Mosquito Repellent
Find an insect repellent labeled specifically for mosquitoes. There are many options available including natural repellents. Use the EPA’s helpful tool to find a mosquito repellent that’s right for you and your family.
7. Get a Professional Opinion
You can take all the precautions for mosquito prevention and still get bitten. Having your property inspected by a professional mosquito control company will give you more insight into the problem areas – potential or existing mosquito breeding sites – and provide you with options for mosquito treatments. Most mosquito control companies either utilize a combination of larvicide and adulticide mosquito treatments or mosquito misting systems. Contact your local exterminator to find out which one is right for your home.
How to Treat a Mosquito Bite
If you spend any time outside, especially in the Southern states, there is a good chance you will get a mosquito bite. The female mosquito (males don’t bite) feed on blood. Once they bite they cause a minor allergic reaction. You will most often see the skin raise and turn red. The itch comes from the allergic reaction to the saliva, an anticoagulant, that the mosquito injects while sucking your blood.
So how can you treat a mosquito bite?
- Wash the affected area with soap and water or rubbing alcohol to remove any excess saliva that is still on the skin.
- Apply ice to the bite as soon as you become aware that you’ve been bitten. Ice will help alleviate pain and swelling.
- Apply an anti-itch medication to the area of the bite. You can also try home remedies such as applying toothpaste, baking soda, mouth wash, or Epsom salt.
- Although it can be difficult, avoid scratching. Scratching will only further aggravate the itch and prolong healing.
How to avoid getting bit by a mosquito:
- Have your property treated by a licensed mosquito control company.
- Apply an insect repellent to deter mosquitoes.
- Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed toed shoes when possible.
- Read our blog 10 Ways to Prevent Mosquito Bites