How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

With all the recent monsoon rains, Mosquito breeding will be on the rise.   Aside from their capability to carry diseases, such as the West Nile Virus or Yellow fever, mosquitoes can be quite irritating.  We all know them as flying blood suckers that can make us itch for days.  However, there are preventative actions you can take to minimize the risk of mosquitoes and their annoying bite.

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

One way to keep the mosquitoes away is to remove all sitting water sources.  This can include ponds, sewage drains, leaks around your home, puddles, Mosquito Blog PIC 7-6-12excess water in plant trays, and even discarded tires.  These pest need water to reproduce, and these areas are their most convenient location to do so.  After one time of mating, they can produce eggs their whole life. Once a mosquito is ready to breed, they lay their eggs just below the surface of the water.  When their eggs hatch, they go through a larva stage before turning into adult mosquitoes. During the larva stage, blood is used as a protein source for the growth and nourishment of the young.

Some mosquitoes can collect more than four cubic millimeters of blood in their gut. Although loosing such a small portion of blood does not affect us, it is the diseases that mosquitoes can carry that do. When mosquitoes take blood from your system, they don’t actually bite you. The term “mosquito bite” is merely just an expression. Rather than biting, mosquitoes pierce your skin with their proboscis (a tubular part of the mouth) to retain your blood. At the same time that they are sucking your blood, they are injecting salivary secretion. This is what causes itching, or for certain people, allergic reactions. Depending on the type of mosquito, the transmission of blood can cause illness to the recipient. These pest can be either an annoyance, or harmful to our health. If you think you may have a mosquito problem, contact Essential Pest Management for help.

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