It is nice to finally see winter in the rearview mirror. Although winter was relatively mild, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief knowing we can finally put away the shovels and snow blower, pull out the flip flops, and enjoy more time outside. Winter is gone and spring has arrived, but it brought mosquitoes with it.
Dangers of a Mild Winter
We can name a few concerns of having a mild winter. Your spring flowers face troubles, animals emerge from hibernation too soon, and the lawn mowing starts sooner than you’d like. Unfortunately, there is one more concern of the mild winter, the active mosquito season. All the pests come out sooner, stronger, and in larger populations.
Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are affected by the mild winter weather we experienced this year. The freezing temps that normally kill some pests were missing. Instead, bugs survive and multiply if they can find a place to escape the lower temperatures. That means mosquitoes are out sooner and they are out in greater numbers. Mild winters give mosquitoes more time to reproduce.
Dangers of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are annoying, their bites are painful, and they carry dangerous diseases. Common diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are:
- Zika virus
- Chikungunya infection
- West Nile virus
- Yellow fever
Symptoms include fever, joint pain, swelling, and sometimes death. Babies born to mothers infected with Zika virus may be born with birth defects.
Ways to Avoid Mosquitoes
Avoiding mosquitoes is next to impossible when you try to tackle it on your own. While you can take steps to seek refuge in your yard, you are exposed to mosquitoes as soon as you go for a walk, take a bike ride, go to a barbecue at a friend’s, or walk into work. You need to think about protecting yourself to minimize your exposure.
Tips to avoid mosquitoes:
- Wear a bug repellent with DEET, and apply it often. You will need to reapply every 4 hours to stave away mosquitoes. If you are active, you will need to reapply more often.
- Don’t wear lotions, perfumes, or body sprays when you go outside.
- Keep your skin covered with hats, sleeves, and pants.
- Remove standing water around your home. This includes bird baths, puddles, leaking faucets, kid pools, and animal bowls.
- Wear light colors when you are outside.
- Keep gutters and drains free from leaves.
- Keep the air moving. You can do this by putting fans outside.
Unfortunately, citronella, wristbands, and essential oils do very little (okay, nothing at all) to prevent mosquito bites. The most effective ways to prevent mosquito bites is to avoid going outside during peak biting hours, wear bug spray, and call professionals to treat your property.
ChemTec Pest Control has been preparing for an exploding mosquito season. We know you can’t do it alone. Mosquito prevention and control is key to keep you, your family, and your pets safe and itch-free and virus-free this season.
ChemTec Pest Control’s mosquito and tick control includes a thorough inspection of your home to identify mosquito hot spots. We then create a tailored plan that includes application services to target mosquitoes where they breed.