Mosquitoes have always been a nuisance and they’ve made it back into the news as a public health threat with the emergence of the Zika virus in the U.S., although mosquitoes have always been known to transmit other dangerous diseases as well. In fact, around the world, mosquitoes account for an estimated one to two million deaths annually, with insect control efforts a major undertaking in underdeveloped parts of the world.
If you don’t know how to get rid of mosquitoes, you could, quite literally, be putting your family’s lives in danger. Worst of all, the most ineffective way of getting rid of the little bloodsuckers is also the most common; swatting them. To get rid of them, and keep them gone, you need better methods.
Here are a few tips to help prevent an infestation before it starts:
- Don’t Invite Them In: Make sure your doors and windows seal tightly, and if you are going to leave them open, make sure they are outfitted screens, properly fitted, in good repair, having no holes or tears. Sealing up cracks and crevices in the foundation and around entryways will help keep most insects and bugs out of your home, mosquitoes included.
- Don’t Give Them a Place to Feed: We mean you. Mosquitoes bite for a reason; reproduction. Blood contains an amino acid that helps mosquitoes lay more eggs. So cover up or use a repellent containing DEET.
- Don’t Give Them a Place to Breed: Eliminate sources of standing water around your home and you’ll reduce the number of mosquitoes. Keep gutters clean, store items that can hold water upside down or drill drain holes in the bottom of them, treat swimming pools and keep the water circulating, replace birdbath water frequently, and either fill in ditches or make sure they drain properly.
- For Treatment, Call the Pros: For most people, prevention is a matter of eliminating breeding grounds and taking adequate personal precautions when outside. For true mosquito control, The Bug Man, Inc.™ is the preferred Arkansas pest control service, with a plan to fit your budget.
Call The Bug Man today at (501) 663-9464 or contact us through this online form and we’ll give mosquitoes the bum’s rush and give you your great outdoors once again!