There are certainly many reasons to be concerned about mosquitoes. You know that mosquitoes spread viruses. We don't have to tell you that. But how concerned do you need to be about mosquito-borne viruses in the United States? There are many factors to consider. While the diseases you can get from mosquitoes are a concern, many viruses are not endemic to the United States and are only a threat during outbreaks. Viruses that are localized are always a concern, but the number of serious or deadly cases is significantly low in our population of more than 350 million. There is also the factor of whether or not you take personal precautions or have mosquito control for your property. It is hard to process all the data on how much of a threat mosquitoes can be and get a sufficient answer. How worried should you be about mosquitoes in Frisco? Let's look at the facts together. We'll consider different types of mosquitoes, diseases carried by mosquitoes, how to avoid mosquitoes, and how Frisco pest control can help.
How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes?
Not all mosquitoes carry all diseases. Some mosquitoes are worse than others. In our areas, we have all of the worst mosquitoes.
- Culex sp. mosquitoes spread West Nile virus and several other diseases that cause encephalitis. These other diseases even have the word encephalitis in their names. The most noteworthy encephalitis apart from West Nile virus is Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).
- Aedes sp. mosquitoes spread many viruses you hear about in the news, like the Zika virus, yellow fever, dengue diseases, and Chikungunya.
- Anopheles sp. mosquitoes are the mosquitoes that spread malaria, contributing to the deaths of more than 750,000 people worldwide each year. Fortunately, U.S. health agencies and pest management professionals have successfully reduced the threat of this disease to near zero in the United States.
There is more to say about mosquito-borne diseases in Frisco and throughout the United States. Let's look at what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says regarding this topic.
What Does The CDC Say About Mosquitoes?
The job of the CDC is to protect U.S. residents from disease threats. They have experts in several fields of study relating to disease propagation through mosquito populations. Here are some facts to help you determine how much of a threat mosquitoes present in America.
- People often don't get sick from mosquito bites, but it does not mean mosquitoes are not a threat. Take precautions to prevent exposure and deter mosquito bites.
- Bites can result in mild, short-term illness and, in rare cases, severe or long-term illness.
- While rare, severe cases can result in death.
- Over 200 types of mosquitoes live in the continental United States. Only 12 types are known to spread diseases that impact human health.
- It is difficult to tell the difference between nuisance mosquitoes and mosquitoes that spread germs, so it is important to take precautions with all mosquitoes.
- One of the most common mosquito-borne diseases in the continental United States is the West Nile virus. Each year, less than a hundred people die from this disease.
- The ability of mosquitoes to spread germs is not only limited by the species but also by the type of germ, environmental conditions, age of the mosquito, and the amount of germ taken in during a blood meal.
Along with disease information, the CDC also offers information for guarding against mosquito-borne disease transmission. Let's look at the three best tips that can help you avoid mosquitoes.
Three Things You Can Do To Avoid Mosquitoes
There are many ways to avoid mosquitoes. You can use personal protection, natural methods to keep mosquitoes away from your yard, and apply pest control methods.
Personal Mosquito Control: You'll use these methods to keep mosquitoes from landing on you and taking a blood meal. They work well when you're in areas where mosquito populations are high.
- Apply repellents to your skin or clothing to keep mosquitoes off. DEET works best for long-lasting mosquito deterrence.
- If you don't want to put DEET on you, we recommend a mosquito repellent containing lemon eucalyptus oil. It is the best of all essential oil products because it lasts the longest.
- Wear bright colors to make it more difficult for mosquitoes to land on you.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants if possible. Doing this will make it more difficult for mosquitoes to find exposed skin.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol at outdoor parties. All it takes is one beer to make you more attractive to mosquitoes.
- Refrain from going out in the morning or evening when mosquitoes are most active.
- Refrain from exercising outdoors. Mosquitoes are attracted to sweat, elevated skin temperature, and carbon dioxide emissions.
Mosquito Deterrents For Your Yard: These tips may be all you need if you want to rid your yard of mosquitoes. They work to reduce mosquito activity and remove breeding sites.
- Remove objects from your yard that capture rainwater. All a mosquito needs is an inch of water to lay eggs.
- Remove organic debris, such as leaves and plant clippings. Organic debris captures enough moisture for certain species to breed on the plant matter. It is best to rake this debris up and remove it as soon as possible.
- Pour the water out. It takes a little over a week for mosquitoes to go from egg to adult. When you pour water on the ground, the larvae and pupae in the water are dehydrated, which leads to extermination.
- Trim landscape vegetation and remove unnecessary plants, weeds, and grass. When you do this, you allow the air to flow through your landscaping and keep things dry. Mosquitoes prefer humid environments.
- Clean your gutters and make repairs to your gutter system. Perimeter saturation can create puddles, and puddles provide breeding sites for mosquitoes.
- Address weed problems. When weeds produce flowers, mosquitoes are attracted to your property. You might not know this, but mosquitoes don't survive on blood meals. Only females take blood meals, and they do so for reproduction. At all other times, male and female mosquitoes eat nectar and plant sap. Lots of little flowers will bring mosquitoes into your yard.
- Get rid of bug zappers. These units effectively attract mosquitoes but (according to studies) only work to exterminate male (non-biting)mosquitoes.
Mosquito Control Methods: In some cases, mosquitoes in Frisco find a way to live on your property no matter what you do to limit food, moisture, and breeding sites. These tips are to help you keep them out of your home and out of recreational areas.
Your door and window screens are your frontline defense against mosquitoes that try to get into your home. Keep your screens in good repair.
- Mosquitoes can fly right into your home when you open the door. Keep doors open only as long as needed.
- Repellent products don't work well, so it is best to create screened-in recreational areas if you want to keep mosquitoes from biting you in your yard. Or, get mosquito control.
If you're in Frisco, contact All-Safe Pest & Termite for mosquito control services. We provide two solutions to reduce mosquito populations to near zero in your yard.
Backpack Mist Treatments: Our misting service knocks down adult mosquitoes in your yard. We treat shrubs, bushes, landscaping vegetation, and breeding sites. Misting treatments act as a reset on mosquitoes. It takes time for new mosquitoes to come into your yard, lay eggs, and create a swarm.
In2Care Traps: We install In2Care traps to provide female mosquitoes with breeding sites they can't resist. When female mosquitoes deposit eggs inside the traps, the eggs are not allowed to hatch. The females leave the traps and live long enough to take the fungus from the traps and deposit it around your property, making other potential breeding sites unusable. These traps provide ongoing, year-round protection from mosquitoes.
Seasonal backpack mist service and installation of the In2Care System are the most effective way to get control of mosquitoes on your property. When you have this level of protection, you don't have to spray yourself will insect repellent every time you go out into your backyard, and you don't have to live with screen material blocking your view of nature.
Is It Time To Consider Professional Mosquito Control?
There is no better way to reduce mosquitoes and prevent mosquito bites. Mosquito-borne diseases can cause general illness and surprise you with severe illness. Life has enough surprises. Connect with All-Safe Pest & Termite for mosquito control in Frisco. We can evaluate your property and guide you toward the best solution for your budget. Our seasonal services run between April and October, but you can get started any time of the year. Reach out to us today for more information or to request a service visit.
We look forward to helping you guard your family against mosquito-borne diseases. While we can't tell you how worried you should be, we know that you'll worry a whole lot less when you don't see mosquitoes in your backyard anymore. Get your mosquito protection in place and take your backyard back.