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Mosquitoes buzzing around the yard are more than just a nuisance. These bugs carry some very serious diseases that could make you and your family extremely sick. They also reproduce rapidly, making them tough to eradicate without professional assistance.

There are several ways to protect yourself from pesky and uncomfortable bites. From using natural home remedies to calling an exterminator for assistance, there are plenty of options available. Read on to familiarize yourself with mosquitoes and why local homeowners choose All-Safe Pest & Termite to tackle infestations.

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Why Mosquitoes Bite Us

There are three types of mosquitoes found throughout the world: Culex, Aedes, and Anopheles. They are attracted to standing water sources, like puddles and ponds, where they prefer to lay their eggs. Mosquitoes have two antennae, slender bodies, and very long legs. They have wings and travel around by flying. They're most active at dawn and dusk, which also makes them difficult to detect at times.

Mosquitoes bite because they feed on blood and need it to reproduce. Males feed strictly on flower nectar. Females will feed on nectar too, but also feed on human and animal hosts. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide created when we breathe out and are also attracted to body odor. They're drawn to the color black for unknown reasons as well and move towards body heat.

The Dangers Of A Mosquito Bite

While most mosquito bites are relatively harmless, these pests are known carriers and spreaders of some serious germs. Here is a list of some of the infectious diseases carried by mosquitoes and their associated symptoms and effects:

  • Yellow fever: Headache, vomiting, chills, jaundice, backache

  • West Nile virus: This virus can result in joint pain, diarrhea, nausea, fever, and joint vomiting. In rare cases, it can result in serious complications including brain infections and meningitis.

  • Zika virus: A rare congenital disability known as microcephaly is associated with the Zika virus. It was discovered in Brazil, where several babies were born with small heads and brain damage. Typical Zika symptoms include fever, rash, red eyes, and body soreness.

  • Dengue: Dengue can cause headaches, fever, rashes, and bleeding gums. Hemorrhagic fever can occur, but it is rare.

  • Encephalitis: Usually, this disease results in mild symptoms like nausea, headaches, and fever. Nervous system damage has been reported in rare cases.

If you experience any signs or symptoms after being bitten by a mosquito, seek medical attention immediately.

Natural Mosquito Prevention Tips For Yourself And Around Your Home

There are several natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes and prevent them from biting you and your family. Try out some of these methods:

  • Avoid wearing dark clothing during active mosquito times (dawn and dusk). Choose garments that cover your arms and legs.

  • Place plants that keep mosquitoes away throughout your property. Great options include lavender, mint, marigolds, mums, and eucalyptus.

  • Eliminate sources of standing water. This includes birdbaths, kiddie pools, tarps, empty pots, buckets, barrels, and clogged drains and gutters.

  • Apply essential oils for a natural repellent. Some highly effective types are peppermint, tea tree, and lemon eucalyptus.

If your property is infested, contact a professional exterminator like All-Safe Pest & Termite to get rid of mosquitoes for good.

The Secret Weapon For Total Mosquito Control For Katy Properties

The best way to control mosquitoes is to call in the experts. All-Safe Pest & Termite has been a trusted source of pest control in Katy since 1984. Our seasonal mosquito treatments keep homes free of these annoying pests, allowing you to enjoy your property without being bitten. We use backpack misting and our In2Care system to eradicate mosquitoes and prevent them from returning. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and receive an estimate.

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