dangerous mosquito biting skin

July

30

2014

Mosquitoes are obnoxious little biters. They crash our picnics and our BBQs and pretty much any other outdoor activity we enjoy in the summer. During hot summer days, we don’t typically notice mosquitoes until dawn and dusk. This is the time that mosquitoes come out in droves, looking for a little snack. Female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite- they need our blood to help nourish their eggs. When they bite us, not only do they cause itchy red spots (that can be worse for some than others!), but they can also spread serious diseases.

Believe it or not, mosquitoes are one of the most deadly animals in the world. When it comes to killing humans, mosquitoes are the worst. They kill more people every year than all the other animals we think of as dangerous, including snakes, sharks and crocodiles. Obviously, mosquitoes don’t possess the sharp teeth of a shark, or the venom of a snake, but they are capable of spreading deadly diseases. Here are just a few of the diseases spread by mosquitoes:

  • Malaria

  • Yellow Fever

  • West Nile Virus

  • Several forms of Encephalitis

  • Dengue Fever

  • Chikungunya

Some of these diseases are deadly, while others are just extremely painful or difficult to deal with. When it comes to mosquitoes and their dangerous bite, the best thing you can do is try to protect yourself and your family. What can be done? Here are some helpful tips from the pros at American Pest to keep mosquitoes from eating you up this summer.

  1. Always wear insect repellent when spending time outside. Repellents with DEET and Picaridin are known to be effective, but if you are applying these repellents to your child, check with their pediatrician first to see what types of insect repellents are appropriate for your child’s age group.

  2. Cover up while outside. Some people go as far as wearing mosquito netting, but this may not be totally necessary! Just wearing long pants and long shirts (as well as socks and shoes) can help you avoid getting bit by mosquitoes.

  3. Avoid wearing dark colors, including navy blue, black and red. Studies have shown that these colors may attract mosquitoes.

  4. Stay inside during peak mosquito activity times.

  5. Eliminate standing water around your home. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so if you have puddles or even containers that have been collecting water, let the water run out of these things to reduce mosquito breeding zones.

These tips should help limit the number of mosquito bites you pick up this summer, but they aren’t fool proof. Sometimes the best you can do is try, especially when it comes to mosquitoes. If you have a serious mosquito problem around your home, the pros at American Pest can help with mosquito abatement treatments. Contact us today to learn more about these treatments to protect yourself and your family from possibly dangerous mosquito bites and to schedule your first appointment.