As summer approaches, you may find yourself wondering what to do about mosquitoes. As you plan to spend more time outside, you may not plan to have so many pests bugging you — literally. Chicago is one of the worst cities as far as mosquitoes go, so you certainly want to do something to get rid of them.
This guide will help you fight back against mosquitoes as the temperature heats up.
When Do Mosquitoes Bite?
Mosquitoes come in different species, and some may have different biting habits than others. In 2018, Chicago saw a dramatic summer full of mosquito bites. The season for mosquitoes tends to begin around May and finally ends when temperatures begin to cool down again.
Mosquitoes also tend to emerge at night, especially when the nighttime is warm and the wind is still. This can certainly put a damper on your family barbecue plans.
Why Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?
Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance. They can also cause terrible damage, thanks to the spread of, West Nile virus, the Zika virus, and even yellow fever. Additionally, mosquitoes can cause malaria.
West Nile Virus has also been found in Chicago. As the summer progresses, you may be more likely to hear about cases of West Nile Virus in your region. West Nile Virus can be fatal, so if you notice strange flu like symptoms after experiencing a bite, you should consult with a doctor right away.
Of course, the dangers these insects pose mean you might want to look into methods of keeping these pests away. You do not need to risk illness and itchy bites.
What Can You Do to Fight Mosquitoes?
Fortunately, you can do several things at home to keep mosquitoes at bay.
First, avoid having pools of water standing around your yard. Whether you have puddles, a pond, or buckets of water outside, you could encourage these pests to make your yard their home. Remember that mosquitoes will look for any pool of water nearby in which to lay eggs, even small pools in planters or toys. An often overlooked area for mosquito breeding is the gutters of the home, a little debris, some leaves and sticks, could create a perfect breeding site.
Keep in mind the necessity of repairing your septic tank and other potential areas where mosquitoes could make a home. If you notice cracks, you should call somebody out to check out the area before the height of the season approaches.
Mosquitoes are crafty pests, and they can work their way into your home via doors, windows, and other openings. Spend time before the season really gets into full swing checking out cracks and crevices or replacing screens that could allow bugs to enter.
Mosquitoes avoid the middle of the day on sunny days. Direct sunlight will kill them if they are exposed to it for even short periods of time. Their periods of highest activity are dusk and dawn, during the day they ae active is shady areas. Avoiding being outside at these times and avoiding shady areas during the daylight can lessen your interactions with this pest.
You can also do your part by wearing longer sleeves and long pants which can sound bad to do in the hot summer sun. However, lightweight, light-colored, and breathable shirts can help. Repellants containing DEET can also help lessen your interaction with mosquitoes. If you plan to be outside in a particular area you might consider lighting some citronella candles as well.
And finally, do not allow mosquitoes to take over your yard or home. Proper mosquito control can not only kill mosquitoes but also prevent them from breeding in your yard. A pest control company will provide the best chance at keeping these pests at bay.
What Can Pest Control Services Do For You?
Pest control services are a great way to fight back against mosquitoes and other pests that might invade your space. Pest control professionals understand the best way to use pest control treatments to fight back against mosquitoes and other pests in your area.
A-Alert Exterminating Service, Inc., understands your fight with mosquitoes. Call our professionals today to get rid of mosquitoes buzzing around your home and causing more than chaos. We are happy to answer all your questions and concerns about mosquitos and annoying pests in general.