Summer is right around the corner, and that means the arrival of warm temps, fun vacations and the inevitable onslaught of those pesky mosquitoes. Just because you live in a state with mosquitoes doesn’t mean that you have to suffer. By knowing how mosquitoes live and the dangers they create, you can better be protected. Follow these tips to help make this an itch-free summer.
There is more than just the itch
Mosquito bites are more than just a nuisance; they can cause significant ailments and can even transmit diseases. Virginia happens to be a state where living with mosquitoes is just a way of life, so it is important to be careful when you are outdoors.
In addition to getting itchy bites from the standard mosquitoes you are used to, there are also other mosquitoes native to the state that are much more dangerous. For instance, the state Department of Health reports the Asian tiger mosquito, which is one of the state’s most rampant species of mosquito, is known to transmit the West Nile virus, yellow fever and malaria, along with many other potentially life-threatening diseases.
How to stay mosquito-free
You can avoid bites from most types of mosquitoes by taking a proactive approach to pest control. Avoid allowing puddles of standing water to form around your dwelling, including those in buckets, birdbaths and mud puddles. You might also consider hanging bug lights outside of your most frequently used windows and doors.
For more advanced pests, including the Asian tiger variety, avoiding standing water is not enough. These mosquitoes also thrive in tree holes, discarded containers, bushes and shrubs where they lie in wait until a slow-moving entity (person, cat, dog, etc.) comes around. As a homeowner, you may not know all the secret places that these insects will hide, and that is why you come to us.
Contact the experts at Blue Ridge Termite & Pest Management Group and take the first step to beating these persistent pests. We will come to your house, figure out how to best handle your mosquito and other summertime pests and work with you to devise a solution to your insect issues. Contact us today at one of our three convenient locations to get started.