In our Missouri, Illinois and Kansas service area, it can feel as if we are very far removed from Florida and Texas, where local cases of the Zika virus were seen in 2017, and where cases are slowly beginning to appear this year. The reality is that Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses can break out anywhere from Western Illinois all the way across Missouri into eastern Kansas. This is because the southern and eastern regions of the United States are where the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes have established themselves. There are two species of mosquito that are directly linked to the spread of Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and other potent human pathogens. While they are not the only mosquitoes that spread viruses, they are high on the watchlist for health agencies. That is why it is important for Missourians to limit exposure to mosquitoes. Here are some suggestions for how you can protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes this summer.
Mosquito Bite Prevention
Wear mosquito repellent when you are out and about, especially if you'll be in an area where there are lots of trees or bushes. If you don't prefer to put mosquito repellent on your skin, consider applying it to your clothing or using a natural repellent that has oil of lemon eucalyptus in it.
If you're able to wear light-colored long sleeves and pants, you should. This will reduce the amount of exposed skin you make available to mosquitoes.
Avoid being outside during dawn and dusk. Mosquitoes hide from the midday sun. This is the best time to go out if you want to avoid bites.
Studies have shown that the consumption of alcohol can make you more attractive to mosquitoes. It may pay to be the designated driver if you plan to go to an outdoor event where there will be drinking.
Avoid wearing perfumes or scented lotions as these can attract mosquitoes.
Protecting Your Home from Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Examine your property for any areas where water is allowed to sit. This may be shaded spots where the sun is not able to cause rainwater to evaporate quickly, water near your foundation wall due to a leaky spigot, or an obstructed gutter that holds just enough water for mosquitoes to breed. Removing standing water removes breeding opportunities for mosquitoes and reduces mosquitoes on your property.
If you'll be relaxing on your porch or near the pool, consider putting a fan out there. Mosquitoes are horrible fliers. It doesn't take much of a breeze to keep them away.
If you own a bug zapper, you may want to consider putting it in storage. Studies have shown that bug zappers are ineffective at eliminating mosquitoes in your yard since mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and not ultraviolet light.
There is no better protection to have than ongoing mosquito service from a professional like Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our team is trained to locate and eliminate breeding sites and treat the areas of your lawn that are most attractive to adult mosquitoes that are hiding in your yard. Reach out to us today to schedule your FREE INSPECTION, and see what a difference it can make.