All You Need to Know about Mosquitoes and How to Get Rid of Them
Mosquitos are small flying insects that are known to be a major pest in many parts of the world, including Western Washington. They are most active during the spring and summer months when temperatures warm up and there is more precipitation. In addition to buzzing around your picnic and being a nuisance, however, mosquitoes can also carry various diseases, and are able to deliver unpleasant bites to unsuspecting victims, making them a significant health concern.
Almost 200 recognized species of mosquitoes live in the United States, making them one of the most common pests across the country.. Here are three common types of mosquitoes in Western Washington and how to identify them by their appearance, and the common diseases they can carry:
Culex Pipiens & the West Nile Virus
This mosquito is a small species with brown or gray coloration. They have a humpbacked appearance and a long, narrow proboscis and are known for carrying West Nile virus which can cause flu-like symptoms, such as fever and body aches.
Aedes & Zika virus, Dengue fever & Chikungunya
Aedes mosquitoes are small, dark-colored mosquitoes with distinctive white markings on their legs and bodies, and are known for carrying various diseases like Zika virus, Dengue fever & Chikungunya which can cause fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, and a rash. In severe cases, it can cause hemorrhagic fever and joint pain can last for months or even years.
Anopheles Punctipennis & Malaria
This mosquito is a larger species with a brown coloration. They have a straight proboscis that is longer than their body length, and are known for carrying malaria which can cause symptoms such as fever, headache, chills, and flu-like symptoms. In severe cases, it can cause organ failure or even death.
Preventing mosquito bites is crucial to reducing the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Here are tips to reduce your risk of mosquito bites and protect yourself and your family.
Eliminate standing water
Mosquitoes require standing water to lay their eggs, so eliminating sources of standing water around your home can help to reduce mosquito populations. This can include emptying outdoor containers that collect rainwater, such as flower pots, buckets, and bird baths.
Use insect repellent
Using insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus can help to repel mosquitoes and reduce the risk of bites.
Wear protective clothing
Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants can help to reduce the amount of exposed skin and make it more difficult for mosquitoes to bite.
Install screens and mosquito nets
Installing screens on windows and doors can help to keep mosquitoes out of your home. If you’re camping or sleeping outdoors, using a mosquito net can provide an additional layer of protection against mosquito bites.
Protect Your Home. Call Sunrise Pest Management.
If you suspect that you have a mosquito problem, take action, address the issue and contact Sunrise Pest Management today.
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