Mosquitoes are among the most feared and hated pests, and there is good reason for this. First, mosquitoes are just plain annoying as they fly around looking for someone to bite. As mosquitoes feed on your blood, the sensation can be painful and will leave you with itchy, red bumps that can last for days. However, these pests are more than just a nuisance. Mosquito bites can be a big health risk as they can spread pathogens from one host to another.
For Greenville residents, it’s important to know how to protect yourself from mosquitoes. These pests are attracted to areas of moisture and are often found near water sources, especially standing water. While most people know what mosquitoes look like, a brief refresher may be helpful. Mosquitoes:
- Are small, flying insects
- Have long legs
- Have a nose that is long and skinny
- Can suck blood (but only the females do this)
How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes?
While most people are aware that mosquitoes pose health risks, we don't often think about how much of an issue they can be. Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading deadly diseases throughout the world. While most of these diseases aren’t prominent in Greenville, it's important to understand the risks of germs and pathogens that can be spread that are associated with mosquitoes. Here are some of the health risks:
- Mosquitoes can spread diseases like West Nile virus and malaria.
- They leave you with annoying, itchy bumps.
- Some people can have allergic reactions after being bitten.
- They can carry and spread dozens of pathogens.
Prevention And Control Of Mosquitoes
Because mosquitoes are both annoying and dangerous, it’s important to protect your Greenville home and yard from them. In the warmer months, people are often looking for ways to control mosquitoes as they can make going outside a real trial.
The best way to approach preventing mosquitoes is to focus on making your property less attractive to them. While there are things like sprays and citronella candles, these aren’t usually effective for very long. While they can help in some cases, such as when you go on a hike, they only work for a short period, and they don’t keep mosquitoes away from an area.
Here are some things you can do to prevent mosquitoes on your property:
- Remove sources of standing water on your property.
- If you have a pool or other water features like hot tubs, keep them treated properly as well as covered when not in use.
- Clean out gutters.
- Make sure that water can drain after rainfall.
Eliminating A Mosquito Problem
The best way to protect your home from mosquitoes is to seek out professional pest control from PinPoint Pest Solutions. Professional services can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes you have in your yard, and they are much more effective and long-lasting than methods you can use yourself. As springtime is here, it’s a great time to start preventing and eliminating mosquitoes around your home.