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Summertime brings warm temperatures, long days, and mosquitoes. The pesky insects seem to know when to make their appearance to be the most annoying. You may feel the bites while you relax in your back yard or enjoy a barbecue with friends. However, mosquitoes can be more than just annoying; they can be dangerous.

Mosquito-borne Illnesses

Mosquitos transfer a variety of illnesses. They are responsible for the spread of diseases like malaria and West Nile virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called them the deadliest animal in the world. According to the CDC, 435,000 people died from malaria in 2017. While most of those cases occur outside the US, 2,000 were diagnosed as they returned to the country.

West Nile virus went up in 2018 from 2008 with a 25 percent increase over the decade. This disease can be found all over the US and is characterized by fever, weakness in the muscles, and in severe cases, confusion, numbness, paralysis and coma.

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

To prevent these and other illnesses caused by mosquitoes, you need to avoid getting bit. While that sounds easy enough, many people become victim to mosquito bites every summer. One reason is because of the misinformation that surrounds these insects.

One common piece of information about mosquitoes is that they live around water. While this isn’t a myth because the pests do like the humidity and need water, it doesn’t mean you’re safe if there’s no lake or pond nearby. Standing water is a prime place for mosquitoes, and it can be found in many places. Look around your yard and make sure there’s nothing holding stagnant water.

Another myth is that mosquitoes only come out at night. They may be more prevalent in the evenings, but they are out during the day as well. Anytime you go out, you should put on bug spray or cover your skin to prevent access.

Keep your lawn mowed and free from leaves and other items that provide a hiding place for mosquitoes. Plant herbs that will repel the insects, such as lavender or citronella. You should also contact All Natural Pest Elimination to get rid of these pests. We can treat your property, so you can enjoy your back yard safely all summer long. Give us a call at 877-662-8449 for more information or to schedule an appointment.