Mitigating Your Risk for Mosquito Bites in Queen Creek
August 15, 2019
In Arizona, like the rest of the country, mosquitoes are an unwelcome part of summer. But mosquitoes aren’t just pesky insects that ruin your evening when you want to enjoy the cooler part of the day on your patio. Mosquitoes are also a health hazard.
Mosquito bites are notoriously itchy, but if you scratch them vigorously, you can develop a secondary infection. Even worse, mosquitoes are known to carry some very dangerous diseases, ranging from malaria to West Nile virus.
The thing most likely to draw mosquitoes to your yard is the presence of water. It can be a lot of water, like a kiddie pool, or it could be just a little water, like rainwater collected in the bottom of a toy or wheelbarrow. Mosquitoes need water at every stage of their life cycle. They lay eggs in standing water and nymphs need it to hatch. Adult mosquitoes need water to survive.
Read on for some helpful steps you can take to limit the number of mosquitoes buzzing around your property and reduce the likelihood of being bitten.
Limit the sources of standing water mosquitoes find in your yard by emptying anything that's collecting it. Put away any things that shouldn't be outdoors, and if possible, store outdoor items upside down so they won't collect water.
Check gutters and downspouts to make sure they aren’t clogged, and also make sure outdoor faucets aren't leaking or creating puddles that could attract mosquitoes.
Other steps to take
While eliminating water is essential, how you dress and act can also help reduce the number of mosquito bites you receive.
- Stay inside at dawn and dusk; the times when mosquitoes are most active and likely to bite.
- Wear long sleeves and pants when you’re outdoors. Wearing light colors makes it easier to see if an insect has landed on you.
- Wear insect repellent when outside.
- Avoid wearing anything scented, such as lotions or perfumes, when you’ll be outdoors.
While these actions will help keep down the number of mosquitoes bothering you, professional pest control treatments are the most effective way to reduce the populations on your property. DIY sprays are less effective, time-consuming, and they can be costly. Instead of wasting your time fighting off mosquitoes on your own, call All Clear Pest Control. We'd be happy to explain your options for mosquito control as well as for other pests that invade your Queen Creek property.