Gunter Pest Control Offers Tips on Getting Rid of Mosquitos
We know how it feels to enjoy a lovely dinner on the patio or deck and wake up to those pesky bug bites. Awful, just miserable. What’s worse, tick and mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, Zika, and Lyme Disease are on the rise. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that cases from mosquito, flea and tick bites have tripled in the US from 2004 – 2016. The National Pest Management Association has issued a press release advising the public to take precautions. Learn tips on getting rid of mosquitos during the summer months.
Eight Tips on Getting Rid of Mosquitos
Wear insect repellant when you know you’re going outdoors. Sunscreen and insect repellant. The NPMA recommends one that’s EPA-approved and contains at least 20 percent DEET, or has picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. Be sure to spray over the top of your clothing and only after sunscreen is applied for it to be effective. Remember to follow directions and reapply as directed on the label.
Eliminate breeding areas for mosquitos. They can breed in stagnant water that is only a half an inch deep! So, check your birdbaths, children’s toys, grill covers, flowerpots, and any other area that collects water.
Set your lawn mower on low and cut your grass short. Remove weeds, woodpiles and keep your plants cleaned up and pruned, especially around patios and play areas.
To help avoid ticks, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toed shoes. And, remember to keep your hair pulled back and under a hat.
Repair all the screens on your doors and windows.
Protect your pets, because they can also contract Lyme disease from black-legged ticks and other illnesses from mosquitos. Check with your vet on the best preventive treatments. And, don’t walk your dogs in the woods or in tall grasses if you can help it.
Inspect your pet and your self when you come in from a walk. When you find a tick, remove it with a tweezer. Get as close to the skin as possible and grasp it with the tweezers with a slow, steady pull to make sure you get the whole tick including mouthparts. Then clean your hands and the affected area thoroughly. Flush the tick down the toilet or wrap it in a tissue before you dispose of it in a closed container. Try to avoid crushing the tick’s body when removing it. If you see a rash or fever within the next few weeks, make sure you see a doctor.
As always, count on your pest management crew at Gunter to help you treat fleas, mosquitos, or ticks in and around your home. Our technicians can treat the inside of your home as well as the outside on a regular basis so you can take back your backyard (and front yard)!!!
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