Welcome to my site about pest control. I'm Miranda Maloney. Although many people fuss loudly about the presence of spiders in the home, these creatures often clear out the bugs that cause far worse problems. Spiders consume beetles, cockroaches, moths and other pests that wreak havoc throughout the house. Thankfully, however, you can hire a pest control professional to eliminate bugs in your home if you do not want to co-habitate with spiders. In fact, pest control professionals can eliminate the spiders as well. I will share information about pest control tactics, both natural and commercial, on this site. Please follow along to learn more.
No homeowner likes having to deal with pesky mosquitoes in their house or on their property. As the weather warms up and the temperatures start to rise, however, mosquitoes become more active and be a real annoyance. In some cases, they can even be a threat to the health of you and your family. The following article offers some helpful information for homeowners on this subject.
Mosquitoes are merely an annoyance in most instances, but some species of mosquitoes carry serious diseases, so you want to avoid being bitten by a mosquito if at all possible. For example, mosquitoes can transmit the West Nile Virus to humans. This virus is the most common disease that people catch from mosquitoes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also advises that certain types of mosquitoes in the United States can carry malaria. Dengue and the Zika virus, both of which are mosquito-borne diseases, have occurred in certain parts of the U.S. as well.
Protecting yourself from mosquito bites begins with wearing loose-fitting, long-sleeve shirts and long pants. You want to have as little exposed skin as possible. Using mosquito repellent on your body is also a good idea. The repellent should contain a known and effective active ingredient, such as DEET or Pircadin that is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Always follow the label directions when using a repellent. Do not apply the repellant to the skin beneath your clothes. Avoid applying any repellent to a child's hands, mouth, eyes, or any cuts or irritated skin. The CDC also recommends spraying a repellant containing permethrin on your clothing. Do not spray a permethrin-based repellant directly on your skin.
Prevention and Control
Perhaps the most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water on your property. Empty, cover, or throw out any items that collect water, such as old tires, planters, pails and buckets, and trash containers. If you have any containers on your property to store water, such as a rain barrel, ensure that they are tightly covered. Place wire meshes with openings smaller than a mosquito over open vents or plumbing pipes.
To keep mosquitoes out of your home, make certain that your door and window screens are in good repair. Do not leave any doors open and use your air conditioning when possible.
Even if take all of the relevant precautions, however, mosquitoes can still get out of control. To avoid any possible danger to yourself or your family, contact one of the pest control services in your city when a mosquito invasion occurs. For more information on pest control, contact a professional near you.