Summer is synonymous with sun-soaked days, barbecues, and, unfortunately, mosquitoes. These tiny pests can turn a perfect evening into a swatting spree. But beyond the itchy bites, mosquitoes can also transmit diseases. Here’s your comprehensive guide to understanding and keeping these pesky insects at bay.
Why Mosquitoes Love Summer
Mosquitoes thrive in warm, humid conditions. As temperatures rise, so does the mosquito population. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, and within a week, these eggs hatch into larvae. Summer showers provide ample breeding grounds, making mosquito control even more crucial.
Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes
While most mosquito bites result in nothing more than an itchy red bump, some mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as:
- West Nile Virus
- Zika Virus
- Dengue Fever
It’s essential to be aware of these diseases, especially if you’re traveling to areas where they are prevalent.
Tips to Keep Mosquitoes Away
- Eliminate Stagnant Water: Regularly check and empty containers that collect water, such as flower pots, bird baths, and gutters. Taking away the water will disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle.
- Use Mosquito Nets and Screens: If you enjoy sleeping with windows open, ensure you install mosquito nets or screens, allowing the cool breeze in while keeping the mosquitoes out.
- Natural Repellents: Plants like citronella, lavender, and marigold are natural mosquito repellents. Consider planting them around your patio or garden.
- Wear Light-Colored Clothing: Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. Wearing light-colored clothing can make you less appealing to them.
- Use Repellents: Apply mosquito repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Remember to reapply as directed, especially after swimming or sweating.
Summer Should be a Time of Relaxation and Enjoyment
By taking a few preventive measures, you can ensure that mosquitoes don’t put a damper on your summer fun. Stay informed, stay protected, and make the most of the sunny days ahead.
EcoCare Can Treat Your Mosquito Problems
Of course, if you’re seeing more mosquitos than usual, it’s a good idea to call a professional. We can investigate and determine the best—and safest—way for removing them from your property.