August 20, 2021
Mosquitos not only leave itchy, unpleasant bites, they spread dangerous pathogens to humans. In fact, mosquitos are often considered the deadliest animal on the planet, responsible for over a million malaria-caused deaths each year. Besides malaria, mosquitos also spread Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, Dengue, and many more diseases. According to the CDC, global disease epidemics from mosquito-spread viruses are on the rise, such as the Zika epidemic (2015-2017), and the Chikungunya epidemic (2013-2014).
In the humid heat of midsummer, mosquito populations flourish. States are reporting record-levels of mosquitos following a period of intense rainfall. Indeed, mosquito populations grow exponentially following rainfall, as it only takes several days in standing water for eggs to become larvae, pupa, and then fully-formed adults. Even if you’ve taken some precautions, your new-and-improved backyard can quickly become a mosquito hatchery.
Trying to get rid of mosquitos can be very exasperating, especially given the sheer amount of pseudo-science buzzing around about “natural” mosquito deterrents, from sticking cloves in limes to a moisturizer lotion. Let’s face it: your essential oil collection probably doesn’t cut it. The best way to really prevent mosquitos is to act early by mosquito-proofing your space. This can entail:
· Regularly removing standing water. Many people think of obvious sources of stagnant water, like ponds or birdbaths, but it can really be anywhere. Flower pots, empty buckets, ashtrays, fire pits, grills, candles, kids’ toys, old tires, soda cans, logs, gutters, dog bowls: anything that can hold water can host mosquitos.
· Cleaning up debris and cutting grass. Piles of brush, the dead leaves from last autumn you never cleared, a fallen tree, tall grass—all lock up moisture and heat, becoming potential mosquito hangouts. Like the little vampires they are, mosquitos want to spend time in these dark, humid spaces.
Spotting A Mosquito Infestation
While the prevention methods listed above may help before you have an actual infestation, they do very little if you’re already struggling with a lot of mosquitos. In this case, contact Black Diamond Pest Control at 877-DEAD-BUG for a complete inspection and treatment plan. When should you take this step? Any time! But here are some particular red flags:
· You see swarms/clouds of mosquitos.
· There are a lot of mosquitos in your yard, even when you remove standing water.
· There are mosquitos inside of your house.
· You live near a swamp, reservoir, lake, or marsh land that isn’t easily “drainable.”
· You hear a constant buzzing sound.
· You notice that you have a lot of bites, even if you don’t see mosquitos.
· You see mosquitos during the daytime. Mosquitos are most active at dawn/dusk, so seeing them midday can suggest a large population.
Don’t wait! Call 877-DEAD-BUG for your pest control needs today!