Keeping your family safe from mosquito borne diseases
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 30,000 people have contracted West Nile virus in the U.S. from a mosquito. Additionally, there’s a long list of other diseases that mosquitoes can pass to humans and animals, so it’s definitely a good idea to take preventative measures to keep your entire family safe.
Tips for Avoiding Mosquito Bites
1. Stay Indoors During Dawn and Dusk
Mosquitoes can bite you at any time of the day, but they’re most active at dawn and at dusk. Due to this, it’s best to avoid being outside during these time periods, especially if you’re not wearing a mosquito repellent.
2. Wear Long Sleeves and Pants
It can be uncomfortable to wear pants and long sleeves in the San Antonio area during the summer, but it’s better to take this step than to become a buffet dinner for a swarm of mosquitoes. If you’re going to be in the woods or any area where mosquitoes are extremely prevalent, you should dress accordingly to minimize your risk of being exposed to a disease.
3. Use Mosquito Repellent
Even if you’re wearing long sleeves, you should still put on mosquito repellent when you go to areas that have a high concentration of this bloodsucking pest.
4. Remove All Standing Water From Your Property
Any area on your property that has standing water is going to become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. To avoid this problem, you should fill in low spots, regrade any areas that have poor drainage, keep your gutters free of debris and put holes in the bottom of your recycling and trash bins to prevent them from collecting water.
5. Hire a Professional Pest Control Company
We offer an Environmental Mosquito Management system that will help keep these pests from turning your property into their home. This system includes an analysis of any potential trouble spots in your yard and a custom misting system that will deter mosquitoes and many other insects.
6. Frequently Replace the Water in Bird Baths
If you have a bird bath on your property, you need to empty it out and refill it with fresh water at least once every three days.
7. Keep Your Yard Tidy
Any organic debris that collects on the ground can become a suitable habitat for mosquito larvae. In other words, you should never allow a large area of leaves to remain on your lawn.
San Antonio-area homeowners can turn to ABC Home & Commercial Services to avoid being plagued by a mosquito infestation on their property. To learn more, visit our website or call us at (210) 599-9500.