Mosquitoes | Pest Control for Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are not only a very real annoyance, leaving uncomfortable bites on our bodies, but mosquitoes can carry disease as well. Getting rid of mosquitoes is around you home or property is best suited for a professional pest control company. It’s happened to most all of us many times! We plan the hike in the woods, the picnic by the lake, or a relaxing evening in our backyard oasis. We hear the “buzzing” sound and the very slight tickle on our ankle, our neck, our face, or anywhere that skin is exposed. We begin the swatting, most often times missing the mosquito, and a few moments later the itching begins. Mosquitoes can chase us indoors and away from their nuisance, and this usually happens during the most desired time of the year to be outdoors.
The feeding habits of mosquitoes are quite unique in that it is only the adult females that bite man and other animals. The male mosquitoes feed only on plant juices. Some female mosquitoes prefer to feed on only one type of animal or they can feed on a variety of animals. Female mosquitoes feed on man, domesticated animals, such as cattle, horses, goats, etc; all types of birds including chickens; all types of wild animals including deer, rabbits; and they also feed on snakes, lizards, frogs, and toads. While not particularly painful, the bite of a mosquito can prove dangerous to humans. When a mosquito inserts her proboscis through the skin, her saliva creates a small, red bump. These bumps produce mild to severe itching. Some people may become less sensitive to mosquito saliva through repeated exposure, while others may develop allergic reactions. Symptoms of an allergy include blistering and inflammation, as well as asthma-like reactions. Mosquitoes also carry diseases such as yellow and dengue fevers, malaria and encephalitis and are capable of passing them from host to host.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of insect repellents. These products should not come into contact with the eyes and mouth and special care should be taken when applying repellent to small children.
If you get a mosquito bite, a cold compress can be applied to the affected area in order to reduce swelling. Mild antihistamines and anti-itching compounds relieve itching. Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can also be used. A paste made from baking soda and water may prove effective as will Calamine lotion.
Of course you should always contact your physician before taking any new medications. If you experience more severe symptoms following a mosquito bite, contact a medical professional immediately.
Should you consider a “mosquito zapper” to rid your lawn of these annoying pests? Unfortunately, these products have not proven to be very effective. The zapper attracts pests to the light, and then electrocutes them once they come into contact. However, female mosquitoes are not attracted to light; instead, they are attracted by carbon dioxide and body heat. Most of the insects that are killed by these products are other flying insects that are in fact attracted to light.
There are a number of repellents available to provide temporary relief from mosquitoes. These include creams, sprays, lotions, and sticks. They can provide temporary protection of up to a few hours when applied directly to your skin and clothing. Of course they must be reapplied every few hours to remain effective. You should always avoid getting these products in your eyes or mouth, and never ingest them in any way. Always follow the label directions of the particular product that you’re using.
Citronella oil is often found in candles and torches, producing mosquito repelling smoke. If the winds are calm while you’re outdoors, they can be effective. However, they typically are not as effective as using a repellent as described above.
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