Summer nights mean mosquitoes in the Boise area and throughout the United States. Sure, mosquitoes are annoying, and bites can be painful, but mosquitoes can also be much more dangerous than you might think. Mosquitoes are actually the deadliest animals on Earth. Diseases like malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and Zika are all spread by mosquitoes and kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. In Idaho, the number one mosquito-borne illness is West Nile Virus. There are no vaccines available and no medication to treat West Nile. While the chances of serious or fatal complications is relatively low (1 in 150), it is still very important to take steps to keep the mosquito population under control. There are things you can do today to help with this task.
There are a variety of measures that can be taken to decrease the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses. Since mosquitoes are one of the common spring pests in Boise, control methods should start early in the year if you hope to have an effect on the summer population Prevention tips generally fit into three main categories: Habitat Elimination, Behavioral Changes, and Chemical Control.
Mosquitoes require water to breed and lay their eggs. They prefer areas of stagnant water where the eggs and larvae will not be disturbed. Eliminating stagnant water around your yard is the number one thing you can do to help control mosquitoes. According to a company that does water damage restoration in Orlando, FL, mosquitoes can return after storms and lay eggs in stagnant water within days. Here are a few things to consider when attempting to curb the mosquito population:
- Empty out anything in your yard that collects water like plastic pails, children’s toys, flower pots, tarps, containers, and other piles of debris.
- Fill in any low spots in your yard or driveway where water might settle
- Clean out gutters and downspouts
- Use an aeration system in backyard ponds or choose fish that will eat the mosquitoes
- Add chlorine to backyard pools
- Prune or cut back long grasses or thick vegetation that provide shelter for mosquitoes
Since you can only control what happens on your property, mosquitoes may still be around in large numbers. That is why it is also important to prevent bites by changing your behaviors to lessen your risk.
- Wear light colored clothing
- Use an EPA approved mosquito repellent that contains DEET
- Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts when possible
- Seal the exterior of your home
- Make sure that you have screens in all your windows
- Check to make sure that weather stripping is intact around doors
- Try to avoid prime mosquito times like dusk and dawn
Lastly, there are chemicals available that can help combat mosquitoes. Many cities and counties have already implemented wide-scale mosquito management programs to help prevent the spread of disease, but chemical control is also available on a home by home basis. Since the use of chemicals needs to be done with caution, it is recommended that a professional be contacted to help in this process. Combs Pest Control can help meet all your pest control needs with our fast, friendly, and efficient services. If you are in need of pest control in the Treasure Valley, contact Combs Pest Control today.