Are you hosting a backyard barbecue, birthday party, outdoor wedding, family reunion, reception, graduation party, or other special event? Let Proactive rid your yard of those uninvited blood-sucking pests!
All too often, people think the Georgia state bird is the Mosquito. Mosquitoes spread diseases that kill people - millions of people overseas, but even many people in the United States. Not every mosquito bite spreads disease, but every bite is annoying, and if there are enough around, they tend to drive us indoors.
Mosquitoes are not just a nuisance that interrupt your outdoor activities, mosquitoes are a real hazard to the health of your family and pets. Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism. Over one million people die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, they also transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to. These include dog heartworm, West Nile virus, and Eastern equine encephalitis.
In addition, mosquito bites can cause severe skin irritation through an allergic reaction to the mosquito's saliva. This is what causes the red bump and itching. Mosquito vectored diseases include protozoan diseases such as malaria and viruses such as dengue, encephalitis and yellow fever.
Tips for preventing mosquito population growth:
- Discarding any water-holding containers such as buckets, tires, cans, etc.
- Keeping gutters clean of leaves and debris.
- Repairing outside faucets and leaky pipes.
- Draining and keeping dry unused swimming pools.
- Removing weeds from drains, ditches and culverts.
- Changing water in plant pots, drip trays and birdbaths at least once a week
- Storing wading pools inside when not in use or drain at least once a week.
- Adding fish to ornamental ponds help control mosquitoes.
- Keeping trash containers properly covered.
- Draining or filling in any puddles, ruts, etc.
- Filling in tree holes holding water.
- Removing accumulated water from boats at least once a week or storing them upside down.
- Trimming grass and shrubbery around the house, destroying adult mosquito hiding places.
- Keeping window screens in good condition.
- Using personal protection such as proper clothing and insect repellents during peak mosquito biting activity in the evening
Did you know?
- Worldwide, mosquito-borne diseases kill more people than any other single factor. They are considered the deadliest "animal" in the world.
- Mosquitoes vector (spread) several types of encephalitis, dog heart worm, yellow fever, dengue, west nile, and malaria.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide in our breath. They can detect it from 60 to 75 feet away.
- Only female mosquitoes feed on or "bite" humans to obtain protein needed for egg laying. Males feed only on plant nectar.
- A single female mosquito can lay 100 to 300 eggs at a time and may average 1,000 to 3,000 eggs during their lifespan.
- Mosquito eggs can survive for more than 5 years.
- The mosquito matures from egg to adult in 4 to 7 days.
- An adult mosquito weighs only 1/15,000 of an ounce.
- Female mosquitoes flap their wings nearly 500 times per second.