How Do I Get The Mosquitoes In Wilmington To Stop Biting Me?
April 28, 2021
There’s nothing like living on the coast. Seeing the ocean every day makes life just a little nicer. The salty ocean air, the warm breeze, and the mild winters make Wilmington one of the best places to live in the eastern United States. At least, that’s our unbiased opinion.
Unfortunately, mosquitoes seem to share our affinity for our budding beach town. Before you plan your next outdoor adventure on the beach or in your very own Wilmington yard, get the facts on the best way to avoid being a mosquito’s next meal.
Nuisance Or Danger?
Even though these small, flying pests can be very annoying, you might not have realized that they’re actually the most dangerous animals on the planet. Along with itchy, red bumps, mosquito bites can also result in various diseases. This potential for disease is all due to their preferred diet: mosquitoes love to feed on warm-blooded mammals of all shapes and sizes, deer, livestock, humans, etc.
As mosquitoes feed on animal or human blood through their feeding tubes, they can transfer dangerous diseases from victim to victim. These diseases may not affect the original host, and they might not affect the mosquito at all, but they can be very dangerous to humans. Malaria is one of the most common mosquito-borne diseases. It’s not much of an issue in the United States anymore. However, other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever, Zika virus, and yellow fever are still prevalent and dangerous.
While the only mosquitoes that feed on blood are female mosquitoes, they can still be very problematic. Equipped with a numbing substance on their feeding tubes, female mosquitoes will numb the skin of their victims in order to feed longer. The longer they get to feed, the more likely you are to be infected. You might have thought they were a simple nuisance, but now you understand why mosquitoes are responsible for more than a million deaths per year around the world.
Preventing Mosquito Bites
Since around one in every three hundred mosquito bites results in disease incursion, it’s important to avoid getting bitten as much as possible. Here are a few things that mosquitoes are most attracted to when looking for human victims:
- Type O blood
- Pregnant women
- Dark clothing
- Heavily scented shampoo/perfume
While you can’t control a few of these, you can wear light-colored clothing and avoid heavily scented shampoos and perfumes. Plus, you should avoid doing activities at dawn and dusk, which is when mosquitoes are most active.
Mosquitoes are also very attracted to standing water because of their breeding habits. Since they lay their eggs in a half-inch of standing water or more, areas like swamps, bogs, and ponds near the ocean are usually mosquito hotbeds, so steer clear of these areas (especially during dawn and dusk).
If you’re tired of having mosquitoes on your property in general, focus on limiting the amount of standing water you have in items like flowerpots, birdbaths, fountains, and wheelbarrows after a rainstorm.
Unfortunately, if mosquitoes breed in standing water on your property, pouring the water out will not be a sufficient eradication method. Instead, these areas need to be treated with professional solutions under the care of a trained pest professional. For more advice or mosquito control and assistance, contact the professionals at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators. We can help you avoid encounters with mosquitoes and keep them off of your property. Give us a call today.