Who Else In Maryland Wants To See Fewer Mosquitos This Summer?
March 17, 2020
Spring has officially sprung which means winter is in the rearview mirror and summer is on the horizon. Folks throughout Maryland are looking forward to long days of fun in the sun whether that’s BBQing, swimming, or just catching a few rays! Let’s face it, there are a few aspects of summer that aren’t so much fun, they are pesky.
One such pesky pest that likes to pop up in summer is the mosquito. There’s no quicker way to ruin a fun evening in your backyard than to have swarms of mosquitos bearing down on your family and friends. And mosquitos are known to carry some pretty serious diseases. So, in addition to being obnoxious, their bites can be dangerous as well.
That’s why it’s important for you to take all the necessary measures to ensure your summer is full of fun, not mosquitos.
What Is A Mosquito?
Mosquitos are fly-like insects with hairy wings, slender bodies, and six long, narrow legs. In addition to this, they have long tube-like mouthparts which they use for feeding on plant nectar and human and animal blood. Ouch!
There are three species of mosquitos that are prevalent in central Maryland. These are Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus (or Asian Tiger mosquito) and Culex pipiens (or the common house mosquito). While the habits of these different species differ in terms of when they feed (Asian Tiger mosquitos feed during the day while the other two prefer dusk and dawn), they all breed and lay eggs around standing water. This is why it’s important to eliminate any standing water around your home.
The Dangers of Mosquitoes
We all know mosquito bites are annoying. They can itch like crazy and even hurt! But beyond that, mosquito bites can be dangerous. This is due to the variety of diseases that mosquitos are known to carry. While we may think this is only an issue in tropical or developing countries, mosquitos are known transmitters of diseases in the United States, and certainly central Maryland.
Some common diseases that mosquitos may spread are West Nile virus, Zika, chikungunya, and eastern equine encephalitis. It’s safe to say you don’t want to contract any of these. This is why it is important to take all the necessary steps to protect your home from mosquitos.
How To Protect Your Home From Mosquitos?
When it comes to keeping your house and yard as mosquito-free as possible, it all boils down to removing standing water where females lay their eggs. Some do-it-yourself prevention tips to reduce your risk of mosquitos are:
Keep gutters and downspouts free of debris and standing water.
Remove containers that collect water.
Fix holes or low-lying areas in your yard which may collect water.
Regularly refill pet bowls to prevent stagnancy
Cut the grass regularly.
Keep doors and windows closed.
Fix rips or tears in screens.
Remove trash or debris from your property.
Follow these steps and it should help reduce your chances of having mosquitos in and around your property.
Call The Pros Now For Protection Later
While you can use these techniques to help limit your exposure to mosquitos, the only surefire way to keep you and your family safe from mosquitos and their potentially dangerous bites is to contact the professionals at Royal Greens. Starting mosquito spray treatments in the early spring is the best way to keep your yard as mosquito-free as possible in summer, so contact us at Royal Greens today and keep mosquitos out of your summer plans.