When spending time outside, mosquitoes can be one of the most annoying pests you'll encounter. If you're trying to enjoy your Brooklyn yard, having a lot of mosquitoes can ruin any hope of relaxing or having fun.
However, while you likely hate dealing with mosquitoes and the itchy bites they leave, it can be easy to forget that mosquitoes are much more than just a nuisance pest. While not all mosquitoes carry illnesses, many of them, especially certain species, can transmit deadly diseases. Their ability to spread illnesses combined with how invasive they are makes mosquitoes one of the worst pests in the area.
What Do Mosquitoes Look Like?
Overall, you can identify mosquitoes by their long, thin legs and the skinny appendage that extends from their mouth. However, there are around 70 species of mosquitoes found in New York.
One of the deadliest of these species is the northern house mosquito, as it's one of the main carriers of the West Nile virus. This species is a pale brown color with white stripes on their abdomens.
Are Mosquitoes Really That Dangerous?
Since it's common to get bitten by mosquitoes, and often those bites don't lead to diseases, it can be easy to assume that mosquitoes aren't that big of a problem. However, mosquitoes are actually considered the deadliest pests on the planet. Mosquitoes can spread some of the worst diseases found throughout the world, and these diseases have caused millions of deaths over time. One of the most common and deadly mosquito-borne illnesses, malaria, has around 500 million cases every year.
Other than malaria, mosquitoes can also spread the following illnesses:
- West Nile virus
- Zika virus
- Dengue fever
- Yellow fever
While not all of these diseases are found in the United States, encephalitis and West Nile virus are two mosquito-borne illnesses that occur here often.
How Can You Protect Your Property From Mosquitoes?
While it can be difficult to eliminate mosquitoes entirely, there are some steps you can take to make your property less appealing to them. You can take some simple measures to keep mosquitoes away from your property and avoid bites.
- Remove any standing water around your yard where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
- Wear light-colored clothing when outside around dusk.
- Avoid going out at dusk as much as possible.
- Trim hedges, bushes, and trees that provide shady areas for mosquitoes to rest during the day.
- Make sure to treat hot tubs and other water features with the correct chemicals.
- Try to avoid drinking alcohol when outside during the early evening. Mosquitoes are attracted to the scent.
The Best Form Of Mosquito Prevention
Taking all the steps you can to prevent mosquitoes from getting onto your property can help, but they are overall a difficult pest to control on your own. The most effective way to protect yourself and others from these disease-filled pests is to get professional pest control from the team at Bugs Are Gone Exterminating. We provide 24-hour pest control services, and we can even offer a free quote to help you get started. To find out more or to book your appointment, give us a call today.