The summer is the time of year for people to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. This is especially true for those people who are not fortunate enough to live in a climate that has nice weather throughout the entire year. While warm weather means fun in the sun, trips to the beach and baseball games, it also means mosquitoes and ticks will be making their presence known. These annoying critters are capable of causing much more damage than an itchy bite that turns red. Mosquitoes have been known to spread West Nile Virus, while ticks have become infamous for spreading Lyme Disease. Needless to say, you need to do whatever you can to prevent both of these insects from coming into contact with yourself, your family members and your pets. So how do you accomplish this? Don’t let mosquitoes and ticks ruin your summer fun. Here are some methods you can use to keep these pests at bay.
1. Wear insect repellent
If you are going to be outside during a time of day when you know mosquitoes and ticks will be active, you should make sure to cover your body with insect repellent. You should also do this if you are going to be in the woods, or some other place where these insects like to hang out. Some types of repellent are designed to repel many types of insects, while others are only designed for specific insects. Make sure you read the container clearly so you know what you are buying.
2. Call a professional pest control company
Sometimes, it is best to let the professionals handle the job for you. A professional pest control company like Mosquito Squad has the necessary equipment and experience to handle jobs of all sizes. If you will be having an outdoor event, such as a wedding or birthday party, you must give one of these companies a call. Do not let months of planning and the money you have spent on the occasion go to waste. A pest control company can make sure that these pests will not destroy the occasion for you and all of your guests.
3. Know when mosquitoes and ticks like to come out
The morning and the evening are generally the worst times to be outside during the months that these insects are most active. Therefore, only go outside during these times if you absolutely have to.
Is the area around your home infested with mosquitoes? Regardless of how you observe sanitation in your area, the entry of mosquitoes and other pests in your home can’t be controlled without the help of a professional control service, like the services offered at Mosquito Squad and other pest control companies. You cannot perform professional pest extermination without the necessary training and experience. Not only do professionals ensure that the pests are killed, but they find their breeding places and destroy those as well.
Mosquitoes and pests can be extremely hazardous to you and your family. If the prevalence of mosquitoes or pests is not addressed immediately, they can quickly multiply and become a menace to your home. Some pests, like termites, can literally eat through a home. When cockroaches or mosquitoes come into contact with children, they can make them very sick. If pests such as rats are chewing on your clothing and furniture, they become quite a nuisance.
Different types of pests require different means of exterminating. You might not feel that you can control an infestation of mosquitoes or pests inside your home, but when you hire professionals with a pest control service to do the job, the pests will be eliminated all at once. This is one of the reasons that pest control companies have become so popular today in many homes and offices. With the new and modern techniques used by pest control companies, all the pests in your vicinity can quickly be eradicated.
Once the process of exterminating the pests is complete, you should institute some form of sanitation and hygiene to control the return and the influx of mosquitoes and pests. Make sure you don’t have any cracks and leaks on the home that will allow pests to come inside. All leaks and cracks found should be repaired as pests can find these places and use them as a breeding ground. Some herbs drive pests away as well. Mint, ginger, basil and lemongrass deter pests.
But, herbal plants and sanitation won’t work alone. To completely rid yourself of pests, you need a good pest control service to visit your property regularly to apply pesticides. The pest professionals know the best way of keeping your property and home free from the breeding or return of pests.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported the highest number of cases this year of the Chikungunya Fever at the Western Visayas. There are 175 residents being affected by the said fever.
Chikungunya fever caused by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (image from gmanews.tv)
But what really is a Chikungunya Fever?
According to the World Health Association, Chikungunya fever is a viral illness that is being spread thru the bites of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The fever typically lasts from five to seven days and frequently causes severe and often incapacitating joint pain which sometimes persists for much longer periods. It is rarely life-threatening. There is no specific treatment for the disease but analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication may be used to reduce the pain and swelling. Aspirin should be avoided.
WHO recommended techniques to avoid Chikungunya Fever:
- wear clothes that cover as much skin as possible;
- use mosquito repellents on exposed skin and on clothing in accordance with label instructions;
- use mosquito nets to protect babies, older and sick people and others who rest during the day. The effectiveness of mosquito nets can be improved by treating them with WHO-recommended insecticides.
- use mosquito coils and insecticide vaporizers during the daytime.