Warmer months bring the incessant buzz of mosquitoes to your yard. Without mosquito control, you've likely retreated indoors to avoid their wrath.
Only female mosquitoes dine on your blood. While the main source of nutrition for both male and female mosquitoes is water and nectar, females derive needed protein and amino acids from human blood. The scent of carbon dioxide and perspiring skin draws female mosquitoes to their human hosts. Once they’ve landed on you, their long mouthparts allow them to easily penetrate your skin. A female mosquito sucks three milligrams of your blood, almost four times its body weight, before satiating herself. This nourishment facilitates reproduction. In other words, human blood catalyzes reproduction for mosquitoes. Thus, an infestation can rapidly grow as a household provides an abundance of blood for mosquitoes, allowing them to reproduce ceaselessly.
Harm From Mosquitoes In Your Frisco Yard
Mosquito bites can cause moderate to severe allergic reactions. In fact, almost all people experience an allergic reaction from a mosquito bite, causing skin irritation and redness.
Symptoms of a mosquito bite include the following:
- A red bump around the bite
- Multiple bumps appearing a day or so following the bite
- Dark spots that resemble bruises.
- Do not scratch bites, as they can become infected. Apply some aloe vera to the bite to mitigate irritation. If infected, the site of the infection may feel warm. A red streak may develop near the bite.
You shouldn’t disregard a mosquito bite. To treat bites, use soap and warm water. Apply an ice pack to ameliorate inflammation. Pain relievers and antihistamines can also work to lessen skin irritation. In the rare case of a severe allergic reaction, you may develop a headache, body aches, or a fever. Seek immediate medical attention if these symptoms worsen.
Mosquitos can also spread various diseases. Diseases spread through mosquitos most notably include the West Nile virus, Zika virus, chikungunya virus, and malaria.
Signs Of An Infestation
Mosquitoes aren’t as shy as other pests. They’re brazen enough to leave overt signs of their presence. The most common sign of a mosquito infestation is a bite. Because most people are allergic to the saliva of a female mosquito, their immune systems produce a red bump around a mosquito bite. An itchy red bump is a sign of a mosquito infestation. Secondly, because mosquitoes do not live as inconspicuously as other pests, you’ll likely witness them buzzing around your ears. Females love to hang around humans. Further, you may find them near light. Like other insects, mosquitoes are attracted to sources of light.
Keeping Mosquitoes Away From You And Your Frisco Property
To prevent mosquito bites, you can take a few precautions. Firstly, apply bug spray and wear long sleeves when outside for extended periods of time, especially near standing water. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in or near standing water. When possible, remove all areas of standing water. Empty containers that collect water, such as birdbaths, wheelbarrows, playground equipment, and buckets. Secondly, always use screens on windows and doors in your Frisco home. Mosquitos can infiltrate your home in a flash if you leave the door open. Lastly, stay indoors at dawn and dusk. Mosquitoes thrive in the early and evening hours.
If You Live In Frisco, Call DANCAN The Pest Control Expert!
If mosquitoes continue to bite you despite your best efforts, we urge you to call us at DANCAN The Pest Control Expert. We can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes in your Frisco yard. Mosquitoes can be incredibly irksome and, in rare cases, dangerous pests. You shouldn’t continue to tolerate them. If you live in Frisco, reach out to us at DANCAN The Pest Control Expert to learn more about our mosquito control options!