Considered vector pests, mosquitoes and ticks can carry potentially deadly disease and viruses. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is warning the public to expect a spike in the mosquito and tick populations this summer across the country.
Mosquitoes kill more humans than any other creature on the globe. They can transmit the West Nile virus, which has been detected across the nation. Mosquitoes can also transmit the Zika virus, dengue fever and chikungunya to humans. Ticks transmit Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. All of these disease transmittals can become fatal.
The best way to avoid disease transmittal from these vector pests is to avoid contact with ticks and mosquitos. By taking the precautions listed below, you can protect your family from contracting disease.
10 Ways to Protect Your Family from Mosquitoes and Ticks This Summer:
1) Avoid Standing Water: Mosquitos do not need much water to breed, so eliminating all areas of standing water is advisable. Areas such as birdbaths, flowerpots, potholes, or any location that allows water to collect could be a breeding ground for them.
2) Insect Repellent: When outside, apply an insect repellent that contains at least twenty percent DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
3) Dress Appropriately: Wear long pants, sleeves and closed toed shoes. Dress in light colored clothing to make it easier to spot ticks and mosquitoes when spending time outside. Apparently, deep colors like red, black and dark blue stand out and attract bugs!
4) Lawn care & Landscaping: Cut lawn frequently and remove weeds, as much as possible. Avoid wood piles or areas filled with debris build up.
5) Tick & Flea Treatment: Keep your pets and family safe by providing regular tick and flea treatments for all pets applied in a timely manner. This can keep ticks at bay, but regular inspection of pets is still advisable.
6) Regular Inspections: Inspect and properly remove ticks from family members after being outdoors on a regular basis. Be sure to check hair and crevices on children where ticks tend to embed.
7) Screens and Mosquito Netting: Hang screens in windows and doors. Frequently check for any holes and replace, if necessary. Use mosquito netting treated with a time-release insecticide hung over a bed or crib or when camping.
8) Feeding Time: Mosquitoes’ prime feeding times are during the dusk and dawn. If possible, avoid being outside at these times of day.
9) Make Yourself LESS Appealing: Evidently, some people are more attractive to mosquitos. They prefer people with Type O blood. Changing your blood type is not an option. Nevertheless, there are some strategies to be less appealing to mosquitoes. Body odor and those who drink 12 oz. of beer make some people more appealing. As noted above, DEET is effective, as is Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume or Avon’s Skin So Soft Bath Oil.
10) Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Contact a licensed pest control professional near me if you are concerned about ticks or mosquitoes on your property.
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