7 Ways to Prevent Mosquito Bites

Mosquito biting an arm

Summer is here. But it’s hard to enjoy your backyard when you’re busy slapping your arms and legs as the mosquitoes bite you.

Mosquito bites are generally not dangerous in and of themselves. However, mosquitoes can transmit diseases to humans through their bites. These diseases can be serious and even life-threatening, depending on the specific disease and the individual’s health and immune system.

Some examples of diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitoes include:

Malaria: This is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, chills, and flu-like illness, and it can be treated with medication if diagnosed early.

Zika virus: This virus is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes and can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. It can also cause serious birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with the virus while pregnant.

West Nile virus: This virus is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes and can cause fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes a rash. In severe cases, it can cause encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or meningitis (swelling of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord).

Chikungunya: This is a viral disease transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. It can cause fever, joint pain, muscle pain, headache, and rash.

Take back your yard. Here are the seven best ways to prevent mosquitoes from biting you.

7 – Stay indoors at dusk and dawn

That’s when the mosquitoes are going to be out looking for that blood meal which
is you and your family.

6 – Don’t be bold type O negative

Yes, mosquitoes will eat any blood type (A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-, O+), but research shows that they prefer O-.

5 – Wear a mosquito repellant

There are a ton of natural options out there, but the best and most effective is going to have DEET in it.

4 – Head to the beach

Mosquitoes don’t like the wind. You can also install fans on your decks, porches, and patios, too. Move that air around to prevent mosquitoes.

3 – Remove stand water from your property.

Mosquitoes breed in pools of stagnant water.

Think outside the box and take a walk around the property. Make sure your gutters aren’t clogged. Turn over kiddie pools, buckets, and old tires.

2 – Use the in2Care Mosquito Bucket System

This will allow you to reduce the population of mosquitoes by thousands on your property without even doing anything else.

1 – Call a Pest Professional Company for a Barrier Treatment

Call a local mosquito control company to spray the perimeter of your yard.

While mosquito bites themselves are not usually dangerous, they can transmit diseases that can be serious or even life-threatening. It is important to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, such as using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants, especially in areas where these diseases are prevalent.

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Tim Horgan

Tim Horgan

Service manager for Debug Pest Control.