The Best Way To Protect Yourself From Huntsville, AL Mosquitoes
August 27, 2021
Here in Huntsville, we’re not exactly unfamiliar with the annoying buzz of a hoard of mosquitoes. Our warm, humid climate gives them plenty of moisture to breed in, and our mild winters mean their activity season is long, giving them even more opportunities to bite. Far from being just another annoying bug that leaves an itchy welt, mosquitoes pose a huge threat to people and pets because of the myriad of diseases they spread. Let’s take look at the dangers mosquitoes pose and how to keep these flying contagion wagons off your property.
Dangers Of Mosquitoes
As we said above, mosquitoes are dangerous because of the diseases they spread, but just how dangerous are they? As it turns out, extremely. In fact, because they provide a vector for deadly illnesses such as yellow fever, dengue fever, and malaria, they're considered the deadliest animal on Earth. The most lethal mosquito-borne disease by far is malaria. It alone kills half a million to a million people a year – or between one and two people per minute every single day.
We don’t have malaria in the United States, but we do have several different forms of mosquito-borne encephalitis that can sometimes prove deadly. In North America, mosquitoes can carry plenty of diseases, including:
- Chikungunya virus
- Dengue fever
- Encephalitis (multiple varieties)
- West Nile virus
- Zika virus
Not only can these diseases put you and your family at risk of things like birth defects, brain damage, and death, but they can also cause serious problems for your pets too. West Nile virus, for example, is particularly dangerous for horses – so dangerous, in fact, that it kills them in about a third of cases. That means it’s important to keep their vaccines current.
Mosquitoes also pose a threat to your dogs and cats because they spread heartworm: a parasitic roundworm variety that infects the hearts of many different mammal species. When a mosquito bites your dog or cat, it passes the larval worms to the animal. Heartworm disease can shave years off your pet’s life and is difficult to treat. Despite popular belief, it actually is possible for humans to get heartworms as well, so it’s vital to take preventative measures for your pets and your property.
The best way to keep mosquitoes off your property is to avoid attracting them. Since mosquitoes don’t travel far after birth, if you avoid getting a breeding population on your property, you can drastically cut your mosquito exposure. Mosquitoes need moisture to lay their eggs. Most need stagnant water, but some can make do with just wet soil, so that means you’ll have to eliminate as much moisture as possible to make your property a hostile place for mosquitoes by:
- Getting rid of all standing water around your home, including kiddie pools, birdbaths, clogged drainage, mud puddles, etc.
- Trimming shade trees and brush as much as you can. This not only encourages evaporation in soil but will also reduce mosquito hiding spots.
- Cut down on the number of flowering plants on your property. Mosquitoes only bite when they need a blood meal; otherwise, they eat nectar, so eliminating that food source will reduce your property’s attractiveness.
- Plant mosquito-repelling herbs and flowers like lavender, rosemary, mint, citronella, lemongrass, and basil
If these measures don’t keep mosquitoes away from your home, you may need professional help. Here at Custom Pest Control, we’re North Alabama’s premier mosquito experts. Our trained and licensed technicians will tailor the pest control plans to fit your needs – all without a contract or a commitment. So give us a call at (256) 377-6301 or visit our contact page to schedule your service today!