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Pests are everywhere, including the Pittsburgh area. Fortunately, most pests are merely a nuisance and not dangerous for you or your property. The bad news is that doesn’t apply to every pest. For example, mosquitoes are best avoided. Mosquitoes are fairly small with even the largest not exceeding 3/8” in length. They are grayish-brown in color and possess one set of wings. In addition, they have long thin legs and a prominent proboscis.

Part of what makes mosquitoes such a problem for property owners is they can be found nearly anywhere on a property. They will rest in tall grass and weeds near your home. In addition, they breed in standing water, which can happen even in your gutter system. They will also hang around septic seepage and in storm drains among other water sources.

Exploring The Problems They Cause

Mosquitoes are unique in that they are extremely annoying, but they are also quite deadly. In fact, they’re considered to be the most dangerous animal in the world thanks to the diseases they transmit. The most common diseases they transmit include:

Chikungunya

This illness is rarely fatal and symptoms last for about three days. However, the virus remains in the body for up to seven days. Some of the signs and symptoms can be mistaken for dengue, which leads to misdiagnosis. It’s been reported that outbreaks are often separated by periods of more than 10 years.

Zika Virus

This virus the subject of much concern in 2015 and 2016 due to the outbreak that occurred in the Americas. However, as of 2019, there have been no confirmed Zika cases reported in the United States.

Dengue

This is the world’s most important disease which can be transmitted by mosquito bites. Over 2,500 million people worldwide are at risk for infection with more than 20 million cases reported each year worldwide. While not as common in the United States, this remains a concern even here.

West Nile Virus

This is the most common mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. It’s spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and occurs most often during mosquito season, which is in the summer and into the fall. To date, there is no vaccine or medication available for this virus. One in five people develops a fever and one out of 150 people develop a serious and potentially fatal illness.

Malaria

Classified as an endemic in 91 countries, over 40% of the world’s population is at risk of contracting this disease. Fortunately, it’s not as common in the United States, but caution is needed if traveling to other countries, especially Africa. This disease is often fatal if not treated quickly.

Yellow Fever

This disease is caused by a virus found in tropical and subtropical areas of South America and Africa. Spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, this illness is preventable with a vaccine, but vaccination levels need to improve to prevent epidemic outbreaks from occurring. Up to 50% of infected people that develop serious symptoms have been known to die.

Mosquito Prevention Tips To Practice

Since mosquitoes are so dangerous, it makes sense to practice effective prevention. That’s why we recommend following these tips for the best protection possible:

  • Eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes breed in and near water. That’s why this tip is the number one tip to follow. Eliminate all traces of standing water where possible to severely cut down the mosquito population.

  • Don’t neglect the screens. Window and vent screens need to be maintained to ensure this pest doesn’t make it inside the home easily.

  • Use mosquito repellent. Make sure the repellent contains DEET so they will stay off of your body. You will want to ensure you target your ankles, feet, lower legs, and wrists while spraying.

  • Stick to light colors. Try to wear lighter colors during mosquito season. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors like black or dark blue. In addition, thicker fabrics offer increased protection.

Stay Protected With Witt Pest Management

When it comes to mosquitoes, there is nothing like proactive pest control that hits them at the source. Backed by over 100 years of experience, our team Witt Pest Management is committed to eliminating your mosquito population so everyone remains safe and healthy now and in the future. Learn about our home pest control and commercial pest control services.

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