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Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bite

Although most mosquito bites are harmless and do not carry the risk of serious illnesses, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in annual reports of mosquito-borne diseases, specifically viruses spread by mosquitoes like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

A persons chance of becoming ill from a single mosquito bite remains relatively low. Nevertheless you should always ensure that you take the appropriate steps necessary to prevent mosquitoes from biting you and your family thereby reducing the risks in being infected by a serious vector-borne disease.

Identifying Mosquito Bites

Female mosquitoes are attracted to us by our body heat, the carbon dioxide in our breath, perspiration on our skin and even our body odor. They are capable of travelling between 1 - 2 miles in search of a blood meal. Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices because their mouth parts are not designed for piercing skin and feeding on protein.

Mosquito bites are characterized by:

  • Itchy Red Bumps

    Visible red bumps that are itchy and that appear on the surface of your skin after a female mosquito has punctured the skin with her thin proboscis to feed on your blood in order to use the protein from the blood to produce eggs.
  • Swelling

    A mosquitoes saliva contains proteins, digestive enzymes and an anticoagulant that prevents our blood from clotting. The protein in their saliva provokes an immune response from your body, namely the redness, swelling and bump, which is what makes a mosquito bite itch so much. 

The swelling will usually subside as the immune cells in your body break down the foreign agents in the blood stream and generally disappear before the itching does.

How To Prevent Mosquito Bites

The best way of preventing and reducing the likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes is by taking some basic mosquito control measures around your business and home such as the elimination of common mosquito breeding sites like stagnant pools of water, water-filled containers or flower pots and even moist soil areas.

Bear in mind that an empty container that can hold as little as a cup or more of water can be used as a breeding ground by mosquitoes, so eliminate any areas in your garden or yard that contain pools of water as without water, mosquito eggs cannot hatch.

You can also contact your local pest control experts to provide you with barrier treatments or mosquito larviciding services.

To protect yourself against mosquito bites you should avoid areas where mosquitoes are more likely to congregate, like areas with dense vegetation - especially between dusk and dawn - as well as ensure that you use a mosquito repellent.

Professional Mosquito Control Solutions

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We provide season-long mosquito control by creating a mosquito-free barrier around your property and by targeting adult mosquitoes where they rest using conventional or all-natural materials.

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