July 19, 2018
Most of us can agree that mosquitoes are a huge nuisance in our lives, especially if we try to go outdoors during the summer, even in our own backyard! They buzz in our ears, fly around in our face, make us flee indoors for refuge, and no matter how much we try to avoid them, they always find a place to bite, causing a raised itchy bump that could drive just about anyone crazy!
Worse yet, the mosquitoes that are so prevalent in the Houston area are also dangerous! These biting pests pose a potential health risk to humans and animals due to their ability to transmit the Chikungunya, Zika, and West Nile viruses; not only that, mosquitoes can plague Houston year-round, not just during the summertime!
Chikungunya virus commonly will cause fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, joint swelling, and a rash. This virus is not usually fatal, but should not be taken lightly.
Zika virus will also cause fever, joint pain, rash, as well as conjunctivitis. Only a few people have had serious cases of the Zika virus, but this particular mosquito-borne virus has been known to cause additional problems for pregnant women as it can be passed on to the baby.
The most common mosquito-borne illness that presents a threat in the Houston area is West Nile virus, although many people will become infected with this virus and not even know they had it. This disease can cause a fever, joint pain, headache and a rash, but is rarely fatal. This virus can also cause neurological problems, but only in less than 1% of the infected people.
Due to the health risks mosquitoes present, it is very important for people to protect themselves when they are outdoors:
- Always use an insect repellent
- Wear long sleeves as well as long pants tucked into socks
- Avoid spending time outdoors during the peak mosquito hours which are typically before dawn and after dusk
There are also some steps you can take around your home in order to reduce the mosquito populations on your property:
- Remove any items in your yard that may collect rainwater like overturned tools and toys
- Eliminate sources of standing water like bird baths, puddles, and pools
- Keep your lawn cut short by mowing on a regular basis
- Trim back the vegetation found on your property
Although these are some good first steps towards reducing the number of mosquitoes around your home, most DIY methods are time-consuming, expensive, and are not a completely effective solution to your mosquito problems. For the most effective mosquito elimination for homeowners in the Houston area, professional pest control treatment is the best option. You can trust Modern Pest Control with all of your mosquito and pest control needs! By partnering with our professionals, we can assure you that we will do everything we can to reduce the mosquito population on your property as well as reduce the risk of the dangerous viruses that they carry. Contact us at Modern Pest Control to learn more about our mosquito control services today!