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How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes?

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Finally, it’s that time of the year when the weather becomes warmer, flowers begin to bloom, and we can all start enjoying time outside again. It’s also that time of year when mosquitoes start to become a problem again. You may think of mosquitoes as being annoying and leaving behind red, itchy welts. However, mosquitoes have the potential to be quite dangerous. It’s important that everyone, including homeowners, educate themselves regarding the risks associated with mosquitoes and how to prepare for their arrival.

Mosquito bites are generally not dangerous themselves—but they may lead to secondary infections from incessant scratching. Mosquitoes look pretty harmless, right? It’s what you don’t see that has the potential to be dangerous. They may be carrying diseases such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, yellow fever, malaria, tularemia, Eastern equine encephalitis, and canine heartworm. The most recent discovery of Zika virus has many people taking mosquitoes much more seriously. Currently, any cases of Zika reported in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts have been travel related. While the level of risk of is much lower in this area, it’s still important to limit your exposure to mosquitoes as much as possible.

There are a few things that homeowners can do to prevent as many encounters with mosquitoes as possible for this upcoming spring. The number one thing that draws mosquitoes to your yard is areas of standing water—they use standing water as their breeding grounds. You’ll want to clean your gutters, fill in low lying areas, and flip over wheelbarrows and kiddy pools when not in use. Basic landscaping such as keeping your lawn trimmed short, clearing out drains and culverts, and reducing the number of plants and landscaping located near the home. In addition to these steps, repairing any screens in windows or doors will help minimize the number of mosquitoes that get inside. It’s also a good idea to wear protective clothing and wear mosquito deterrent when outside.

The best way to avoid mosquitoes is to invest in a mosquito control plan. Big Blue Bug Solutions provides residents of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut with mosquito reduction solutions so you can enjoy being outside without having to constantly worry about mosquitoes. Our diverse control methods are highly effective. They include identification of areas that develop and harbor mosquitoes, reduction of breeding sites, larvae control, and adult mosquito control. We offer year-round service plans as well as one-time intensive services. No matter the case, call Big Blue Bug Solutions today so we can help you enjoy this wonderful spring weather…mosquito free!