Everyone in St. Louis is happy when a long and cold winter is over, permitting them to finally get back outside to enjoy the lawns at their homes and public recreational areas such as parks. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are a huge problem in this geographic zone due to the large number of natural waterways where the insects breed.
Mosquitoes Breed in Standing Water
Female mosquitoes find standing water in many locations to lay hundreds of eggs that eventually become flying insects that seek blood as nourishment from hosts. Individuals attacked by mosquitoes develop an irritating rash from the insect’s saliva that is injected into the skin. While the itching from mosquito bites is uncomfortable, the possibility of serious infection from the insects is a worse problem.
Avoiding Mosquito Bites while Outside
Many mosquito species carry diseases such as West Nile virus, yellow fever or malaria that can make people extremely ill or lead to death. This is why Bugs By Brian, serving St. Louis and surrounding areas, wants to inform customers in the area about ways to prevent having mosquitoes enter a building or infest outdoor areas. There are ways for people to avoid mosquito bites outside while still enjoying those outdoor activities like barbecues, gardening, and more, by using these methods:
- Remove items such as flower pots, old tires and toys from lawns
- Clean a building’s rain gutters to prevent standing water
- Tear out old tree stumps that hold rainwater
- Drain ponds and fill in areas on lawns where water collects
- Inspect rooftops for areas where mosquitoes can lay eggs
- Plant mosquito repellent foliage such as peppermint or marigolds
- Avoid dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are more active
- Wear maximum coverage clothing
- Avoid wearing perfumes that attract mosquitoes
- Apply mosquito repellents to prevent bites
- Do not wear dark or bright colors
- Wash with soap designed for hikers and campers
Prevent Mosquito Infestations Inside a Building
While most mosquito bites occur when people are outside, the insects can also enter a building through tiny crevices or find ways to breed inside walls or attic spaces, leading to huge amounts of the insects indoors. After homeowners have protected the exterior of a home from mosquitoes, the insects look for other places to lay eggs.
Mosquitoes often enter through window screens that are damaged or incorrectly installed. Verify that screens are closed and repaired to prevent small mosquitoes from entering. Apply insect sprays around windows and doorways inside and outside to deter mosquitoes, and make sure to repeat this process after rain washes away the substances.
Because insects are attracted to light, our customers should close a building’s draperies as evening approaches and throughout the night until daylight. Make sure that there are no small holes where mosquitoes can enter near a building’s foundation or utility lines by injecting a liquid caulking substance.
Contact a Professional Mosquito Exterminator
If a home is infested with mosquitoes, then protecting everyone at night with mosquito netting placed around beds can help until the problem has been solved by your pest control expert. However, this does not fully stop the problem of mosquito bites, especially for children too young to remain on alert to swat or smash the insects. Many mosquitoes do not make a buzzing noise or are very tiny, leading to numerous bites despite every precaution used by amateurs. This is why it is important to contact Bugs by Brian, a knowledgeable pest control company serving the areas of Jefferson, Franklin and St. Charles Counties, in addition to St. Louis.
Request a Free Pest Control Quote
Today, our licensed pest control technicians have environmentally safe chemicals to eliminate insects, including mosquitoes, that are located inside and outside residential and commercial properties. When customers contact Bugs By Brian, they speak directly to our staff members.
A customer experiencing an infestation of mosquitoes on a property can request an emergency or routine treatment that is eco-friendly and affordable. At Bugs by Brian, we offer free quotes when you contact us online, or call us at 636-394-0101.