Of all the pests that people have to deal with, mosquitoes are some of the most annoying. These are dreaded insects that no one wants to encounter as they hover around people and try to suck their blood. These bites can be painful while they are happening, but they get even worse afterward as they start to itch and swell. While spring and summer can be enjoyable times of the year in Westchester, it also brings with it summertime pests. Mosquitoes are common in warm weather, especially in humid areas or close to bodies of water.
How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes?
There’s no denying that mosquitoes are some of the most obnoxious pests to encounter as they are always looking to snack on human blood. But, they are more than just nuisance pests. Mosquitoes are particularly dangerous because of how they can spread diseases. (Even the bites in and of themselves can be a concern as they sometimes hurt and always itch and some people are allergic to them.) But then there are the diseases they can transmit to humans, diseases such as West Nile, malaria, and Dengue. Mosquitoes are actually one of the most dangerous animals on earth because of the infectious diseases they carry.
What Do Mosquitoes Look Like?
Most people know about these pests and can recognize them, but as a refresher, a mosquito is a long-legged, flying insect that sucks the blood of humans and animals. They also feed on nectar, and it’s only the females of the species that eat blood because they need it to lay eggs. It’s easy to tell a mosquito by its thin body and three pairs of long legs as well as the long sucking mouth parts they have called a proboscis.
How To Prevent Mosquitoes
Because mosquitoes are so annoying to have around, many people look for ways to reduce mosquitoes around their homes, using do-it-yourself methods. While some of these methods can be somewhat effective, there are others that don’t work at all. In general, these prevention steps might temporarily keep mosquitoes away from you, but they aren’t a lasting solution. Common DIY mosquito techniques include:
Using citronella candles and sprays
The use of essential oils
Getting rid of stagnant water
Some of these methods such as bug sprays can work for a short period of time and are useful when in the wilderness or spending time outdoors, but they don’t actually get rid of the mosquito population. Getting rid of standing water on your property can help, but is rarely totally effective in getting rid of mosquitoes.
Why Professional Pest Control Is The Best Option
Unlike many do-it-yourself methods, professional mosquito control is much more effective. Mosquitoes can be notoriously hard to get rid of, and professional pest service is the only way to notice a significant, long-term decrease in these pests around your Westchester home.
At Parkway Pest Services, we provide two different mosquito treatment plans. Both of these plans are eco-friendly and effective.
- Seasonal Mosquito Treatments: This is the best option for home or business owners who want to keep mosquitoes away during their active season. This ongoing service lasts from April to October with a service call each month.
- One-Time Mosquito Treatments: If you’re having an outdoor event during the warmer months, a one-time mosquito treatment is an effective and cost-efficient way to keep these pests away from the area for up to three weeks.
Contact Parkway Pest Services For Help
The most effective way of keeping your family safe from mosquito bites in your yard and home is to contact Parkway Pest Services. With over 85 years of experience in New York, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest standard of pest control.