Summer is officially here and in order to help you and your family have the best summer ever, the professionals at Parkway Pest Services want to tell you why putting a professional mosquito control program into place is the main ingredient of a great summer!
Even though mosquitoes are tiny pests and can be squished quite easily, they are one of the most dangerous pests in the world because of all the dangers and diseases that they can pose to both people and animals. One of the main reasons that mosquitoes are considered to be such a danger is due to their ability to spread a wide range of dangerous diseases to people and our pets. Zika virus is a very serious mosquito-borne disease that results in dire health consequences; if a pregnant woman contracts the Zika virus, it can cause microcephaly (microcephaly is characterized by an abnormally small head size and damaged brain) in the unborn child; this virus affects any stage of a pregnancy. Both species of mosquito that are known to spread Zika (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) can be found in New York State. In addition to Zika virus, some other diseases, and health risks that mosquitoes can transmit include:
- West Nile virus
- Dengue fever
- Heartworm - Mosquitoes can infect pets with parasitic heartworms which is a condition that can become life-threatening
- Secondary infections caused by excessive scratching of swollen and itchy mosquito bites
In addition to introducing significant health dangers to people found on the properties that mosquitoes invade, they are also a huge nuisance to deal with. Swarms of mosquitoes have the potential to drive people back indoors, ruin any outdoor event that you have planned, and to prevent you and your family from enjoying your outdoor space during the warm summer season.
In an effort to reduce mosquito populations, many people attempt DIY mosquito control techniques; however, DIY mosquito control methods are not reliable and in the end will cost you time, money, and leave you with itchy and potentially dangerous mosquito bites. DIY mosquito treatments are ineffective because, while they may eliminate some of the adult mosquitoes, they won’t get to the root of the mosquito problem on your property — they won’t eliminate areas of standing water, get rid of overgrown grasses and vegetation, or eliminate mosquito larvae and eggs, which allows for a reinfestation to occur.
The best way to control mosquitoes and drastically reduce their numbers on your New York State property this summer is to partner with Parkway Pest Solutions and put into place our mosquito control services. Through Integrated Pest Management, we are able to make physical changes around your property, in addition to using insecticides in minimal amounts and only in targeted areas of your property to eliminate breeding and resting sites. Give us a call today to learn more about our mosquito control programs and how we can work together to keep your property mosquito-free so you can get out and enjoy your yard this summer!