Wacky Pest Wednesday: Mosquitoes
Happy Wednesday, Tri-County Pest Control fans, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday! This Wednesday, we’re talking about a pest that everyone knows about, and one that can be a great nuisance in these warm summer months: the mosquito.
Mosquitoes are known for their bloodsucking tendencies, and with that, you may think that every mosquito that lands on you will deliver a blood-sucking bite. However, did you know that only the females bite? While all mosquitoes have long, straw-like noses, only the females use it for taking blood, which we are sure runs contrary to what you may have previously thought.
Despite this fact, a mosquito bite can still come with a wide array on consequences. Usually in our part of the world, a mosquito bite simply means some mild annoyance and a very itchy spot. Yet in other parts, mosquito bites can carry severe disease such as malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. In the US, you don’t have to worry too much about contracting these diseases from just one mosquito bite, but we hope that they serve as some sort of reason to motivate efforts to repel mosquitoes in your daily life.
One way you can combat mosquitoes this summer is to make extensive use of citronella candles at dusk, as the smell will drive them way. Alternatively, if you don’t have candles on hand, a strong, minty-flavor mouthwash will work just as well. All you need to do for this DIY solution is to take a paper towel or tissue, soak it in the mouthwash, and rub it all over your arms and legs. Believe it or not, the fresh scent will drive mosquitoes away like the plague.
In addition to these remedies, you can let nature do its work to combat mosquitoes. Natural predators, such as bats, dragonflies, and toads will gladly take a mosquito as a tasty meal, so having them around your home may not be a bad idea. In fact, if you are handy with a hammer, you can build a few bat houses to encourage a higher bat population in your yard, ultimately leading to less mosquitoes.
However, no matter how bad a mosquito infestation may seem, always know that Tri-County Pest Control has the means to combat it. Just give us a call, and we’ll drive out the mosquitoes for good and come up with a regular maintenance plan to ensure that they do not come back.
To put all of your mosquito woes away for the summer, give us a call today!