Did you know that adult female mosquitoes are the only ones that will bite humans? The little ladies need protein from a blood meal to develop their eggs. Some female mosquitoes only prefer biting certain animals such as birds and cattle. Diseases are spread by mosquitoes that bite multiple species in order to attain their blood meal. There are two serious mosquito-transmitted diseases found in the Massachusetts area.
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus (WNV) is transferred to humans by mosquitoes that have bitten an infected bird. People who become infected can display anything from no symptoms at all to fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands. There is no specific treatment for West Nile Virus.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
EEE is regarded as one of the most serious mosquito-borne diseases in the
United States due to the high mortality rate. The disease is usually seen in animal species such as horses, ponies and donkeys. It infects the central nervous system and can be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2012, a total of 7 human cases of EEE were diagnosed in Massachusetts. This is the highest number of EEE annual cases in the state since 1956.
The best way to control and prevent mosquitoes from biting your family and pets is to have your yard professionally treated by a licensed mosquito control company. There are also several tips that we suggest to ensure that mosquitoes to not have a chance to breed in your yard. Mosquitoes need moisture or small amounts of standing water in which to lay their eggs.
Follow our 5T’s of Mosquito Control to eliminate any standing water in your yard:
Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs.
Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and
clippings from yards.
3. TURN OVER
Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
4. REMOVE TARPS
If tarps stretched over firewood, boats or equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
Utilize a mosquito control barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.
Whether you are in Chelmsford, Lowell, Billerica, Tewksbury or any of the many areas that we service in Massachusetts, our professionals can help you with mosquito control and prevention. Contact Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford to learn more about our effective mosquito elimination program. Call us for a quote (877) 387-7823 or email us at email@example.com.