Mosquito Bites: Keep Your Family Safe

Posted by David Outhous on May 22, 2020 10:00:00 AM

While mosquitoes have a relatively short lifespan – a few days to a few weeks, with females living longer, they continuously breed and come back to bite you. These tiny pests can wreak a lot of havoc, from itchy bites to diseases that are sometimes fatal. Diseases include West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and other viruses that cause encephalitis.

Learn how to get rid of mosquitoes with a combination of professional and at-home mosquito control. Using one method is usually insufficient. You should have a professional spray and take steps to get rid of favorite breeding grounds.

What Do Mosquito Bites Look Like?

Mosquito bites usually clear up after a few days, and often swell and itch. They show up as swollen bumps on your skin. Mosquito bites swelling shows that your body is trying to get rid of the mosquito saliva, which is a foreign body to your immune system. If you are allergic to mosquito bites, the bites could cause a large area of swelling, turn red and may be very sore.

The bite itself usually shows up as a white bump with a red tint to it. About a day after the mosquito bites you, the bite may turn into a hard, itchy bump that might be reddish-brown in color. Some people may have small blisters rather than hard bumps. Some may also have dark spots that mimic a bruise.

If someone has an immunodeficient system or hasn’t been bitten by a type of mosquito before, the bites may cause a low-grade fever, a large swollen and red area and hives. Some people may even suffer from swollen lymph nodes. Children are also more susceptible to these symptoms.

How to Stop Mosquito Bites

During mosquito season, you need to take several precautions to avoid mosquito diseases. You can protect yourself from mosquito bites by:

  • Using an insect repellant with DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus in it. Other chemicals known to work include para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone and picaridin.

  • Cover your arms and legs with long sleeves and pants. Though, some mosquitoes can bite through clothing. Spray the clothing, but do not spray under clothing.

  • Keep baby carriers and strollers covered with netting.

  • Reapply insect repellant as directed on the label.

  • Set up fans around the patio and pool area. Mosquitoes do not fly well in the wind.

  • Make sure screens on windows and doors do not have holes in them.

  • Remove any standing water in your yard, including birdbaths.

  • Pick up and discard leaves and plant debris.

  • Remove old tires. If you have a tire swing, drill holes in the bottom so water drains out.

  • Use an electric bug zapper to attract and kill bugs.

  • Plant foliage that is bug-repellant, such as lemongrass.

  • If you have a pond or other water feature, make sure the water is continuously circulating. You can install a fountain or pump the water onto a waterfall that goes back into the pond.

Even with all of these steps, mosquitoes will continue to look for breeding grounds.

Contact RichPro Pest Management

Once you get your yard picked up, contact RichPro Pest Management to schedule an appointment for us to come out to spray for mosquitoes and other pets. If you leave breeding grounds after we spray, the mosquitoes will continue to breed in those areas.