Baldwyn's Complete Guide To Mosquitoes & Dangerous Diseases

a mosquito on a blade of grass

Mosquitoes will not stop buzzing around you until they’ve successfully bitten your skin. All they want is your blood because it helps keep them alive. If you happen not to see them or feel their nibbles, you’ll have red and itchy bumps as proof. With these flying bugs, having fun in Baldwyn outdoor settings is a battle.

Medical professionals across the world have labeled mosquitoes as a major health liability. They can transmit diseases because they take blood from both humans and animals. If that wasn’t concerning enough, managing them can be challenging. Learn more about the dangers of mosquitoes, and how McCary Pest Control can assist you with intervention.

How Do Mosquitoes Operate? What Are the Risks?

Mosquito is a translation for “little fly.” Their scaly bodies are indeed small, being 0.12 to 0.35 of an inch long. Encrusted wings, thin legs, and defined noses are their main features. Only females thirst for blood because it's required for their egg production. Water is necessary as well, but all the bugs actively pursue it. Organisms from it are a focal point for larvae. With this in mind, standing pools are essentially gathering stations for mosquitoes. Greenery is a hotspot too, due to the nectar. Domiciles and establishments intimate with bodies of water and vegetation will be disturbed by these pests. A calculated 3,500 species live on earth.

After mosquitoes come through foundation cracks or open windows and doors, they’ll land in a dark room. If the space is quiet and has a sprig of moisture, it will be especially attractive to them. For example, a closet, basement, or laundry room. Seeing the bugs or having their bites consistently signifies an infestation.

There are crucial effects associated with the diseases mosquitoes can spread:

  • Chikungunya is incurable and triggers fever and joint pain.
  • Malaria leads to sweating and chills.
  • Dengue spouts rashes, fever, and nausea.
  • Yellow Fever launches heart, kidney, and liver complications.

Some of the most common illnesses mosquitoes distribute are the West Nile and Zika viruses. Only one out of five infected persons with West Nile will have symptoms, such as mild headache and fever. Issues typically last a few days. Rare but severe instances involve things like intense body temperature, disorientation, and brain inflammation. Zika virus is linked to travel, but it’s present in Georgia. It’s generally not serious but can result in nervous system disease and birth defects.

The La Crosse and St. Louis encephalitis viruses can occur, but not as often. Both are potentially fatal. La Crosse is linked with lethargy, vomiting, seizures, and long-term health problems. The same goes for St. Louis encephalitis, with the addition of meningitis. 

How Can Mosquitoes Be Prevented?

The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species are prevalent in the region. What illnesses are a factor depends on the subgroup. Not all bites end in sickness, and not all sicknesses display symptoms. Nevertheless, deterrence is a must:

  • Burn essential oil candles with repellent ingredients
  • Set and clean mosquito traps
  • Reduce standing water
  • Trim grass and greenery regularly
  • Routinely flush gutters
  • Avoid wearing dark colors, which mosquitoes can easily see  
  • Try not to have alcoholic beverages; the smell attracts mosquitoes
  • Be mindful at sunset and when you’re near watery location

What Can McCary Pest Control Do About Mosquitoes?

The usual tactics for handling mosquitoes are just moderately effective. Candles, to point out, emit gases that draw the pests. Also, some items can be toxic. To lessen an infestation safely, contact us at McCary Pest Control. Our experienced technicians will use industrial-grade backpack misters and standing water treatments to cut down on breeding. Return and one-time visits are available. Call today for a free inspection and get started on effective mosquito control.