Three things all Ventura County residents should know are what mosquitoes want, the dangers they pose, and how to avoid making your property a breeding spot for mosquitoes.
Not All Mosquitoes Bite
Mosquitoes don’t bite, they suck, and only female mosquitoes do this. She needs the protein in blood to help her eggs develop. It is believed that mosquitoes prefer type O blood and they use C02 to identify bite targets. They also are attracted to lactic acid, so people who are being active outside will have more mosquitoes seeking them out.
Problems Mosquitoes Cause
Mosquitoes are not just annoying insects that cause itchy red welts. They can spread diseases such as malaria, Dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. Around one million people die from mosquito-transmitted diseases yearly, worldwide. While there are vaccines and medications that can protect people from some of these diseases, it is best to take precautions and protect yourself against their bites.
How To Deter Mosquitoes
One of the best ways to deter mosquitoes is to eliminate their breeding grounds. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so if you have any on your property, eliminate it if possible. For example, if you have kiddie pools, wheelbarrows, empty flowerpots, buckets, etc., store them upside down or remove them so that water won’t collect and become stagnant. It also helps to clear away brush around your property.
Dusk to dawn is when mosquitoes are most active so staying inside at these times is helpful. Also, not having outside lighting on at night will help keep mosquitoes and other pests away. While some DIY treatments suggest spraying yourself down with bug sprays, the best protection from mosquitoes is to treat the problem at the source.
How Ventura County Pest Control Can Help
Ventura County Pest Control takes the threat of mosquitoes seriously. We offer the most comprehensive mosquito treatment around. We use a specialized targeted power mist. Our technicians eliminate breeding sites by treating standing water with a pre-emergent product. They also apply a mosquito granule to the turf to help target and control mosquitoes hiding in the grass. You can count on the Ventura County guarantee – we will get rid of your pests and keep them away! Call us to schedule services, our lines are open 24/7.