The Mighty-Mean Mosquito

MosquitoHazard_Clipart_FreeIt has been suggested, in joking, that it would make the perfect state bird.

It causes humans to head inside, and it buzzes in ears and it slowly steals tiny amounts of blood.

Yes, it’s the mighty-mean Mosquito.

Wisconsin is host to more than 50 species of Mosquito. Luckily not all of them prefer the taste of human! But, if you have ventured outdoors this Spring, especially to the Northern part of the state, you will find swarms of the blood suckers everywhere, including your local grocery store! ( Yes, even stores are having a hard time keeping the insects from getting inside.)

Bites from Mosquitoes are irritating and itchy, but that is the least of the worries. A couple of confirmed cases of West Nile virus have already been identified in Wisconsin this season. Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis and, of course, West Nile virus.

{Signs of West Nile virus include common flu-like symptoms and in extreme cases, symptoms include high fever, head and body aches, worsening weakness, confusion and even coma}

So how do we protect ourselves and our family and pets? Below are some chemical-free ideas that can aid in the reduction of mosquitoes.

  • Eliminate sources of standing water. Water is breeding ground for Mosquitoes.  Areas you may not think of as a source: Birdbaths, grill covers, baby pools and flowerpots
  • Screen all windows and doors, patch any holes in screens
  • Minimize outdoor activity during dusk hours when Mosquito activity is highest
  • Wear long sleeves and pants
  • Use a fan at outdoor gatherings to keep Mosquitoes at bay

 

Safeway Pest Management offers options in Mosquito management, including our Three Tier Program.

Call us to find out more at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800

 

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