The Mosquitoes In Hot Springs Could Be Making You Sick

Mosquitoes And Dangerous Diseases

There are many dangerous diseases that mosquitoes can carry and transmit to humans, including:

  • Malaria
  • Yellow fever
  • Dengue fever
  • Chikungunya
  • West Nile virus

These diseases you can get from mosquitoes can cause severe illness or even death in humans if not treated on time, so it’s essential to take steps to keep mosquitoes away, like calling a professional mosquito control service.

Mosquito Spit Disturbs Human Cells For Days

When a mosquito takes a blood meal from you, it also leaves behind its saliva. That saliva contains proteins that can cause an immune reaction in your body- and that reaction can last for days.

For some people, the reaction is mild and causes little more than an itchy bump at the site of the bite.

But for others, the reaction can be much more severe. In some cases, it can even lead to life-threatening conditions like anaphylactic shock.

It’s essential to take steps to prevent mosquito bites in the first place to avoid being among the victims reacting to mosquito spit. You might not feel it at first, but the effects can be more severe on a cellular level as well. An expert pest exterminator has what it takes to get rid of mosquitoes in the house.

When A Mosquito Bites!

Before going any further, it’s important to point out that only female mosquitoes bite, and this is to get blood for their babies. The red fluid has the necessary nutrients for the wrigglers to grow. Mosquitoes generally drink fruit juices and nectar only. After laying their baby mosquitoes in the pool, the females resume their sugar diet.

When a mosquito bites someone, it enters its proboscis into the skin and sucks the blood. Her saliva is injected into your skin as she feeds. This saliva prevents blood from clotting and reacts with your skin to cause the visible red, itchy bump that appears after a mosquito bite.

The critter doesn’t just leave behind an itchy bump. Its saliva can also contain viruses and other diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Experts advise that you don’t scratch the bump. Otherwise, the skin around it will break and leave you prone to infection.

Mosquito Control Services Made Easy In Hot Springs

Dealing with mosquitoes can get tricky since they’re as determined to survive as you are to finish them off. That’s why you need a qualified and reputable pest control company like Advanced Pest Control on your side to ensure there are no mosquitoes left on your property.

We’re a family-operated and owned pest control agency based in Hot Springs, AR. We’ve served Hot Springs residents and those in the neighboring areas for more than ten years. Our aim is to ensure your space is mosquito-free, and we have a simple yet effective strategy to make that happen:

  1. We inspect your home for the critters.
  2. Once we identify them, we create a customized service plan to eliminate them.
  3. We perform regular follow-ups on your property after the extermination to ensure it stays pest-free.

Our technicians are friendly, and we use government-approved products. Call us today and see the difference.

How To Protect Yourself From Hot Springs Mosquitoes

Dangers Of The Mosquito

When the mosquito bites you, she injects saliva that has an anti-coagulant and an anti-inflammatory effect. This keeps the blood from clotting faster than she can draw it out and keeps the swelling from the bite from forcing her proboscis out of the hole. Unfortunately, she also injects any diseases or parasites she is carrying.

Mosquitoes are considered by many to be the most dangerous animals in the world because of the diseases and parasites they spread. Currently, mosquitoes are known to spread the Zika virus, malaria, West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, encephalitis, tularemia, dog heartworms, and more. Not all of these illnesses are found in the United States, but they can be brought back by travelers from other countries.

Lifecycle Of The Mosquito

It is important to understand the lifecycle of the mosquito to understand how to protect yourself from them. After a blood meal, the female mosquito lays her eggs on still water or in a place that floods with the rains. The eggs that are laid on still water are laid in a raft, while the flood ones are laid as a single egg per spot. The flood egg will stay viable for two years before the water comes and the egg hatches.

The still water eggs will hatch in about 24-48 hours. The larvae are called wrigglers because they wiggle in the water. Wrigglers breathe through a snorkel while in the water. In 7-10 days after the eggs hatch, the wrigglers pupate and are called tumblers. This is because if the surface of the water is disturbed, they tumble through it. Adult mosquitoes hatch from the back of the tumblers and fly away.

Factors That Attract Mosquitoes

Water attracts mosquitoes. Adult mosquitoes are drawn to cool spots to loaf until they go out. This may be spots between shrubs and the wall of the house, tall grass, or other shady places that are reasonably cool. Some mosquitoes fly at night and some during the day, but nearly all of them will be out at dawn and dusk.

Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes

The best way you can protect yourself from mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water in your yard.

  • Dump out tires, buckets, and other things that hold water.
  • Make sure there are no standing puddles in low spots in your yard.
  • Empty and clean dog bowls, horse troughs, and birdbaths at least once every five days.
  • Properly maintained pools are not a problem, but ones that are not maintained are.
  • Cut shrubs back from the house to eliminate the cool spot mosquitoes like to loaf in.
  • Cut grass and weeds regularly.
  • Make sure gutters are cleaned out and draining properly.
  • Wear light-colored clothing when outdoors.
  • Stay inside at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are thick.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants with close-toed shoes.
  • Apply DEET to your clothing to repel mosquitoes.

Get Professional Help

Advanced Pest Control can help you to reduce the mosquito population at your Hot Springs property to almost zero. We can come out on a one-time basis or every month to fog the yard. This kills adult mosquitoes and makes it possible to enjoy your outdoor living space. Call Advanced Pest Control today and get rid of those mosquitoes. We also offer commercial pest management solutions.