The Dangers of Mosquitoes: Why You Need to Protect Yourself
Unlike male mosquitoes, which feed on nectar and plant juices, female mosquitoes drink blood. They require the nutrients in blood to lay eggs. During feeding, they inject saliva into the bodies of the blood source that stops blood from clotting.
With over 2500 species in every region of the world except Antarctica, mosquitoes are a serious problem. During peak breeding times, there are more of these insects on Earth than any animal except ants and termites. Although mosquitoes leave itchy and uncomfortable bites after feeding on human blood, the larger issue is that mosquitoes carry many harmful diseases.
Why mosquitoes are dangerous
According to studies and statistics, mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world. The number of people killed by mosquitoes every year far trumps any other animal in existence at 725,000 deaths a year. More than 2 million people a year die from mosquito-carried diseases, such as:
Malaria alone kills more than 600,000 people every year, as well as incapacitates another 200 million people for days at a time. This deadly disease also causes billions of dollars in lost productivity annually in tropical and subtropical regions.
On the flip side, the West Nile is actually the most common disease transmitted by mosquitoes in the U.S. What symptoms do all of these diseases have in common? Fever, body aches, dizziness, and confusion-- all which occur two days to two weeks after a bite.
How to keep them away the natural way
Although mosquitoes can transmit deadly diseases and harm your family, there are several natural ways you can keep them at bay.
- 1. Cover up: Wear long sleeve shirts and pants in light colors. Did you know dark colors actually attract mosquitoes?
- 2. Skip scented cosmetics: Use unscented shampoo, deodorant, creams and lotions to deter thirsty mosquitoes.
- 3. Eliminate standing water: Mosquitoes are attracted to stagnant water in kiddie pools, buckets, and other places where they lay eggs. Keep water areas like this to a minimum. If pets drink from outside bowls, change the water frequently.
- 4. Rub essential oil on skin: Combine two tablespoons of vegetable oil with 30 drops of lavender oil and apply to skin for an all-natural repellent.
- 6. Light citronella candles: Citronella is another natural mosquito repellent. Although it is available for purchase, it is easy to make citronella candles. Place them around your patio or garden to act as a barrier.
- 7. Eat garlic: Garlic breath may not be the most attractive smell, but it does keep mosquitoes from biting! After eating garlic, you release garlic oil from your pores which deters mosquitoes.
- 8. Drink apple cider vinegar: Drink a mixture of 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 16 ounces of water. If it is too bitter, sweeten the mixture with one tablespoon of honey.
Even with these tips, the truth is sometimes mosquitoes can still find a way into your yard. The most effective way to ensure they stay out for good is a professional mosquito treatment for your home. Here at Anti-Pesto Bug Killers, we treat the places in your yard where mosquitoes tend to breed, eliminating them at the source. We even use child and pet-friendly products for your complete peace of mind.
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