Summer: warmer weather, longer days, grilling out…and 2,700 fatal flyers? The start of summer also signals the start of mosquito season, a dangerous time of year for those living in warm, moist climates. In fact, these pests are the world’s deadliest creatures, leading to one million deaths each year.
Is Orkin convincing you these pests are more than just awful annoyances? If not, listen to this buzz: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, illnesses from mosquitoes, ticks and flea bites have tripled over the last 3 years. Moreover, a mosquito can drink up to three times its weight in blood. They are prevalent throughout the majority of the world, with 2,700 known mosquito species (176 of which live in the United States.)
While these pests can be awfully resilient, Orkin entomologist Dr. Mark Beavers has several tips to help you keep mosquitoes away from your backyard – and you – this summer. In addition to using repellent and screening windows and doors, eliminating standing water can be an effective preventative measure. Also, make sure you’re not the focus of all of the neighborhood complaints; Orkin recommends each house trim back their vegetation to prevent mosquitoes from flying from lawn to lawn.
If mosquitoes continue to fly around your property and your family, especially during your backyard cookouts, it may be time to call in the professionals. Orkin is known for attacking even the most awful pest infestations, including mosquitoes. Through our integrated approach, we’ll determine where the pests are coming from, eliminate their hiding spots, and keep them out of your house and away from the grill.