In The Line Of Bite: Protecting Yourself Against Mosquitoes In The Bay Area

a hungry mosquito up close

Mosquito infestations can be frustrating. These insects seem relentless as they bite you and your family. If you’re struggling to keep mosquitoes out of your yard, you need professional mosquito control in the Bay Area from Bay Pest. We treat mosquito infestations so you and your family can stay safe.

Understanding Mosquito Behavior: Insights Into Why They Bite

Mosquitoes around the Bay Area are so common that their bites are considered a part of life. But have you ever wondered why you’re attacked by insects when you go outside? Mosquitoes typically get the nutrients they need just by drinking nectar. However, female mosquitoes need extra protein to lay eggs, which they can only get from a blood meal; this is why they bite humans and animals: to be able to reproduce. 

If you’re getting lots of mosquito bites around your yard, there are breeding mosquitoes nearby. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. 

Health Risks Of Mosquito Bites: Warning Signs To Watch For

You may encounter a few diseases carried by mosquitoes in the Bay Area. These are West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, encephalitis, and tularemia. Although mosquito-borne illnesses are relatively rare in this area, they do still happen. If a person contracts one of these illnesses, they’ll likely develop flu-like symptoms within two weeks of being bitten. Children, older adults, and immuno-compromised people are more likely to react severely to a mosquito bite. 

The itchy welt that appears after a mosquito bite is your body’s natural reaction to the mosquito’s saliva. The bite should heal on its own as long as you keep it clean and do your best to leave it alone. Scratching too much can break the skin and put you at risk of an infection. 

Mosquito Bite Prevention: How to Protect Yourself From Bites

Keeping mosquitoes out of your yard can be a difficult process. However, these prevention tips can make your property less attractive to insects and help you avoid mosquito bites:

  • Remove anything that collects water from your yard.
  • Clear out overgrown plants that create shade.
  • Plant basil, lemongrass, and other herbs that repel mosquitoes.
  • Protect yourself with mosquito repellent and clothing.

Because mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, anything in your yard that collects and holds water can be a breeding site. Anything with standing water should be removed from your yard, emptied and refilled frequently, or treated with a mosquito larvicide. 

Mosquitoes seek out shady areas to rest in. Clearing out overgrown plants is a good way to make your yard less attractive to mosquitoes. You can also plant herbs that keep mosquitoes away based on their scent, such as basil, lemongrass, and lavender.

When you go outside, you should take personal precautions against mosquito bites. Mosquito repellents can be effective. You can also wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to lessen skin exposure to mosquitoes. 

Getting rid of mosquitoes from your yard is a team effort. You do your part to prevent them, and a professional home pest control company treats infestations. 

Say Goodbye To Mosquito Bites Around Your Yard: Call Us Today!

Bay Pest provides mosquito treatments for local homes. A technician will visit your home monthly to perform a backpack fogging treatment. We primarily treat foliage and other environments conducive to mosquitoes. Your technician can also advise you on keeping mosquitoes out of your yard.

Call Bay Pest today to learn more about our options for mosquito control.

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