The 4th of July is right around the corner. Soon enough, many Americans will be firing up their grills and heading outside for some quality time with family and friends.
In honor of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) puts efforts towards educating the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and the world. This year, Terminix is joining in on the conversation.
Pools are open and grills are going, but are you cooking up a breeding ground for mosquitoes? Standing water and dark clothing are two things that can attract them. The AMCA recommends people follow the three Ds to help keep mosquitoes away:
Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week
Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus
Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can carry pathogens that may cause disease. "We already have the mosquitoes. We are continually importing the diseases they carry," said Joseph Conlon, AMCA Technical Advisor. "We must be prepared to prevent their spread throughout our public health landscape and this requires safe, effective, sustained mosquito control and awareness in the community."
Tips from Terminix
When Are Mosqutioes Most Active?
Mosquito activity level largely depends on which species you're dealing with. When it comes to time of day, some species of mosquitoes are more active during the day and some are more active at night. As far as the time of the year, that really depends on where you live. Mosquitoes can live and breed in temperatures 50 degrees and above. So, what's the climate like in your part of the country?
Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Me So Much?
If you think there are reasons that mosquitoes are more attracted to you than they are other people, then science suggests that you may be correct. According to lab research, about 20 percent of the population gets bitten more than others. There are at least 7 different factors that may cause a mosquito to bite you over another person.
How Long Do Mosquitoes Live?
In total, mosquitoes typically live for about 1-2 months. However, by the time the adults are dying off, their young are already developing, meaning more females (the gender that bites) will be out in search of a blood meal soon. Learn more about the mosquito life cycle, including the different stages.
How to Choose a Mosquito Repellent
When you're spending time outdoors this summer, one item that you're likely to keep on hand is mosquito repellent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put together a list of recommended mosquito repellents to use. See what the CDC recommends and how mosquito repellents work.
How to Tell If You're Allergic to Mosquito Bites
For most people, mosquitoes are just a summertime nuisance. However, others may have reactions that can cause a few itchy bumps, if not more. Learn more about mosquito bites, including the typical reactions, how long they itch and symptoms of a more severe reaction.
Take Back Your Yard Sweepstakes
If you're planning a big backyard party this summer, the One-Time Mosquito Service at Terminix may be just what you need to help ensure your guests remember the food and good times, not the bites. That's why Terminix is running a sweepstakes to give away 10 free One-Time Mosquito Services to lucky winners. CLICK HERE to enter for a chance to win.