The Problem With Mosquitoes In Port St. Lucie
According to the University of Florida, there are 80 species of mosquitoes that have been cataloged in the state. That is more than any other state in the entire country. It would be an understatement to say that mosquitoes are a problem in Port St. Lucie.
Mosquitoes are a plague for humans and pets alike, leaving itchy bites on both. So, when they come into our yard, they can make life miserable. This alone is enough reason to want to avoid them. But, mosquitoes are also vectors for serious viral threats.
The list of pathogens mosquitoes can transmit is extensive. On the top of the list is West Nile virus, which has local reservoirs in the state and is linked to human mortality. This virus claims dozens of lives annually in the U.S.
If you're not aware what a reservoir is, it is a place where fluids collect inside a body. In order for mosquito-borne viruses to become localized in the United States, they must find their way into living organisms that can survive the winter. This is because mosquitoes only live for about 2 months and are unable to carry these viruses through the winter on their own.
Another virus that is getting a lot of attention is the Zika virus, which can lead to microcephaly in unborn children at every stage of development. While Zika does not currently have local reservoirs, it has found its way into local mosquito populations. Each year there is the possibility of a major outbreak or the establishment of local reservoirs.
Other notable viruses on this list are dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, malaria, tularemia, and several forms of encephalitis. These viruses come with a wide range of symptoms including headaches, fevers, body aches, stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and worse.
These are all good reasons to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes but the problem runs deeper than this. The pathogens spread by mosquitoes do not always produce symptoms. That can have a few implications. When symptoms don't occur, we can unknowingly become a vector for mosquito-borne viruses to spread and for an outbreak to occur. It is also possible for some of these diseases to pass from person to person through bodily fluids and sexual contact.
When it comes to protecting ourselves from the threat of mosquito-borne diseases, we're all in this together. Here are a few ways you can limit your exposure:
Protection begins with mosquito repellent. If you do not have seasonal mosquito reduction for your yard, be sure to always wear repellent when going outside. If you don't prefer to put chemicals on your skin, consider putting it on your clothing, or using a repellent with a natural ingredient like oil of lemon eucalyptus.
You can avoid bites by avoiding the times of day when mosquitoes are most active. Mosquitoes are moisture pests. The sun dries them out and kills them. Before the sun comes up and after the sun goes down is when mosquitoes come out of hiding and go looking for a blood meal.
If you'll be in a stationary location in your backyard, a great way to keep mosquitoes off is to create a strong breeze with a fan or two. It will also keep you cooler.
If you have fewer mosquitoes in your yard, you'll have fewer mosquitoes trying to bite you in your yard. The best way to do this is to partner with a professional pest control technician, but there are some things you can do on your own:
Mosquitoes breed in still water. Fix leaky spigots and hoses. Fix obstructed or broken gutters. Address compacted soil that holds water. And remove items from your yard that hold rainwater.
Remove bug zappers. These lure mosquitoes onto your property but are only effective at killing male, non-biting, mosquitoes.
Remove plants that are attractive to mosquitoes.
Add plants that repel mosquitoes such as lavender, lemon thyme, lemon balm, basil, and rosemary.
If you'd like the best control possible for mosquitoes, let the professionals at Nozzle Nolen help. We offer the most advanced mosquito reduction services available. Contact us today for seasonal service or one-time mosquito reduction service before an important outdoor event. When it comes to stopping mosquitoes, you can trust nozzle Nolen for the best results, every time.