According to the World Health Organization, “mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Because of their ability to carry and spread diseases to humans, they cause millions of deaths every year.” You may think that there’s only one type of mosquito, but the reality is that there are approximately more than 3,000 species, a few of which can carry many different diseases. In fact, you may have heard of people in your area being infected with the West Nile Virus. To keep you and your loved ones safe, especially during hot summers, keep reading to learn more about mosquitoes and what you can do to repel them. Protect your health and wellness!
The 411 on Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes, like ants, can ruin your outdoor living. Not only can these pesky, vampire bugs bite you, but they can be dangerous to your, your family, and pet’s health. Here’s what you need to know about mosquitoes:
- The mosquito life cycle is as follows: egg, larva, pupa, adult. The first three phases happen in water, whereas the adult becomes a flying insect.
- Three species of mosquitoes are responsible for the spread of human diseases. The Anopheles mosquitoes are known to carry malaria. However, they can transmit filariasis (also called elephantiasis) and encephalitis. Culex mosquitoes are known to carry encephalitis, filariasis and the West Nile virus. Finally, the Aedes mosquitoes (includes the Asian Tiger) carry yellow fever, dengue, and encephalitis.
- Mosquitoes locate their victims through body odor and temperature, exhaled carbon dioxide, and movement.
- When mosquitoes land on you, they bite with their proboscis. They stab two tubes into you: one injects an enzyme that prohibits blood clotting; the other is used to suck your blood.
- Only female mosquitoes can suck blood, which is protein for their eggs.
- Mosquitoes transmit diseases in a variety of ways. For example, malaria is spread through parasites that are attached to the gut of a female mosquito and enters it’s victim as she feeds. If a mosquito bites a person infected with yellow fever and dengue, the virus enters the mosquito and is transmitted via its saliva to its next victim.
- Males and females eat nectar and plant sugars.
- Mosquitoes are a food source for bats, birds, dragonflies, and frogs.
- Mosquitoes prefer birds, cattle, and horses to humans.
How to Repel Mosquitoes and Protect Your Health and Wellness
Let’s face it; when the temperatures start to rise, you want to get outside and sit on your deck, patio, or porch. After all, spending time in nature is good for your health and wellness. However, you don’t want to swat mosquitoes or get bit. Here are some home-based solutions to repel mosquitoes:
Adjustable Patio Umbrella Screen
An adjustable patio umbrella screen can shield you and your guests and make outdoor living a more pleasant experience. It fits over a standard-size outdoor umbrella and includes a zipper closure. What makes this screen special is the odorless an invisible insect repellent, Permethrin, that’s tested, proven, and EPA registered to repel mosquitoes.
BugBand Insect Repelling Diffuser
Safe for the whole family, including your pets, the BugBand Insect Repelling Diffuser uses pleasant-smelling, natural repellent, Geraniol to repel mosquitoes, flies, gnats and no-see-ums. It’s effective up to 300 sq. feet indoors or outdoors, and each refillable cartridge lasts 120 hours.
Note: This product is DEET-free!
Dynatrap Ultra Mosquito Trap
Turn on the Dynatrap Ultra Mosquito Trap once, and forget about it. This mosquito trapper traps within 300 sq. feet and uses electricity to do so. It’s a pesticide free and smokeless pest control solution. The product is meant to be used inside or within a protected outdoor area such as under an awning or inside a porch or garage.
GreenStrike Mosquito Preventer Tower
The GreenStrike Mosquito Preventer Tower (for outdoor use only) attracts mosquitoes with a patented non-toxic Mosquito Accelerator. The female mosquito lays her eggs within the “Breeding Zone” inside the tower along with their own “pheromone” attracting other mosquitoes. Every few days, the system will recycle the primed solution; separating the eggs from the water, leaving them to dry out. The process eliminates future mosquitoes. To complement the GreenStrike Mosquito Preventer, you may consider the GreenStrike Indoor Flying Insect Trap and GreenStrike Outdoor Flying Insect Trap.
Solar Bug Zapper
Let a Solar Bug Zapper take care of those pesky mosquitoes and other insects while you and your guests enjoy your time outdoors. The solar light attracts flying bugs with its purple UV light and quietly kills them in the metal grid. The Solar Bug Zapper is safe to use around children and pets, so your dog can snooze on his or her dog bed while you and your family hang out on your deck, patio, or porch.
Don’t Let Mosquitoes to Ruin Your Outdoor Living
Insects don’t have to ruin your health and wellness or outdoor living fun!
Here’s what you can do about mosquito prevention and protection:
- You could wear bug protector clothing or long-sleeved shirts and pants, but these could make you sweat if the temperatures are hot.
- You could use insect repellent, but make sure you read the ingredients. In fact, you may want to check with your primary care physician to ensure the product is safe for you and your family.
- You could buy permethrin-treated clothing. But again, check with your doctor to make sure it’s right for you.
Don’t allow mosquitoes to prevent you from spending time outdoors! Use screens on doors or repair the ones you have. You could also use solar landscape lights that double as a bug zappers. Not only will they light up your driveway or pathway, but they’ll take care of those mosquitoes.