Preventing Bug Bites
Preventing Bug Bites
Bug bites are annoying and bothersome at best, and dangerous at worst. Although many people may not think of a mosquito or tick bite as something to be avoided at all costs, the truth is that these two pests can carry hundreds of diseases that have the potential to kill, including Lyme disease, West Nile virus, and malaria. Preventing bites from these creatures should be a priority for everyone who lives in or near an environment where mosquitoes and ticks are likely to live.
Those wishing to rid themselves of mosquitoes and ticks should first do all they can to make their outside environment as uninhabitable for these pests as possible. Planting a garden with marigolds and chrysanthemums will help repel both mosquitoes and ticks. Overturning any receptacle that may hold standing water will remove an important step in a mosquito’s life cycle, thus keeping them from successfully reproducing. For ticks, removing their habitat is key. Keeping leaf litter and tall grasses away from outdoor spaces, mowing the lawn regularly, and keeping wood stacked neatly in dry areas are all very good practices to reduce tick populations.
Deterring ticks and mosquitoes from becoming a problem takes more than just prevention. In most cases, prevention and treatment go hand in hand and show the most results. A mosquito treatment can do wonders at halting the mosquito population from increasing, keeping you safer with less potential for a bite. These treatments usually involve a simple application of chemicals or pesticides to any standing water, which is where mosquitoes lay their eggs. The pesticide used is often a larvicide, which prevents the larvae from maturing into an adult, thus preventing the life-cycle from continuing. This type of mosquito treatment can consist of oils, growth regulators, contact or stomach poisons, or biological control agents. Some work best alone, others in combination with another larvicide.
Tick bites can be rather unpleasant and should be avoided as well. Unlike a mosquito treatment, acaricides, or pesticides specifically aimed at killing ticks, are applied to all likely dwelling places that ticks might frequent, not just to areas specific to their life stages. Pyrethroids and pyrethrin are especially useful at killing and repelling ticks, as they attack the arachnid’s nervous system and may result in instantaneous death. A simple spraying of the property in May or June can be all that is required to keep the tick population down and tick bites at bay for an entire year.
It can be very simple to protect you and your loved ones from tick and mosquito bites. A quick, effective tick and mosquito treatment may be all it takes to keep your pest problem under control and keep your family free of these nasty little bugs.