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The Dangers Of Mosquito-Borne Diseases And How To Protect Yourself In Waldorf

June 15, 2023 - Mosquitoes

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Waldorf, Maryland, sits just outside Washington, D.C., in Charles County. Its location puts it within striking distance of the beautiful attractions D.C. offers. But if you’re looking for a more subdued pace of life, head over to Waldorf. This sizable suburban area has plenty of housing with great backyards and parks close by where people can get outdoors, unwind, and relax. Unfortunately for local homeowners, not-so-friendly mosquitoes await, and without pest control in Waldorf, outdoor activities might prove less than pleasant.

Just About Everyone Has Been Bitten By A Mosquito

Not many people in this world have escaped a mosquito bite; they live in all United States regions. While you might think mosquitoes exist to make people miserable, they’re an essential part of the ecosystem, so we need them. Not all mosquitoes will bite; for instance, male mosquitoes leave people alone and spend their days obtaining nectar from flowers. Females also feed off nectar but need an additional protein found within the blood of animals or people. When females locate an acceptable victim, they’ll use their unique mouthparts (proboscis) to pierce the skin of a person or animal and siphon the blood. The protein she extracts from her blood meal gives her the energy to lay eggs and reproduce. Unfortunately for her victims, this can lead to irritating itchy bites and possible exposure to some severe diseases.

How Often Are Mosquito Bites Dangerous?

The good news for people is that many never experience anything more than painful, itchy bites from biting mosquitoes. The bad news is that you are susceptible to disease when females tap your blood supply. Because mosquitoes feed off other hosts (animals and people), they can contract dangerous diseases that other hosts carry. When females pierce your skin with their proboscis, saliva can drip into your bloodstream and transfer the disease she has to you. There are multiple diseases that mosquitoes in the U.S. are known to transmit to people.

Five diseases you can get from mosquitoes in the U.S. include:

  1. Eastern equine encephalitis

  2. Tularemia

  3. Chikungunya

  4. West Nile virus

  5. Dengue

Other well-known diseases mosquitoes transmit include yellow fever, Zika virus, and malaria. None of these diseases typically occur within the United States. Usually, when these diseases get identified within the U.S., it is because someone has received bites from mosquitoes while traveling abroad and has returned to the U.S. with the condition. Still, a healthy population of mosquitoes in your yard can pose serious risks for those enjoying time outdoors. It’s always wise to use professionals like Mike’s Pest and Termite Control to protect people from potential disease-carrying mosquitoes. Our specialized mosquito treatments can help homeowners get rid of mosquitoes in their yards and provide protection from potentially dangerous mosquitoes.

How To Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes While Out And About

You can’t stop mosquitoes from patrolling the skies, but there are some things you can do to protect yourself from their attacks. While you’re out and about, some simple protection measures can deter mosquitoes from extracting a blood meal from you. Mosquitoes in Maryland are busy at dawn, dusk, and early evening so you might want to limit your activities during these busy periods. When you plan activities, try to do them on a breezy day; a nice, healthy breeze stops mosquitoes from landing on you. When spending time outdoors, try wearing dull, light-colored, tightly woven clothing, and be sure to keep your arms, legs, and feet covered. An EPA-registered repellent also goes a long way toward deterring mosquitoes from feeding.

Whether enjoying your yard or out and about, taking preventative measures to keep protein-seeking mosquitoes away is always good. Homeowners who need additional protections should always enlist help from professionals like Mike’s Pest and Termite Control. We offer our customers complete mosquito control solutions that can help minimize mosquito encounters in Waldorf yards. 

The Best Way To Protect Your Yard From Mosquito Invasions

Mosquitoes on a mission for blood are difficult to stop without help from a professional home pest control company like Mike’s Pest and Termite Control. Our company is local, family-owned and operated, and has 20 years of experience in the pest control industry. We offer our customers customized plans that address individual needs and concerns at affordable prices, and we back up our services with a pest-free guarantee. Our company is dedicated to professionalism, attention to detail, and to providing pest control solutions that will keep your home and property pest-free. Waldorf homeowners can get the best protection against mosquitoes today by calling the pest experts at Mike’s Pest and Termite Control for a free inspection and estimate.

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