Keep Mosquitoes Away

Keep Mosquitoes Away

meadow with daisies in june

Mosquito season varies from year to year depending on temperature, moisture, and other conditions. Typically, for us here in North Carolina mosquito season is from April to September.

There are 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world, about 200 can be found in the United States, and 61 can be found in North Carolina. However, not all mosquitoes are bad. Only between 10 – 15 species of mosquitoes found in North Carolina bite people and it’s only the females that bite.

The most prevalent of which is the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). As you can imagine, this particular mosquito has stripes. Its body is black with white stripes on its legs and body.

Another common skeeter found in North Carolina is the Eastern tree hole mosquito (Aedes triseriatus). This one likes to breed in tree holes where water collects. But any standing water will also word for breeding if there is shade and it is near people.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

In North Carolina, the three most common mosquito-borne diseases are La Crosse encephalitis, West Nile virus, and Eastern equine encephalitis. That being said, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect the Zika virus infection may eventually make it to the United States.

Even though a mosquito-borne illness can be serious, you can still take pleasure in the warm weather if you take certain measures:

  • Remove mosquito breeding places. Dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, or other containers that collect and hold water. Don’t allow water to collect in the saucers of flowerpots or in pet dishes for more than two days.
  • Minimize your time outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If you are planning to be outdoors for a long time, where shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Wear light colors because mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.
  • Keep your shrubs trimmed, your grass cut short, and your leaves raked too. Mosquitoes love shaded areas and things like leaves and high grass provide what they need to survive.
  • Use an oscillating pedestal fan on high to cut down on mosquito landings on your skin.
  • Call Mosquito Wizard of NC. When it comes to outdoor mosquito control, Mosquito Wizard of NC is the only number you need to know. Call today! 919-825-1209.

No matter what you choose to do, don’t let mosquitoes ruin your the treasured time you spend with friends and family.

Have a great summer.

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