How to Prevent a Mosquito Invasion

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Fever. Headaches. Muscular weakness.

All of these are symptoms of the West Nile virus, a mosquito borne illness that can cause serious pain, discomfort and sometimes even death to those who are infected. If you think that the West Nile virus is something you don’t have to worry about, think again. According to the Liberty Voice, West Nile virus has been found in mosquitos in a number of areas in Arizona. With all likelihood, this dangerous virus could spread further through the southern United States.

The presence of mosquitos in your area will greatly increase the risk of contracting the West Nile virus and other mosquito borne illnesses. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a passive bystander in regards to the spread of this disease. By preventing the mosquitoes from breeding and spreading, you can limit the likelihood of catching this disease—or even just reduce the occurrence of itchy mosquito bites. Here are a few tips on preventing mosquito invasion in your area:

  • Remove items from the yard that inadvertently collect water: Items that inadvertently collect water such as old tires, buckets and other containers provide a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Ensure that these are stored in a dry place where water cannot sit and become stagnant, allowing mosquitoes to breed. Even small amounts of water can provide a spot for mosquitoes to reproduce, so make sure that your yard is free of water-collecting containers.
  • Clean/maintain items that do collect water: If you have areas or items that intentionally collect water, such as birdbaths, pools, ponds, or other bodies of water, ensure that the water is well maintained and kept clean. You can purchase devices to keep water moving to disrupt mosquitoes from breeding, or use chemicals that will stop mosquitoes from breeding in that water.
  • Keep gutters and drains clean: According to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, gutters and drains are a prime mosquito breeding area. These can quickly become clogged or blocked, giving mosquitoes prime real estate in which to lay their eggs. Cleaning these on a regular basis will ensure one less area for these pests to reproduce.
  • Use natural mosquito repellent: Another good idea is to grow plants that naturally serve as deterrents to mosquitoes. These include catnip, lavender, marigold, peppermint and basil. This non-toxic method will allow you to beautify your surroundings (and provide some herbs for the kitchen!) while keeping the mosquitoes at bay.

An infestation of mosquitoes can quickly raise the likelihood of having you or your loved ones contracting West Nile virus or other deadly mosquito borne illnesses, as well as a number of nasty bites. However, by following the tips above, you can reduce the likelihood of mosquito infestation and remain healthy and bite-free.