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Salem Pest Control Service Helps Keep Mosquitoes at Bay

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Mosquitoes suck – literally. While it can be difficult for entomologists to predict how large the mosquito population will be this summer, they point to the summer of 2011 as an indicator. The wet conditions of 2012 have mimicked those of 2011, when the mosquito population seemingly exploded. While your Salem pest control service can’t necessarily do anything to keep mosquito populations down, we can help make your home and yard less attractive to these nuisance pests.

The Dangers of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are transmitters of malaria and dengue in countries across the world. In the U.S., they carry the West Nile virus. This disease causes flu-like symptoms that range from mile to severe. The West Nile virus, a flavivirus, made its appearance in the U.S. in 1999. A mosquito contracts the virus by biting an infected bird, and then transmits it to humans when it bites. Mosquitoes tend to carry the virus the most in the late summer and early fall, which is why more people fall ill with the disease in August and September. General symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, rash and swollen lymph nodes.

How to Keep Mosquitoes at Bay

By following these tips from your pest control company, Salem residents and others in the Pacific Northwest can make their homes less attractive to mosquitoes by:

  • Eliminating sources of standing water, including puddles, water features without a pump and pooled water around the property.
  • Cleaning gutters and repairing leaky faucets.
  • Keeping the grass cut, shrubs trimmed and landscape weeded.
  • Fixing or replacing screens that cover windows and doors.
  • Changing the water in outdoor pet dishes and birdbaths daily.
  • Keeping the chemical levels in pools balanced and using a cover when the pool isn’t in use.
  • Using lids on outdoor trashcans.

Taking advantage of the mosquito prevention programs offered by your Salem pest control service is another great way to minimize the risk of mosquitoes on your property. Here at Eden, we offer full-service integrated mosquito management programs that help prevent and control the insects while protecting the natural environment. Call today for a free inspection and estimate.

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