When you think about the deadliest creature in the world, what may come to mind are man-eating tigers, killer sharks or poisonous snakes. It may surprise you to learn that the deadliest creature in the world may live in your backyard. According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes are among the deadliest creatures in the world. Throughout the world, mosquitoes cause millions of deaths each year. Mosquitoes carry yellow fever, dengue virus, malaria, chikungunya, several types of encephalitis, Zika virus and West Nile virus.

The WHO states that continued efforts must be made to control mosquitoes to prevent outbreaks of these diseases. If you have mosquitoes on your property, the safest, most effective way to get rid of them is to call a licensed pest professional.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Deadliest Creature Although the Zika virus has been in the news recently as a dangerous mosquito-borne disease, other mosquito-borne diseases that have been around for years are equally dangerous. Some, like chikungunya and West Nile virus, cause illness but are not usually fatal. However, others can cause severe illness and death.

Three main types of mosquitoes spread these diseases, the Aedes, Culex and Anopheles. The Anopheles mosquito is a vector for malaria, which is not common in North America. The Aedes mosquito transmits chikungunya, dengue virus, yellow fever and Zika. Yellow fever is rare in the U.S. Culex mosquitoes transmit West Nile virus and some forms of encephalitis.

Mosquito Prevention

Charleston is a prime breeding ground for both Aedes and Culex mosquitoes. There are several ways that you can lower your risk of being bitten.

Mosquitoes require water to breed and live. Enough water for mosquitoes to thrive can collect in containers as small as bottle caps. Eliminating sources of standing water on your property helps to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and living in your neighborhood. Here are several things to do to control mosquitoes:

  • Replace the water in birdbaths, pet bowls and potted plant trays every two to three days.
  • Remove items such as unused flower pots, old tires and children’s toys.
  • Cover swimming pools or make sure they are properly chlorinated.
  • Cover boats, buckets and rain-collection receptacles.
  • Clean gutters and drains.
  • Repair leaking plumbing.
  • Mow your yard often.

To avoid mosquito bites, wear long-sleeved clothes and long pants when you go outside. Avoid being outside during early evening and early morning. Use mosquito repellent when outside. Make sure windows and doors have screens to prevent entry of mosquitoes into your living space.

Professional Mosquito Control

Your yard is a place of beauty and activity that should be a source of enjoyment for you and your loved ones. MosquitoNix can help you continue to enjoy your outside activities. We conduct a thorough examination of your property to identify potential mosquito breeding sites. We work with you in finding ways to eliminate these areas. We also discuss your needs and recommend treatments that are compatible with your lifestyle. We provide a 100 percent money-back guarantee.

Call MosquitoNix Charleston today at 843-619-3033 for a free estimate.