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Assessing Mosquitoes Behavior In Raleigh

July 15, 2022

Mosquitoes are one of the most dreaded pests you can encounter in your Raleigh yard, and for good reason. These pests buzz around delivering itchy bites, but they're much more than a nuisance. Mosquitoes are also capable of transmitting dangerous diseases to you, your family, and your pets. Southern Pest Solutions provides effective Raleigh pest control that can help you take back your yard from these pests and their bites.  

How Mosquitoes Sniff Out Human Sweat To Find Us

Only female mosquitoes bite humans, and regardless of clothes or blood type, a mosquito is led by its nose. If it doesn’t smell like food, then it’s not on the menu. Mosquitoes mostly sniff out lactic acid, which emits from human sweat. People are most at risk outside during the day during times of activity, as well as while we're sleeping. Mosquitoes are bad enough outdoors, so the last thing you want is mosquitoes in your house at night. 

Mosquito Bite Symptoms And Treatment 

A female mosquito will consume three times her body weight, and to us, that is only a few drops of blood. Mosquito bites are itchy because of a mixture of saliva and DNA that they inject into our skin as an anti-coagulant. This mixture stimulates an immune response, resulting in inflammation and itchiness at the site. Most of the time, these little red bumps don't get any bigger than a nickel. To treat a mosquito bite:

  • Wash the affected area with warm soap and water.
  • To reduce inflammation, apply an ice pack or cold compress.
  • To help with the itching, apply a baking soda paste and let it sit. If you don’t have baking soda, toothpaste or an aspirin paste work well, too. All you need is a few drops of water. 
  • Over-the-counter, anti-itch ointments can help.

Even though mosquito bites itch, you shouldn’t scratch at the bite. Causing abrasions to your skin can open the situation up to an infection. If the bite becomes warm or produces red streaks, that is a sign of infection, and you should contact your healthcare provider. Oral antihistamines may help with swelling and itchiness as well.

The Best Way To Repel Mosquitoes In Raleigh

Pest control involves a few layers; there is no one-size-fits-all pest control. Insects are part of our natural ecosystem, and your front yard is a micro-ecosystem that mimics its immediate surroundings. Pest control is critical to limit the spread of disease that many of these pests spread. Fragile mosquitoes live at the bottom of the pest food chain.

To repel mosquitoes from your yard:

  • Remove standing water on your lawn.
  • Add an aerator to your pool and keep it running whenever there's water in the pool.
  • Cover pools with a tarp when they are not in use.
  • Add aerators to birdbaths. These devices require water depth; placing flagstones in the bowl will ensure birds can use them.
  • Light citronella candles.
  • Use an oscillating fan. Mosquitoes are not strong flyers.

In total, you can reduce the number of other pests attracted to your home through mosquito control in Raleigh. And the number one way to repel mosquitoes from your yard is to eliminate standing water. If you have eliminated all the standing water around your property and are still having difficulty figuring out where the mosquitoes are coming from, give us a call.

Raleigh Mosquito Control Programs

Southern Pest Solutions wants to help you keep mosquitoes out of your yard. If you are overrun by mosquitoes and unable to enjoy your own yard or plan an event, and you don’t want your guests to be bitten, give us a call! We are a tight-knit team with more than 50 years of combined pest control experience using Integrated Pest Management methods. We make it simple for you to get the pest control you need.