Everyone is happy when the weather warms in spring allowing the enjoyment of outdoor activities without needing to wear heavy outergarments. Unfortunately, the warm weather also brings out a plethora of pesky insects that bite humans and animals alike. Not only do these blood thirsty bugs have a major negative effect on how much we are able to enjoy outdoor living, some of them carry dangerous diseases.
Ticks and mosquitoes are the insects that are the most recognized hosts of harmful diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme Disease. Ticks are primarily a threat in wooded areas or tall grass, but mosquitoes are drawn to any space occupied by warm blooded creatures. Only the female mosquito bites since she needs blood to reproduce, and she is desperate to meet that need within an average lifespan of two weeks. She will be able to produce eggs about every three days if a blood supply is readily available.
Mosquito bites cause an itchy swelling that can last several hours or more, and some people are more sensitive than others. An anti-itch medication should be used right away to prevent excess scratching. The bite can become infected if the skin is broken allowing bacteria to enter the wound.
Considering the nuisance, irritating bites and danger of disease, most people quickly reach for an effective insect repellent before venturing outdoors. Most commercial insecticides include toxic chemicals in the ingredients, so there is an added layer of risk while using them. The best solution to the problem is to use an organic mosquito control product to keep humans and animals safe from insect borne illnesses as well as toxic chemicals.
Eliminating any standing water helps to control mosquito populations since this is where the female mosquito lays her eggs. The eggs quickly hatch and leave the water as adults within 10 days during hot weather. All areas surrounding the home including shrubs, mulch and gardens should be sprayed with an organic pesticide to repel the insects for up to 30 days. Since the ingredients are safe, no plants or beneficial insects will be harmed.