As you likely know, homeownership can come with a myriad of tasks to keep your home in tip top shape. These tasks include (but are by no means limited to) yard work, landscaping, home upgrades, roof and gutter repair, and — of course — keeping up with the laundry list of bills.
With all of these responsibilities in place, some homeowners may forget the importance of another imperative task: mosquito control for their home. Unfortunately, in doing so, you could be putting yourself and your family at risk for a range of mosquito-borne illnesses — like Zika, Dengue fever, West Nile and more.
This is why, if you can’t seem to find the time for eliminating mosquitoes from your yard, you should be on the phone with a professional Atlanta mosquito control company — like Mr. Mister.
To help you understand the real dangers of mosquitoes, let’s explore some of the main illnesses these dastardly pests carry:
Mosquitoes Are The Most Dangerous Animals On Earth
Not many are aware of the serious health risks mosquitoes pose. In fact, mosquitoes rank as the most dangerous animals on earth. This may sound shocking to some, but it’s true.
While other ferocious animals can surely kill you — such as bears, lions, and tigers — the chances of you encountering these creatures are extremely slim, while mosquitoes, on the other hand, are a common pest to come into contact with. This is especially true if you live in a humid area of the country such as states in the South or South East, like Florida and Atlanta.
Thus, you’re at risk of catching a deadly mosquito-transmitted disease almost every day of the year. This is why it’s so important to ensure you’re practicing proper mosquito control, especially at home. Here are just some of the most common mosquito-transmitted illnesses out there:
West Nile Virus –
While West Nile has certainly taken a backseat to other more recent mosquito-transmitted diseases, the virus has, by no means, disappeared.
In fact, more than 10,000 Americans are infected with West Nile each year, and the number of West Nile cases have been increasing since it’s initial outbreak in the early 2000’s. The virus itself is extremely dangerous, mostly due to the fact that (in most cases) it produces absolutely no symptoms.
This means, when someone contracts West Nile, they never know they have the virus until it’s too late. In some, however, West Nile can produce a host of severe symptoms, which could be fatal. These symptoms include stupor, high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, and coma.
While these symptoms can occur in people of any age, those who are over the age of 60 are at greater risk along with people suffering from other serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension and those who have received an organ transplant.
What’s worse? West Nile has been reported in every state in the U.S., which means no matter where you live you’re at risk of catching the virus. The only way to prevent yourself and your family from catching the virus is to ensure your yard is constantly protected from mosquitoes with an effective mosquito control solution.
Zika Virus –
If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the past few years, you’ve likely heard of Zika Virus and how it’s been wreaking havoc on certain parts of the world.
However, while this disease — which is transmitted by the Aedes species of mosquito — originated in the Zika Forest in Uganda, it has since made its way West and those who live in the South and South East are at constant risk for catching the virus.
According to the CDC, you’re more at risk to catch the virus from a Zika-carrying mosquito during the night than during the day. Symptoms of Zika are similar to that of the flu, and include fever, chills, body aches, joint pain, and rash.
Zika In Pregnant Women –
Zika Virus is extremely dangerous for women who are pregnant, as the virus itself has the potential to cause health defects in fetuses.
Most notably, the virus has been linked to a brain defect called microcephaly. This condition causes a baby’s head to become much smaller than expected, which means their brain is also smaller as a result. This can lead to learning and motor function disabilities and is why the CDC recommends avoiding travel to areas of the world with known Zika outbreak for women who are pregnant.
Zika has also been linked to additional birth defects including Congenital Zika syndrome, which is a pattern of birth defects described by five unique features. These features include:
- Severe cases of microcephaly, causing the skull to partially collapse
- A decrease in brain tissue linked with a pattern of brain damage
- Pigment changes, scarring, and other damage to the back of the eye
- Clubfoot or joints that have a limited range of motion
- A restriction of body movement (soon after birth) due to an excess in muscle tone
What’s worse? Those who have contracted Zika run the risk of giving it to their significant other as the virus can be sexually transmitted. This is why, if you’ve contracted the virus, you should be mindful and wear a contraceptive to avoid infecting your partner.
Dengue Fever –
While this mosquito-transmitted disease is rarely seen in the United States, it is extremely common in nearby countries such as Puerto Rico. This means you’ll be at risk of catching the disease during a trip to any of these countries.
In fact, Dengue is one of the leading causes of death for populations living in tropical or sub-tropical areas of the world. The illness itself produces a myriad of extremely painful symptoms which include high fever, headaches, severe eye pain, rash, and extreme joint pain that could be debilitating.
If caught early, Dengue’s symptoms can be treated and victims have a good chance of surviving the illness. However, if left untreated, the chances of the illness becoming fatal are extremely high.
Implementing Proper Mosquito Control Solutions
Now that you’re aware of the possible illnesses you can contract from a mosquito bite, you’re likely beginning to panic. Thankfully, with the right mosquito control plan in place, you can effectively protect you and your family from the dangers of mosquitoes.
Some may still be under the impression that they can effectively eliminate or prevent mosquitoes by simply purchasing a can of repellent or mosquito-repelling candle from their local store. However, these methods (while affordable in the short term) have proven to be ineffective and can even do more damage as most repellent products contain dangerous chemicals like DEET, which can cause severe skin irritation.
Why take the risk? After all, these mosquito-transmitted diseases are real and by failing to implement the right mosquito control methods at home you’ll be putting your family at risk. Instead, you should consider hiring a professional mosquito control company — like Mr. Mister — who can provide you with a wide range of mosquito control solutions to keep you and your family safe.
Mr. Mister Offers A Range Of Mosquito Control Methods
Like we already established, there are some homeowners out there who simply don’t have the time to set aside for proper mosquito control.
Thankfully, with one call to Mr. Mister, you’ll be offered a range of mosquito control options to keep your yard mosquito-free and safe for your whole family to enjoy.
These options include our ClearZone mosquito misting service — which involves sending an entire mosquito control team to your home on a 3 week basis to treat your yard with our 100% biodegradable mosquito misting spray.
This effective and revolutionary misting spray has been specially designed and concocted to stick to the underside of foliage and even your outdoor furniture to provide constant protection against existing mosquitoes as well as mosquito larvae; eliminating these pests now and in the future.
The service itself is extremely simple to order and have performed on your yard. You simply choose a time and date for our technicians to make a visit to your home, and for the following three weeks you’ll be able to truly enjoy a mosquito-free yard with your family and friends.
If ClearZone isn’t something you would be interested in, don’t fret. We have additional mosquito control methods for you to consider.
Taking Advantage Of Automatic Mosquito Control
If you simply want to put mosquito control out of your mind completely, then Mr. Mister has you covered with our automatic mosquito control systems.
These systems are installed discreetly in your yard and disperse the same mosquito misting spray we use with all of our services; treating your yard daily without ever having to touch a can of repellent. What’s more, with an automatic mosquito misting system from Mr. Mister, you can customize what time of the day you want your yard treated.
This means you never have to worry about your system treating your yard when your kids or pets are outdoors and you can rest easy, knowing that your property is mosquito-free whenever you or your family are enjoying the Atlanta sun.
Each automatic mosquito misting system from Mr. Mister is custom designed to fit each specific yard, which means your system can be hidden behind bushes, trees, and along your fencing. This means you’ll never know your system is there, but you’ll be able to enjoy a mosquito-free yard on a daily basis.
All in all, a mosquito misting system is one smart investment that pays for itself within the first few months, given how effective it will be at controlling mosquitoes and mosquito larvae; destroying any future mosquito populations and keeping your yard and surrounding neighborhood safe from these disease-transmitting pests.
Mr. Mister Cleans Your Gutters Too
At Mr. Mister, we want your home to be protected from disease-carrying mosquitoes at all times. This is why we offer gutter cleaning as a preventative measure.
Mosquitoes love standing water — as this acts as their breeding grounds — so it is important to ensure your gutters are always clean, free of debris and (of course) leftover water from a recent Atlanta rainstorm.
We make it easy to schedule our technicians to come out to your home on a periodic basis to clean your gutters and ensure mosquitoes never have the chance of breeding anywhere near your property.
Additional Mosquito Control Practices You Can Implement
Beyond utilizing our range of mosquito control solutions for your yard, there are some additional practices you can implement to keep mosquitoes at bay.
For starters, you should always ensure your yard is clean and free of any items that could become a source of standing water. As we mentioned before, standing water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, so that means anything from old tires and kiddie pools to toys and dog houses should be kept dry at all times.
You can also educate your neighborhood on proper mosquito control tactics to keep your community mosquito-free. Most folks simply aren’t aware of the real dangers mosquitoes pose, which is why a simple explanation of the diseases mosquitoes carry can make all the difference when it comes to your neighbors getting serious about controlling these pests.
At Mr. Mister, our goal is to create a mosquito-free Atlanta, and with your help, we can truly meet that goal. After all, the health of you and your family is our number one priority, which is why we’ve developed the most effective solutions for at-home mosquito control on the market. The moment an Atlanta homeowner hires us to eliminate mosquitoes in their yard is another area that won’t have to worry about these pests and the diseases they carry.
If you’d like to see what some of our existing customers in Atlanta are saying about their experience with Mr. Mister, and how living life mosquito-free has benefited their families, visit our testimonials page now.