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Mosquitoes have managed to truly earn their very bad reputation. Even the largest mosquitoes on the planet are very tiny compared to humans or even the largest meat-eating predators on earth. Despite this, they are the known vector for so many diseases and are ranked at the very top of the deadliest creatures known to man. The rumor is that California doesn’t have to worry about mosquitoes, but this is far from the case. If you live in Santa Barbara and have been outside during the dawn and dusk you have probably run into these blood-sucking insects.
Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara can ruin any dusk or dawn activities you have. If you plan on eating dinner outside or having a family event as the sun sets, you might find yourself slapping at these insects as they feed on your family.
You can contact your Santa Barbara, CA, Western Exterminator specialist to get rid of mosquitoes. We offer an effective mosquito service which will prevent mosquitoes from returning.
Mosquitoes are insects which are part of the family Culicidae. They are closely related to midge-like flies. Female mosquitoes need to feed on blood in order to reproduce and lay eggs. The males do not feed on blood and serve only to help with the eggs so they can hatch into more mosquitoes.
Female mosquitoes will pierce the skin into a blood vessel. They inject a small amount of anesthetic so that the person being bitten does not feel the bite. The mosquitoes also inject a anticoagulant so the blood will not clot and will flow right into the mosquitoes’ body. When the female mosquito has enough blood, they detach and fly away to lay the eggs.
Mosquitoes are dangerous because of the diseases for which they are vectors. The list of diseases they can help transmit include:
The diseases can cause any number of very serious health problems and can be dangerous to both humans as well as animals. For example, mosquitoes are known vectors for heartworm for dogs and cats. Zika virus, for example, can bring about serious birth defects for children. West Nile Virus has known to be fatal.
Mosquitoes transmit diseases because they consume blood. If a mosquito bites a mammal which contains a diseases such as Zika or malaria, they can then end up with the virus within their own blood stream. The virus will spread throughout the mosquito’s system and end up within the salivary glands of the insect. When the insect bites and they inject the anesthetic and anticoagulant, the virus can enter the victim’s blood stream.
Mosquitoes zero in on the breath, sweat and other secretions humans and mammals make. Some people secrete a scent the mosquitoes find more attractive than others. This is why some people can be out together when mosquitoes are most active and one person can be bitten while the other person does not get bitten.
Mosquitoes are most active when the air starts to turn cool. In fact, during the day mosquitoes will rest in shaded areas such as among trees or beneath decks and other objects. They prefer to find blood to feed upon during dusk and dawn hours.
Preventing mosquito bites means covering your body when you are out in the dusk and early dawn hours. Make sure you wear long sleeves and tuck the bottoms of your pants into boots or socks. You can also use mosquito sprays containing DEET which is the most effective method of keeping mosquitoes away from your person. It is also just best to avoid going out during dawn and dusk hours if that’s possible.
Getting rid of the hiding places where mosquitoes like to rest during the day is key. This includes getting rid of overgrown vegetation near the home and removing shaded areas.
Mosquitoes must lay their eggs in stagnant, still, water. This includes puddles, bird feeders, planters and anything within your yard where water can accumulate. Fish ponds are also prime breeding grounds. Make sure to empty out the water or installing a water agitator to the fish pond can get stop mosquitoes from laying eggs and breeding further.
Mosquitoes are also very poor flyers. Having a fan on your porch is enough to keep mosquitoes away.
If you live in Santa Barbara, CA, and are sick of mosquitoes, there is a local Western Exterminator office nearby which can help. Don’t let mosquitoes invade your family picnics and avoid dealing with mosquito bites while you go for walks during the dawn or dusk hours.
The Western Exterminator mosquito control team will offer a treatment plan which will treat all of the areas mosquitoes will use during the day in order to hide or rest. We can also provide further maintenance throughout the course of the year to make sure mosquitoes stay away.
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