How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes In Tucson?
August 27, 2021
Aside from moving to the North Pole, or living in a hermetically sealed room, you are going to encounter mosquitoes. They are inevitable, unavoidable, inescapable, and imminent. They will be here to plague us every summer, you can count on it. Well, Pest Friends has decided to give the Tucson mosquito population a taste of their own medicine. We are fighting back on your behalf. We will be resolved, determined, tenacious, and serious about this mission. Contact us today so we can strategize together.
Type-O Blood Is On The Menu
Not only is the buzzing and dive-bombing obnoxious, but the itching swollen red blotches on your skin are miserable. To make matters worse, knowing that it's the mosquito saliva that you are reacting to is just another level of gross. These people are on the mosquitoes’ shortlist to get bit:
- Type-O blood is their absolute favorite, with type A coming in second place.
- Pregnant women are sadly a target, as if they don't have enough to deal with.
- Elevated temperatures seem to draw mosquitoes to you. It can be from a fever, or because you have been exercising. For some people it's genetics, they just run a bit warmer.
- Black, dark blue, or red clothing will attract them.
- One study even showed that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have been drinking beer.
Are They Dangerous?
Mosquitoes are considered one of the most dangerous creatures on the planet. They can spread deadly diseases that do not affect them. Diseases that can also be transferred from animal to human via a mosquito bite, specifically West Nile virus. The following is a list of some of the diseases spread by mosquitoes:
- The Zika virus - Women that bear children while infected with this virus usually have babies with a serious health condition.
- West Nile virus - There is no known treatment for WNV at this time. 1 out of 150 people that contract the virus suffers serious and sometimes fatal illnesses.
- Malaria - We are experiencing a spike in cases this year. Recently we have been seeing about 410,000 cases worldwide, mostly children.
- Yellow fever - It’s named after the fact that many who suffer from it get jaundice, which turns their skin yellow. There is no treatment for this disease.
- Dengue fever - Annually 25,000 people die from Dengue.
- Chikungunya - Presents with horrible joint pain that lingers for years. There is no treatment.
Annually 700 million people contract mosquito-borne illnesses. Of those, one million die. Pest Friends takes this threat very seriously, and we want to start by helping you keep your family and loved ones safe.
Reduce Factors That Attract Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes thrive wherever people and animals live, work, or play. They make their way into homes, buildings, and even airplanes, feeding on the unsuspecting humans. There are ways to decrease the chance of a bite, but of course, they are not absolute.
- Stay away from stagnant water, this includes flower pots and rain gutters.
- Ensure screens are in place, and do not leave doors open. You can also consider sleeping under mosquito netting.
- Use a repellent. DEET is available in many strengths and works well. Several essential oil-based products that work well are also available.
- Wear light-colored clothing.
- Stay inside during dawn and dusk.
What Is The Best Way To Keep Them Away?
The best way to keep mosquito populations low on your property is with professional assistance from Pest Friends. We are dedicated to eliminating mosquitoes in Tucson. Help us with our goal by giving us a call for a free estimate. We also provide many other effective pest control services in Tucson.