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How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes In Richmond?

August 19, 2021 - Mosquitoes

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Have you ever stopped to think about mosquitoes and considered whether or not they could be dangerous? Most people do not give these pests a second thought. Besides, how much damage could such a small pest do? More than you would expect. Here are a few things to consider to help you better understand the threats mosquitoes pose to people here in Richmond.

Mosquitoes Are The Most Dangerous Creatures On The Planet

The first thing you should know about mosquitoes is that they are more dangerous than people give them credit for. In fact, according to statistics, they are the most dangerous creatures on the planet, responsible for over one million deaths each year, mostly due to their ability to pick up and transmit blood-borne diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, and dengue fever. Their high threat level also has to do with how fast they reproduce. A single female mosquito lays between 100 and 200 eggs each breeding cycle, which is why populations of these pests blow up so quickly during the early summer months.

Mosquitoes Are The Most Dangerous Creatures On The Planet

Mosquitoes are not equally dangerous everywhere. Some places have a higher concentration of mosquito-related deaths. For instance, in 2015, 395,000 deaths occured in Africa, 32,000 in Southeast Asia, and 7,300 in the Eastern Mediterranean; however, only 500 deaths were documented in America. Some factors that affect these numbers include mosquito populations, the number of people sick with blood-borne diseases in an area, and access to quality health care services.

Outbreaks Still Happen

Keep in mind that way more people get sick from mosquito-borne diseases than die from them. Each year, several outbreaks occur in the United States. These outbreaks typically start after a person carrying malaria, West Nile, Zika virus, or another blood-spread disease travels. Keep in mind that it only takes one bite for a mosquito to become infected and threaten people's health. As more individuals become carriers, more mosquitoes pick up the disease, resulting in an outbreak.

There Are Ways Become Less Attractive To Hungry Mosquitoes

Just because treatment is available for mosquito-borne diseases doesn't mean it is a pleasant experience to get sick. If you would rather avoid contracting a disease from one of these pests, you need to know how to keep them from biting you.

Here are some practical exclusion and prevention tips our experts recommend you use around Richmond:

  • Understand where mosquitoes congregate. These pests breed in wet areas meaning you are more likely to find them around marshlands and swamps. Avoid these areas as much as possible.
  • Mosquitoes are most active at night. Avoid spending extended periods outdoors during these hours.
  • Mosquitoes use several factors to track their prey. Make yourself less attractive by wearing lighter-colored clothing and applying bug spray to your skin and clothing, especially while working out or playing a sport.

Professional Mosquito Abatement Is A Great Option

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors on your property? If so, you should seriously consider investing in professional mosquito control. At Cobalt Pest Control, we make it part of our mission to provide high-quality, long-lasting mosquito control for our neighbors around Richmond. With both year-round pest control treatment options and single service visits for outdoor event centers, we have everything you need to fight back against these dangerous pests wherever you find them on your property.

Contact us today to find an option that best fits your need and schedule an appointment for your Richmond property.