There's really no better way to enjoy a lovely Hudson Valley summer than spending time outdoors. With a plethora of activities to choose from, who wouldn't love this time of year? Whatever your plans for the warmer season may be, you'll probably want to consider packing some bug spray; mosquitoes thrive during this time of the year, and they just love to suck the fun out of everything.
Common Mosquitoes Around Hudson Valley
There are three common species of mosquitoes that can be found in the United States, Hudson Valley included:
- Asian Tiger Mosquito
- Yellow Fever Mosquito
- Southern House Mosquito
The Asian tiger mosquito and yellow fever mosquito are distinctly similar in appearance, as they're both black with white markings. However, Asian tiger mosquitoes are much smaller, at 1/8 of an inch, where yellow fever mosquitoes can grow up to 3/8 of an inch. Southern house mosquitoes, on the other hand, are a dusty brown to black color, and grow up to 1/6 of an inch in length.
The Dangers Of Mosquitoes Invading Your Hudson Valley Property
When you look at the remnants of a mosquito bite, you probably don't think to yourself, “wow, I've been bitten by the number one deadliest animal on the planet, and I survived.” Fact is, though, mosquitoes hold the highest body count in the world. This death toll is attributed to the diseases they're known to carry:
- Dengue fever
- Yellow fever
- Zika virus
- West Nile virus
- St. Louis encephalitis
- Western equine encephalitis
- Avian malaria
Scientists have made great strides in lessening the likelihood of contracting diseases from mosquitoes as of late, but we're still a long ways away from carefree mosquito bites. There are more natural ways to make yourself less appetizing to these winged bloodsuckers, such as dietary changes, wearing light-colored clothing, and regular hygiene maintenance, but if you've got O-type blood then you may already be out of luck. Studies have shown that mosquitoes prefer O-type above any other.
How To Keep Mosquitoes From Camping Out On Your Hudson Valley Property
Every species of mosquito has a specific environmental requirement in common – lots of moisture, and lots of greenery. Despite what most people may think, mosquito diets don't subsist solely on blood meals; male mosquitoes don't even need it, and both male and female mosquitoes enjoy partaking in liquids found in plants. The only time female mosquitoes require their blood meal is when they're producing eggs. The protein found in the blood helps in the development of their offspring.
Standing water is a must for expecting mosquito moms, which means a distinct lack of standing water is a must for Hudson Valley homeowners. This could mean simply dumping out rainwater that's been collecting in outdoor receptacles, or landscape modification to ensure proper drainage in the soil of your lawn. Regular lawn maintenance is key as well, as mosquitoes will hide in tall grass to avoid the sweltering hours during those long summer days.
Already Struggling With A Mosquito Invasion On Your Hudson Valley Property?
Getting rid of a mosquito infestation can be terribly difficult to do on your own. Store-bought pesticides don't always take care of the problem, and they can often damage the ecosystem of your surrounding property as well. When it comes to eradicating dangerous, difficult-to-remove pests, look no further than Pestmaster® Services.
We know how important your loved ones are to you, which is why our highly-trained technicians have elected to use only the best eco-friendly pest control products in every treatment we offer. With our expert customer service and free inspections, you're guaranteed to see the results you need. The only bites you should concern yourself with are the bites you'll be taking at that backyard barbecue, so contact Pestmaster® Services today. We can take care of the rest!