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Preventing Summer Mosquitoes

Did you know Nashville was recently named the #10 worst mosquito city in the Nation? These pesky insects are everywhere, and they can ruin your summer if you’re not prepared for them.

Have you ever noticed that some people are bitten by mosquitoes more often than others? This is because some people really are more attractive to mosquitoes. The old saying that those who are bitten more often are “sweeter” actually has some truth to it; whether mosquitoes prefer you depends on the chemicals your body produces on your skin, as well as your blood type. Unfortunately for those who seem to be bitten more often, your genes determine these factors. If you produce more lactic acid or have blood type O, as opposed to types A or B, you’re likely to be scratching a few more itchy bites than your friends.

 

Mosquitoes are more than just an annoyance though – they can also be dangerous. These insects pose a threat, as they may carry and spread diseases. West Nile virus is one of the most well-known diseases that mosquitoes carry. There have been cases of West Nile virus in all 48 of the contiguous states. If contracted, the disease can cause brain swelling. There currently isn’t a vaccine or a cure for West Nile virus, so prevention is key!

 

Mosquitoes thrive in environments that are hot and moist, making Nashville an ideal location. They can lay their eggs in just a teaspoon of water! Stagnant water is where they prefer to lay their eggs so draining playground equipment, flower planters, gutters, and other outdoor items that tend to hold water will help prevent mosquitoes from multiplying. Always wear insect repellant – especially when your skin is exposed. Also, wearing long sleeves and pants can be beneficial, but keep in mind that mosquitoes can still bite you through thin or tight materials. And don’t forget you can have U.S. Pest help keep mosquitoes at bay! We provide mosquito treatment to make sure you stay you bite-free.

 

Take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes this summer. Make your outdoor space an environment where you can relax in peace – without worrying about mosquitoes!

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