Mosquito season is just around the corner. The spring and summer months are the times when mosquitoes are most active. While mosquito bites can be annoying, the real issue is that mosquitoes can spread a number of serious illnesses. Here are some commonly asked questions about mosquitoes.
Is It Safe for My Baby to Wear Mosquito Repellent?
Babies as young as two months old can safely wear mosquito repellent. You will want to check with your physician to learn the kind that is best for your baby, and what concentration of DEET that is safe to use on someone that size. You may want to avoid taking your baby outside during peak mosquito times. You can also use mosquito netting around your baby as an extra protection.
What Types of Illnesses Can Mosquitoes Spread?
There are a number of different illnesses that mosquitoes can spread. In the United States some of the most common illnesses include the West Nile virus and St. Louise encephalitis. Around the world there are more serious illnesses that can result in outbreaks including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and the Zika virus. All of these illnesses have the potential to spreading to the United States.
How Do I Prevent Mosquito Bites?
The best way to prevent mosquito bites is to protect yourself. Wearing mosquito repellent when you are outside during the summer, especially in mosquito prone areas and during times when they are more active. You can also take the time to take care of your yard, there are mosquito control treatment programs that you can schedule that will kill the mosquitoes in your yard and prevent new ones from breeding.
Do Mosquitoes Need Water to Breed?
Mosquitoes need water to breed. They spend their larvae stage in water. However, they only need a capful of water to breed. One of the most important things that you can do is to eliminate any standing water around your property. Be sure to clear up anything may collect water like old tires or buckets that you have left out.
How Many Types of Mosquitoes Are There?
There are a lot of different mosquitoes throughout the world. There are more than 3,000 types of mosquitoes throughout the world. There are about 150 different types of mosquitoes in the United States. The mosquitoes have different breeding practices and times of day that they are active. However, they are similar in that that all need water to breed.