Alternative EarthCare Discusses 6 Mosquito Facts that Long Island Residents Should be Aware of
LONG ISLAND, N.Y.,
June 7, 2020
Alternative EarthCare has been providing quality residential and commercial services across Long Island, New York since 1996. Specializing in mosquito, flea, and hampton’s tick control, traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding), irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Christmas and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.
Every Long Islander should take precautions against disease-carrying mosquitoes on their properties. The elimination of habitats and regular spraying is essential in preventing potentially deadly mosquito-borne illnesses. Alternative EarthCare discusses six facts that Long Island residents should be aware of.
- Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes and a couple of hundred species who enjoy human blood. Mosquitoes cause more human death than any other animal in the world. A single mosquito carrying the malaria virus can infect 100 people before its death.
- Mosquitoes spread deadly diseases Mosquitoes transmit a large number of diseases such as malaria, West Nile, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, Zika fever, filariasis and a variety of strains of encephalitis. Long Island has experienced the spread of the deadly eastern equine encephalitis which can infect animals and humans, West Nile virus, dengue fever, chikungunya, and most recently, the Zika virus.
- Mosquitoes can detect carbon monoxide from 75 feet away Carbon monoxide attracts mosquitoes from up to 75 feet away. Expelled breath signals to mosquitoes that it’s feeding time. Certain scents have been known to throw off mosquito carbon monoxide sensors. Minty, fruity, or chocolatey smelling breath can potentially throw mosquitoes off a human’s scent, minimizing the potential for bites.
- Mosquitoes can make a habitat anywhere Mosquitoes breed in standing water, even in small puddles left after rain. The ease in which mosquitos can reproduce increases the need for protective measures. Eliminate all areas of standing water, from the smallest puddles and buckets, to kiddie pools.
- Natural oils can help to minimize mosquito bites Natural oils, such as cinnamon leaf oil, clear liquid vanilla extract with olive oil, citronella oil mixed with a carrier oil, and catnip oil, can deter mosquito bites when worn on pulse points and clothing.
- Consistent property treatments minimize mosquito populations Long Island homeowners should take precautions to protect themselves, family, friends, neighbors and pets from mosquito bites. Properties should be sprayed every 3-4 weeks with either organic or synthetic sprays. Trees, shrubs, property lines, pool areas and all grounds should be sprayed to reduce mosquito populations.
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