Platinum Mosquito Protection Prevents Mosquito Bite Symptoms
Since 2003, Platinum Mosquito Protection has been helping home and business owners throughout South Florida combat mosquitos found on their property. Mosquitos can carry a wide variety of viruses, some of which are deadly. Every year, nearly 700 million people will contract a mosquito-borne illness. While the actual threat of contracting a mosquito-borne illness may be low in your area, it’s still a crucial consideration, especially as more and more people are choosing outdoor activities this summer. At Platinum Mosquito Protection, our knowledgeable and experienced technicians are highly trained in using effective solutions to keep mosquitos off your property and away from your family, employees, and customers. The best way to avoid a mosquito-borne illness is to prevent it. Learn more about how Platinum Mosquito Protection can help keep you safe.
What Types of Diseases Can I Get From a Mosquito Bite?
Mosquitos are an ever-present threat to native Floridians and vacationers looking to relax over the summer. Every few years, a new mosquito-borne disease becomes a major news story somewhere in the world. You can get a mosquito-borne disease if an infected mosquito bites you. As international travel has become more common, humans and other animals can carry the infection back with them. When a mosquito bites an infected individual, the mosquito can then pass the virus to other people. Many of the viruses carried by mosquitos can cause long-term health issues, especially in those with already compromised health.
- West Nile Virus – West Nile Virus is the most common mosquito-borne illness found in the United States. Currently, there are no vaccines or medications to prevent catching or fighting the illness. Thankfully, the chance of developing severe or even fatal symptoms is relatively low.
- Triple E – Eastern Equine Encephalitis (also known as EEE or Triple E) is a mosquito-borne illness primarily found along the east coast of the United States. The symptoms of Triple E are severe and include flu-like symptoms, coma, and death. In 2019, there were 38 confirmed cases of EEE in the United States.
- Louis Encephalitis – St. Louis Encephalitisis found throughout the United States. People who have been infected report mild to severe symptoms, includingfever, chills, headaches, and temporary paralysis.
- Zika Virus – The Zika Virus made headlines across the globe during the 2016 Summer Olympics when 1.5 million people were infected in the host country of Brazil. During that time, the Zika Virus spread throughout North America and South America. Microcephaly is a unique symptom that may occur in children due to Zika. Other symptoms include fever, headaches, and chills.
What Are the Common Symptoms of Mosquito Bites?
When your body has a reaction to a mosquito bite, it’s actually from the saliva that it injects into your skin. There are numerous symptoms associated with mosquito bites. Some are extremely common and mild, while others may be fatal. Most severe symptoms are caused by mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika, EEE, and West Nile Virus. Severe reactions to mosquito bites are more prevalent in seniors, young children, and those who have a compromised immune system. Some of the most common symptoms of a mosquito bite include:
- Reddish Bump – One of the most common reactions to a mosquito bite is a reddish bump that arises at the bite location. This is your body’s natural reaction to the saliva of a mosquito bite. The symptoms will typically only last for a couple of days.
- Itchy, Brown Bump – Some people may experience an itchy bump at the bite site. These symptoms can occur moments after the bite or days later.
- Small Blisters – In more severe instances, you may experience blisters at the bite location.
- Dark Spot – If a mosquito has bitten you, you may also notice dark spots around the affected area that look like bruises.
How Can I Prevent Mosquito Bites?
One of Florida’s most endearing features is its outdoor space. Retirees head south to enjoy the warm weather, and tourists flock to our gorgeous beaches. As a business or homeowner, you want to protect your customers, family, and employees from mosquito-borne illnesses. Unfortunately, because of the number of mosquitos, it’s impossible to reduce the risk of a mosquito-borne illness down to zero. However, with the proper precautions and protection, you can help greatly alleviate the risk of mosquito-borne disease and keep your property safe. Here are some steps you can take to help lower the number of mosquitos found on your property:
- Remove Standing Water – Every year, Florida receives between 40 to 60 inches of rainfall. The next time it rains in your area, take note of any standing water and remove it immediately. Standing water is a haven for mosquitos to breed. It takes roughly 8-10 days for a mosquito egg to hatch, and each brood can have between 50 and 500 eggs. Removing standing water is the easiest, most effective way to reduce the number of mosquitos on your property.
- Bug Repellent – Spray-on insect repellant is an easy and convenient way to prevent mosquito bites. There are a number of products, including all-natural brands. However, insect repellant isn’t a long-lasting treatment option.
- Treat Your Water Features – In some cases, it may not be possible to remove all standing water. If you have a pool or a water feature for your home’s landscape, consider treating it. There are a number of products available that will make the standing water on your property inhospitable for mosquitos to breed.
- Cover Up – One of the easiest ways to prevent mosquito bites is simply to wear long sleeves, shirts, and pants. While not always entirely practical during Florida’s summer, this is the most tried and true method of reducing mosquito bites.
- Stay Indoors – Mosquitos are most active during dawn and dusk. If you’re able to stay indoors when mosquitos are most active, you can lower the risk of being bitten.
- Attract Bats – Bats are a mosquito’s natural predator. In fact, a single bat can up to 1,200 insects each hour, including mosquitos. So while they may make your feel a little uneasy, bats are one of the most effective ways of reducing the mosquito count on your property.
- Contact a Professional – A professional mosquito technician, such as Platinum Mosquito Protection, can provide you with complete coverage for your commercial or residential space. Our knowledgeable and experienced team can evaluate the area and make recommendations to provide you with the best protection for your property.
Why You Should Choose a Professional Company for Pest Control
Mosquitos are most active during the summer months and into the early fall, so it’s crucial that you act quickly and decisively during these critical months to ensure your home or commercial property is protected. However, even if you follow all of these precautions, you may still find your home overwhelmed by mosquitos. That’s because mosquitos can travel up to two miles away from their breeding ground once they hatch. So if your home or commercial property is near standing water, such as a swamp, pond, or lake, you may not be able to tackle your mosquito issue on your own. A local professional mosquito protection team has access to the latest technology to offer better protection for those property owners who aren’t getting the results they want from other more preventative measures.
Choosing the Right Mosquito Control Specialist
If you live or own a business in South Florida, Broward, Miami-Dade, or Palm Beach, it’s important that you have a reliable and experienced mosquito control specialist to ensure that your property is protected from this ever-present threat. Mosquitos are a disease-carrying pest, and the experts at Platinum Mosquito Protection utilize a mosquito misting system installed discreetly around your property to combat mosquitos. Our misting system releases a mosquito repellent on a fixed preset timer to provide you with consistent, long-lasting protection. Our technicians use pet and child-friendly products, so you can feel confident your family and patrons are safe from mosquitos without the risk of harmful chemicals. When you need a knowledgeable and experienced team of specialists to provide you with mosquito control services, contact Platinum Mosquito Protection for a free on-site consultation.