Summer in Minnesota can be paradise. Except for the mosquitos. And possibly rain. While you can’t do anything about the weather, you can protect your outdoor events from the buzz and bite of unwanted party crashers.
Maybe you’re planning a special outdoor event. Or, maybe you have a yard with lots of shade and vegetation. Both examples are certainly good cases for considering mosquito treatments.
Mosquito Prevention Tips
Protect your family from mosquito bites at home with these tips:
- Keep your lawn mowed and remove woodpiles or other structures mosquitos may use as shelter.
- Eliminate breeding grounds by removing standing water from buckets, flower pot dishes, birdbaths, etc.
- Cover your skin with light-colored, long clothing.
- Wear permethrin treated clothes to help repel biting insects.
- Avoid lights that attract mosquitoes at night such as sodium or fluorescent bulbs.
- Apply an EPA approved mosquito repellant when you’re outside at dusk or night.
Health Concerns Remain Rare in Minnesota
Tick and mosquito-borne illnesses have increased worldwide. In contrast, Minnesota remains a relatively low-risk area for many diseases carried by mosquitos.
- West Nile Virus is present in Minnesota. Most people have mild flu-like symptoms—or none at all.
- Dengue Fever has only been reported in Minnesota in people who contracted it during international travel.
- Zika virus remains very rare in the US. Pregnant women should not visit areas with a high risk of Zika. Zika spreads by mosquitos or unprotected sex.
- Encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, is a very rare complication from viruses carried by mosquitos. These include West Nile and La Crosse, which are present in Minnesota.
- Heartworm is a risk for pets in Minnesota.
Visit Rainbow Pest Experts to learn more about mosquito control options.