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Protect Yourself: 6 Steps To Avoid West Nile Virus

Mosquito stilt with prohibited sign
Fall may be here, but that does not mean you can stop worrying about mosquitoes. In Stockton, mosquitoes stay active well into the fall months. Because mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, you need to keep them away from your home, especially if you have family members who are elderly or have weakened immue systems.
Here are six steps to protect you and your family from the West Nile virus.

1. Treat Your Property

If you thought mosquitoes were a thing of the past now that fall has arrived, you are mistaken. Mosquitoes do not go away simply because the temperatures cool down. Once the temperatures cool down, mosquitoes do their best to find a warmer place, but you will still see them around your yard.
To keep them away, treat your property with pesticide at the start of each season - including fall and winter. While the exterminator is out, have them search your property for signs of hot spots: areas that pose the greatest risk for mosquito activity.

2. Rid Your Yard of Moisture

Mosquitoes cannot live without these two things: moisture and blood. If you have standing water or leaky pipes in your yard, the mosquitoes will come for the water and stay for the meals. Unfortunately, you and your family will be the main course. Reduce the mosquito population by eliminating the moisture in your yard. Look for things like leaky faucets and puddles that overreaching sprinklers caused.

3. Wear the Right Clothing

If you and your family will spend time outside this fall, wear the proper clothing. When mosquitoes are active, they will look for any exposed skin to attach themselves to. To keep the mosquitoes away, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
You should also remember to wear light-colored clothing since mosquitoes love darker colors. If you do wear short-sleeved shirts, always wear plenty of insect repellent. These same rules apply to young children as well.

4. Keep the Temperature Down

Mosquitoes are a big problem around the Stockton area. Once the temperatures start to dip during the fall months, mosquitoes will try to come inside where things are warmer. Keep the mosquitoes out of your house by lowering the temperature. Turn your heater down a few degrees to make your home less hospitable to mosquitoes.

5. Arm Your Window Screens

If you have screens on your windows, you may think that your home has protection against mosquito invasion. Unfortunately, mosquitoes can find their way through or around your screens. Reduce the risk of invasion by arming your window screens.
Apply insect repellent to window screens to keep mosquitoes away. You will also need to apply insect repellent to your doors to eliminate those access points.

6. Clear Your Rain Gutters

If you have rain gutters on your home, clean them as soon as possible, especially if you have not done so in a while. Dead leaves and standing water combine to create the perfect environment for mosquito activity. Clear the gutters and you will clear away the mosquito nesting space.
Do not let the weather fool you. The temperatures may be cooler, but mosquitoes are still a problem in the Stockton area. Mosquitoes are carriers of the West Nile virus and other illnesses such as encephalitis, yellow fever, and malaria.
If you deal with mosquito infestations on a regular basis, the information provided above will help you protect yourself and your family from West Nile virus. Contact us at Area Wide Exterminators to schedule a pest control visit today. We are also happy to answer your questions about our services. Let us know how we can help you.