In North Carolina, mosquitoes are the most active from April until October. During the summer months, it can seem as if it is impossible to stay away from mosquitoes. And while these invasive bugs do seem to be everywhere when the weather is hot, there are a few things that you can do to ensure they don't overtake your home.

At Peeler Environmental, our Concord pest control specialists have been providing a broad range of pest control solutions for over 50 years. We understand how dangerous mosquitoes can be and how to keep you and your family safe during mosquito season. 

The Role Mosquitoes Play In Our Environment

Mosquitoes in Concord may be annoying and dangerous, but there are some benefits to having these tiny insects around. This may surprise you, but a mosquito's favorite thing to eat is the nectar that is found in plants and flowers. Only female mosquitoes eat blood, and only when they are about to lay eggs. The rest of the time, mosquitoes fly from flower to flower, collecting nectar and spreading pollen to different plants. While they may not be the most well-known pollinators in the insect world, they play an important environmental role.

The Dangerous Diseases Mosquito Bites Can Spread

While they may be important pollinators, mosquitoes are also known to be one of the most dangerous animals in the world because of the dangerous viruses and diseases they can carry and spread to humans and animals. The mosquitoes that are known to carry some deadly viruses, such as the Zika virus, malaria, and yellow fever, are not known to live in the United States.

However, there are still some dangerous viruses and diseases that you could catch from a mosquito in Concord, which include:

  • Dengue
  • Chikungunya
  • Tularemia
  • Encephalitis

The West Nile virus is the most common illness that people catch from mosquito bites in this area. It can also be transmitted to birds and horses. Some people who get West Nile virus have no symptoms, while others may feel flu-like symptoms.

Natural Ways To Prevent Mosquitoes Around Your Yard

Mosquitoes like warm and moist areas that have plenty of shade. While it may be impossible to completely keep mosquitoes away, some things that can make your home seem less appealing to a mosquito include keeping your grass cut short and removing excess vegetation to eliminate any potential hiding spots.

You should also inspect your yard to ensure that no objects are lying around that can collect water. Remove unused outdoor toys or old tires that could hold water after a rainy day. Mosquitoes don't need a lot of water to use as their breeding grounds. Even a deflated basketball could hold enough water on its surface to attract mosquitoes.

If you are seeing mosquitoes around your Concord home, you should take proactive steps to minimize your chances of being bitten. Some of the things that you could do include wearing bug repellent and long-sleeved shirts and pants when you go outside. Mosquitoes are also most active at dusk and dawn, so try to avoid going outdoors during those times.

Pro Mosquito Control Offers The Best Protection For Your Yard

The best way to ensure that your Concord yard is mosquito-free is to have it professionally inspected and treated. At Peeler Environmental, we can eliminate the mosquitoes in your yard with our Concord mosquito control services and help you come up with a customized plan that will prevent these bothersome bugs from coming back in the future. Give us a call today to get your free estimate and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Concord.