Welcome back to the Metro Screenworks blog! Our blog is your one-stop-shop for all things relating to window screens. Today, we are going to talk about mosquito safety. It’s extremely important that you protect yourself from these pests and the diseases they carry. According to the American Mosquito Control Association, mosquitoes carry:
- Dog Heartworm
- Yellow Fever
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- St. Louis Encephalitis
- LaCrosse Encephalitis
- Western Equine Encephalitis
- West Nile Virus
- Zika Virus
Though most of us won’t suffer from the side effects of a major disease if we are bit by an errant mosquito, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Today on the Metro Screenworks blog, we are going to talk about how to avoid mosquitos and the diseases associated with them.
Repair Window Screens
First, check all your window screens, screen doors, and other screened areas to make sure that all of your home’s screens are intact. A damaged screen that has even the smallest puncture hole can let in these six-legged menaces and they can bite your family and pets. If you notice that your screens need repair, be sure to check out Metro Screenworks replacement window screens or our window screen rolls. We offer custom window screens in various sizes and with specialty window screen that can do so much more for you than just keep the mosquitos out.
Wear Bug Repellant
When you are outside, it is best to wear bug repellant. Many types of bug repellant will not only keep the mosquitos at bay, but also other harmful bug pests such as ticks, biting flies, and others.Repellents with DEET are extremely effective at keeping the mosquitos away. However, there are also natural alternatives like lemon eucalyptus oil — which has been approved by the CDC as an effective means for deterring mosquitos — as well as lavender, tea tree oil, geraniol, and others.
Reduce Standing Water
Though a backyard pond is a beautiful addition to your outdoor space, standing water is the perfect place for mosquitoes to breed. To get rid of the amount of mosquitos buzzing around your head this summer, empty all areas with standing water. Empty the bird bath, garden pond, low areas where water collects, buckets, and anything else that holds water. Getting rid of items that tend to collect water such as old tires is a must. Removing leaves and other elements from your rain gutters can also cut down on the amount of standing water that surrounds your home.
Wear Protective Clothing
Wearing protective clothing can adequately reduce your risk for a dangerous mosquito bite. Wearing long sleeves, long loose pants, socks, and shoes can cut down on the chances of getting bit. However, it is still best to wear a repellant in addition to protective clothing.
We hope that you can keep those mosquitos at bay this summer and if you are in need of replacement window screens for your home, shop Metro Screenworks online screen store! We offer high-quality affordable screening materials. We provide both traditional and specialty materials. Shop our extensive store today!