You probably know the importance of keeping mosquitos away from your Grand Rapids home during the warmer months of the year. These insects can really be a nuisance, but it's not just the itching their bites cause. They can also carry diseases that can make you and your family very sick. In June 2021, mosquito samples that were collected and tested at the Kent County Health Department detected West Nile virus. It is typically found each year, but is sometimes more prevalent than others.
Staying protected from this illness is very important, and mosquitos can also carry additional viruses such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Zika. To reduce your risk, you should avoid mosquitos and their bites. That's not so easy to do if you're outdoors in the Grand Rapids area between March and November. But there are options that can help, such as proper mosquito prevention treatment. Then you can more fully enjoy your space.
Mosquito Populations Are Rising in Michigan
The growing cases of West Nile virus in the Grand Rapids area are worth noting. But it's not just the cases of the virus that are important to be aware of. It's also the understanding that the populations of mosquitoes themselves are rising. Heavier rains in the area in 2021 prompted a bad season for mosquitos, and 2022 looks like it will be similar enough in weather to prompt additional issues with the number of mosquitoes present in the state.
Proper Precautions Can Help Reduce Mosquito Numbers
There are some ways you can help keep mosquitos at bay. Along with a mosquito treatment service, you can do your part and help stop mosquito-borne illnesses from spreading. In order to help keep the population of mosquitos on your property as low as possible, make sure you:
Get rid of puddles that form after a rain, if they don't dry up quickly on their own
Dump out standing water that accumulates in barrels, buckets, or other kinds of containers
Keep any water features you have in your yard flowing, so you don't have standing water
Eliminating standing water where mosquitoes typically place their young can help with reducing the mosquito population. While that makes it easier to avoid bites, mosquitos will still travel from surrounding yards and other locations. That can mean your family's health is at risk, even if you're doing all the right things. You don't want to have to stay inside all the time. A mosquito treatment service can help, by further reducing the population of mosquitos around your home.
You Can Reduce Mosquito Risk With the Right Help
If you want to protect the plants in your yard and also keep your family safe, Mosquito Squad of Grand Rapids can help. Our trained technicians use all-natural products, so your plants stay healthy and mosquitoes stay away. Then you can enjoy your beautiful outdoor space and all it offers, while reducing mosquito-borne illness risk. Get in touch with us today, or give us a call at (616) 920-8069.