Mosquitoes in Salina
Mosquitoes transmit many dangerous diseases like malaria, West Nile, and Zika Virus, making them the most dangerous animal in the world, though fortunately here in Salina, the risk of mosquito-borne disease is minimal. Even with a low risk of mosquito-borne disease, mosquitoes are reviled for the itchy red welts they leave after their bites. There are about 200 different species of mosquitoes found throughout the United States, with habitats ranging from deserts at or below sea level to mountain meadows with elevations of 10,000 feet or higher.
Mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant or slow-moving water, so they are commonly found around marshes and lakes. However, needing only a half-inch of standing water to breed, mosquitoes are often found around homes, in kiddie pools, metal buckets, flower pots, and any object that collects rainwater or excess water from irrigation systems. This underscores the importance of homeowners regularly checking their property for containers that could be collecting water, providing a safe harbor for mosquito populations to breed and grow.
Mosquito Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers
Many people and animals are bitten by mosquitoes with no side effects except the typical itchy welt. And, while a large number of mosquito bites can reduce the quality of life, the diseases these insects can transmit are the much more serious threat. Most people infected with mosquito-transmitted viruses show no symptoms or only mild, flu-like symptoms that may not result in a visit to the doctor. However, severe symptoms following infection occur in a small percentage of people. Mosquitoes are also responsible for transmitting heartworm in dogs.
Mosquitoes can be dangerous, which is why it’s so important to contact a professional mosquito exterminator for exclusion and control services to protect your Salina property.