A mosquitoMosquito bites cause dozens of diseases around the world and over one million people globally lose their lives to mosquito-borne diseases annually. Families can stay safe and healthy by deterring the insects from their properties.

Diseases that mosquitos can transmit include several types of encephalitis (swelling of the brain). They can also pass on West Nile Disease (also called West Nile Poliomyelitis because although 80% of people who contract it have no symptoms, one in 150 patients will develop severe disease that resembles polio).

Traveler’s diseases such as Malaria and Yellow Fever also occur through mosquito bites in the Americas and Africa. Zika virus can cause microencephaly (heads that are too small), premature birth and miscarriage in women bitten by mosquitoes while pregnant.

Most people don’t develop any symptoms, notes Mosquito Shield of Northeast NJ, mosquito prevention specialists from Northeast NJ, but the consequences for an unborn child can be severe.

Deterring Mosquitos

  • Plant Lemon Balm. Mosquitos love human body odor so getting plants that mask the scent will help keep them away. Lemon balm is one such plant, and homeowners could place them on lawns around the home.
    Lavender is another one. Wearing lavender perfume or diluted lavender oil on the skin will prevent them biting.
  • Wear Light, Tightly Woven Clothes. Mosquitos like dark colors so wearing cream or white will make the person less interesting to them. Fabrics that are tightly woven will also reduce the chance of getting bitten, as mosquitos cannot get through them.
  • Choose Areas With A Breeze. When going out, pick breezy areas to sit. Mosquitos don’t like wind and will avoid it.
  • Use Mosquito Shield. To be sure the family is safe from bites, hire professionals. Mosquito prevention specialists can visit people at their homes and spray the exterior, including wood, stone or brick walls, decks, patios and other places that attract the insects.
    This means people can safely sit outside without the fear bites. The spray works by masking the CO2 that the insects like.
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Mosquitos carry disease, but with a few simple steps, it’s easy to protect your family.