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MOSQUITOES & SCREENS

Are you like me and hate mosquito bites?  One summer I was helping my dad pick vegetables in his garden for just twenty minutes and got 42 mosquito bites!  Needless to say, I got ill from all of those bites which also turned into huge welts.  I was miserable for days not to mention the intense itching!  If you hate mosquitoes as much as I do, then read my helpful tips and let us help you...

 

 

Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones

 

One of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from the harmful viruses such as the Zika virus that are carried by and transmitted by mosquitoes is to have window, door & porch screens that are in good repair. Check your screens for holes and deterioration today. 

If you have holes or other damage to your screens such as deterioration, you are putting yourself at risk for the mosquitoes to come in through your screens.

We carry a large variety of screen mesh, but the best screen mesh is Better Vue Insect Screen for your windows & doors and No-See-Um for your doors & porches by Phifer.  These two screen meshes have a mesh count of 20x20 which means there are 400 holes per square inch.  This also means that the holes are the smallest openings of all the screen mesh on the market which makes it incredibly difficult for even the smallest of bugs such as a mosquito or gnat to get through the screen mesh and into your home or porch.  You can read more about these screens on our website.

 

PREVENTION

Here are several excellent ways to prevent mosquito bites:

Make sure your window, door and porch screens are in good repair.  A mosquito can get through small tears in your screen mesh and of course the large holes are an open "door" welcoming in all types of insects into your home.

 

    "Window screens, introduced in the 1880s, were called "the most humane contribution the 19th century made to      the preservation of sanity and good temper."  

     Source:  "History of and Reasons for Mosquito Control in New Jersey"

  • Bug Spray or Repellant 

Make sure your bug spray has "deet" in it.  This chemical is most effective in repelling mosquitoes and ticks.  Spray yourself, your children and even your pets.  There are "natural" bug sprays with natural ingredients such as eucalyptus which helps repel mosquitoes if you want more natural alternative.

  • Mosquito Netting  

Are you an outdoor person who likes to go camping?  Be sure to take mosquito netting with you to cover you while you sleep.

  • Citronella Candles

Add some "mood" lighting with citronella candles that help deter mosquitoes when you're sitting outside enjoying the evening.

Why Should You Want to Keep Out Mosquitoes?  

 

Did you know...

"Mosquito-borne diseases or mosquito-borne illnesses are diseases caused by bacterial, viruses or parasites transmitted by mosquitoes. They can transmit disease without being affected themselves.

Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes include: malariadengueWest Nile viruschikungunyayellow feverfilariasisJapanese encephalitisSaint Louis encephalitisWestern equine encephalitisEastern equine encephalitis,Venezuelan equine encephalitisLa Crosse encephalitis and Zika fever.

Nearly 700 million people get a mosquito borne illness each year resulting in greater than one million deaths."

Source:  Caraballo, Hector (May 2014). "Emergency Department Management Of Mosquito-Borne Illness: Malaria, Dengue, And West Nile Virus". Emergency Medicine Practice. 16 (5).

Transmission of Bacteria, Viruses & Parasites by Mosquitoes

When a mosquito bites a human, she injects saliva and anti-coagulants. For any given individual, with the initial bite there is no reaction but with subsequent bites the body's immune system develops antibodies and a bite becomes inflamed and itchy within 24 hours. With more bites, the sensitivity of the human immune system increases, and an itchy redhive appears in minutes where the immune response has broken capillary blood vessels and fluid has collected under the skin. This type of reaction is common in children and adults. Some adults can become desensitized to mosquitoes and have little or no reaction to their bites, while others can become hyper-sensitive with bites causing blistering, bruising, and large inflammatory reactions, a response known as Skeeter syndrome.

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