Additional Mosquito Control Steps to Take For Your Yard

With winter dwindling down, the spring season will be here before we know it. Sadly, with the warmer weather and increased outdoor activity, comes the threat of dangerous diseases (like Zika and West Nile) spread by pesky mosquitoes. In order to avoid these pests this season, be sure to make your yard a mosquito-free zone […]

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The Most Important Zika Virus Developments From 2016

We at Mr. Mister want to acknowledge the important advancements that were reached in 2016 in regards to the troubling Zika virus and its potential effects on the United States as a whole. For one, researchers officially confirmed the suspected link between Zika virus and microcephaly.   The virus itself first made its debut in […]

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Natural Remedies For Mosquito Bites

If you’re a smart homeowner, you likely already treated your backyard using Mr. Mister’s innovative methods for mosquito control in Atlanta.

However, with the spring rapidly approaching, there’s no telling how mosquitoes will affect you once you leave your home. A mosquito bite is not only dangerous to your health — due to the threat of diseases like Zika Virus — but the bite itself, and the painful itch it causes, is enough to make anyone want to rip their hair out.

Thankfully, there are some natural treatments for mosquito bites that you can use in order to remedy that insufferable itch using items you likely already have lying around:

Baking Soda

Not only is baking soda great for keeping your cookies fluffy and delicious, but it is also one of the most versatile items you have in your house. Sadly, baking soda is widely under used.

With that being said, you can create a paste by mixing warm water and baking soda together, which can then be applied to the area where the mosquito bite is located. You should allow the paste to sit on the bite until it hardens, and then wash it off entirely using warm water.

Apple Cider Vinegar

We’ve all had one recipe that calls for apple cider vinegar but for the most part, we have no idea when it comes to what else it is useful for. Fortunately, the answer is: it’s a fantastic natural remedy for mosquito bites!

All you have to do is soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, and use medical tape to hold it in place until the pain and itchiness stops. It’s that easy.

Aspirin

Another useful item located in your medicine cabinet is aspirin, which is probably the most respected pain killers out there.

To use aspirin as a treatment for your mosquito bite, you should wet one under your water tap, and then rub it over your bite in order to fully coat the area. Once the pain and itchiness subsides, you can then wash the area with warm water.

Toothpaste

Although you might not be aware, toothpaste is for more than simply whitening and freshening your teeth. You can also use any non-gel based toothpaste as a means for treating a mosquito bite as well.

All you need to do is add a small dollop of toothpaste on the bite itself, let the substance sit overnight and it will dry the bite out, successfully relieving the pain and itchiness.

Deodorant

Deodorant is a fantastic treatment for mosquito bite itch. You can rub a non-gel, unscented deodorant over the bite and it will start relieving the bite within a few minutes, killing the itch and cooling the burn simultaneously.

You should always remember to bring a DEET spray for those times you head to places outside your yard without the protection of Mr. Mister.

We hope these remedies bring relief for the pesky symptoms of a mosquito bite, and as you know, we love referrals, so be sure to pass along this information to friends and family!

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Do Mosquito Eating Fish Actually Exist?

If you’re like many in the U.S, you might be worried about the spread of Zika virus — especially if you have a lake, pond, or decorative water feature that tends to attract mosquitoes during the months of spring and summer.

While most of the Zika cases diagnosed among American residents so far have been related to travel, the simple transmission of this illness from person to person by mosquitoes (or via sexual activity) can lay the framework for a latent epidemic.

As Atlanta’s premier mosquito control experts, we want to share our knowledge and expertise on mosquitoes, and methods for mosquito control with all of our reader. With that in mind, here’s how ordinary fish could become mosquito eating fish and help you battle the Zika virus in your own neighborhood.

How can fish protect against Zika?

For young fish, mosquito larvae (or offspring) are one of the most tasty and nutritious food sources available. Thus, by placing a few fish in standing water, which is the likely destination of a mosquito when she decides to lay her eggs, you’ll be eliminating these pests at the larval stage while avoiding the risk of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue virus, yellow fever, Eastern Equine encephalitis, and of course the Zika virus.

The fewer mosquitoes that are able to reach adulthood, the lower the threat of mosquito-borne diseases — and the less you need to spend on ineffective methods, such as store-bought citronella candles and DEET sprays in order to have an enjoyable evening outside.

While larger fish (such as sunfish) are typically the happiest in lakes or ponds, at least once they reach the adult stage, smaller fish can be kept in water fountains, birdbaths, as well as other bodies of water, which can frequently serve as a depository for mosquito eggs.

As the warm summer weather turns into cooler autumn weather, you’ll be able to transplant these fish to public water sources such as creeks or rivers, or you can even store them in your own indoor aquarium to allow you to use them to control the mosquito population on your property during the spring and early summer.

Where can you find mosquito eating fish?

Many states, including Atlanta, have engaged preventive efforts that are meant to avoid the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses by distributing five free varieties of mosquito eating fish — the freshwater killifish, bluegill sunfish, mosquitofish, pumpkinseed sunfish, and the fathead minnow.

All of these fish are available at a number of local pet shops, or you may even be able to directly contact the Office of Mosquito Control Coordination in order to request some of these fish for your property.

If no mosquito eating fish are available, free of purchase, in your area, you may want to consider buying some from an agricultural supply store or a pet shop. Not only are these fish extremely low-maintenance, but they’re inexpensive, and can substantially minimize your risk of contracting the Zika virus or other potentially harmful mosquito-borne illness.

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