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Mosquitoes and Rain : Avoid - Deadly Combination

Mosquitoes and Rain : Avoid this Deadly Combination! 

“The other night, I stepped outside to enjoy the cooler weather after the UAE’s long-awaited rain. But my moment of bliss was quickly interrupted by the familiar buzz and itchy aftermath – a hungry mosquito!” 

It seems like these tiny terrors have multiplied overnight. The recent downpours created a breeding bonanza, leaving behind puddles and damp spots that are like five star hotels for mosquitoes.  While the rain is a welcome change, it also comes with a downside,a surge in the mosquito population, which can pose serious health risks.  Diseases like dengue fever and zika virus, both transmitted by mosquitoes, are a real concern in the UAE.  

Dengue fever can cause flu-like symptoms, severe headaches, and even lead to complications. Zika virus, while generally milder, can be especially dangerous for pregnant women, as it can cause birth defects.

Why the Rain Brings the Bite

Those pesky mosquitoes seem to appear out of thin air after a good rain, but there is a simple reason for this sudden surge that is the stagnant water.  Mosquitoes can survive underwater for extended periods, lay their eggs in still water. A puddle left behind by a downpour, a clogged gutter overflowing, or even a forgotten plant saucer, etc. becomes prime real space for mosquitoes.

The mosquito life cycle is shockingly fast.  Those tiny eggs laid in stagnant water hatch into larvae within a day or two.  These larvae, sometimes called wrigglers, spend their days munching on algae and other organic matter in the water.  After a few molts, they become pupae, a resting stage where they transform into adult mosquitoes.   This pupal stage only takes a few days, and voila, buzzing adults ready to take flight! The entire life cycle, from egg to adult, can happen in a mere 7-10 days under ideal conditions. 

This rapid reproduction is why it is important to take action and eliminate potential breeding grounds around our homes to keep the mosquito population in check.

The Dangers We Face

Mosquitoes are more than just annoying creatures. They can transmit some serious diseases. Here in the UAE, some of the common mosquito-borne illnesses we need to be aware of include:

  • Dengue Fever: This viral infection can cause a range of symptoms, from a high fever and severe headache to muscle and joint pain, nausea, and fatigue. 
  • Chikungunya: This viral disease also causes fever, along with debilitating joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. There will be a worst muscle ache, that is the kind of joint pain Chikungunya can bring. 
  • Zika Virus: This mosquito-borne virus typically causes mild symptoms like fever, rash, and joint pain, but the real concern lies with its impact on pregnant women. Zika can pass from a pregnant woman to her fetus and cause birth defects. 

These are just some of the dangers posed by mosquito bites. It’s important to remember that not everyone who gets bitten by a mosquito will contract a disease, but the risk is definitely there.

Protective Measures

Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your family:

  • Prevention is the best:- 

Let’s make your home a mosquito-free zone!  You should remove any potential breeding grounds.  Take a walk around your property and become a mosquito checker.  Look for any stagnant water, such as old tire swings in the backyard, clogged gutters overflowing after a rain shower, all these can become mosquito growing areas. Empty anything that holds water, turn over anything that can collect it, and keep your gutters clean.

  • Mosquito Nets:

If you suspect mosquitoes might be active at night, consider using a mosquito net while you sleep. It is a shield against these invaders.  A good net can provide an extra layer of protection, especially for young children.

  • Cover Up:

Mosquitoes are attracted to exposed skin, so consider covering up, especially during peak feeding times like dusk and dawn.  Opt for long-sleeved shirts and loose-fitting pants when you are spending time outdoors.

  • Repellents:

Look for repellents containing DEET or picaridin, as these are proven effective against mosquitoes.  Apply the repellent according to the instructions on the label, and do not forget to reapply every few hours, especially if you are sweating or swimming.

You should follow these simple steps, you can significantly reduce your risk of mosquito bites and the diseases they can carry.

Sometimes the mosquito situation gets out of hand.  Even with our best efforts at eliminating breeding grounds and using repellents, these persistent pests can still find a way to bug us.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the mosquito invasion, you should call the professionals.Al Rasa Pest Control Services in UAE offers a range of effective mosquito control solutions. Our trained technicians can identify mosquito breeding grounds you might have missed. 

Remember, protecting yourself and your family from mosquito-borne diseases is important.  Do not hesitate to seek professional help from a reputable pest control company like Al Rasa if the DIY approach isn’t enough. Live in a mosquito-free zone! Happy life! 

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