You might dismiss mosquitoes as harmless summer pests but we would disagree. And we aren’t alone. The American Mosquito Control Association understands the risks associated with mosquitoes and have actually designated this week as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Read on to learn more about the problems associated with mosquitoes and why prevention of this pest takes diligence.
“Over the last few years, the U.S. has had increased cases of mosquito-borne illnesses such as the West Nile Virus and other exotic diseases such as dengue fever and Chikungunya threaten our shores,” said AMCA Technical Advisor Joe Conlon.
More than an annoyance at your weekend barbecue, mosquitoes, or rather the illnesses they spread, are dangerous. For 2014, the CDC reported 13 cases of West Nile virus in Georgia. While that is relatively low compared to Georgia, Texas and several other states, the statistics show that mosquito-borne illnesses are present in our region and demand our attention. Itchy mosquito bites are par for the course this time of year but we must recognize that the threat for more serious health risks exists.
So how do you reduce the threat and prevent mosquitoes from taking over your backyard or carrying away your firstborn? Serious mosquito prevention takes time and diligence.
Eliminate standing water
Because mosquitoes breed in standing or stagnant water, you must eliminate it from your property. And when we say eliminate standing water, we mean even the rain water that collected in an empty flower pot or the cover that didn’t make it back on the trash can. Clogged gutters, birdbaths, tarps, holes in the ground and even old tires lying around are common mosquito breeding sites that must be addressed and often. That’s right we did say time and diligence is a must. During mosquito season, you should always be on the lookout for standing water on your property and identifying and correcting potential breeding sites.
Take away hiding spots
Adult mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk when the temperatures aren’t quite as hot. During the day, mosquitoes tend to hide out in tall grasses and dense vegetation. Put out the no vacancy sign by mowing your lawn often and removing overgrowth.
Invest in screens
Oftentimes we seek the sanctuary of our home to escape mosquito bites. Unfortunately if the house is not prepared for the mosquito assault, some of these pesky critters will find a way in and start buzzing by your ears and taking bites out of your flesh. To avoid these unwanted houseguests, take a complete inventory of your doors, windows and screened in areas. Are any window screens ripped or torn? Do the screen doors have holes? If yes, repair or replace screens to keep that barrier between you and them.
Eliminating standing water is probably the most important thing to remember when preventing or controlling mosquito problems. Keep it in the back of your mind during all outdoor activities…” – Conlon
Even if mosquitoes are already active on your property, it’s not too late to implement the prevention tips above. And if you’re interested in professional mosquito control, give Active Pest Control a call. With multiple branches throughout Georgia, we have the ability to help homeowners quickly and effectively.
Our mosquito control service starts with a thorough inspection of the property to identify potential breeding grounds and areas where adult mosquitoes rest. Based on our findings, we’ll develop a mosquito treatment plan that stops new mosquitoes from emerging and that reduces the adult population. Contact us today to learn more or to get started!
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