Mosquitoes, the Uninvited Summertime Guest

by Kacey Wyman on June 1, 2012

 

Summertime means mosquito time.  With the unseasonably warm temperatures that Northeast Ohio experienced this winter, the mosquitoes, along with other nuisance pests, are going to be arriving earlier than usual.  Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, they also carry many dangerous diseases.  There are many simple ways for a homeowner to reduce the probability of mosquito nests settling onto their property.

Mosquitoes lives begin underwater, so one very easy way of preventing an abundance of biting insects by making sure you do not have any stagnant water around your home.  With all of the foreclosures and abandoned homes in our area, a good place to check is neighboring vacant yards.

        “Common mosquito breeding locations:

Swimming pools, tires, bird baths, cracks in pavement, tree holes,

garbage cans, gutters, potted plants, and septic tanks”  as stated by  PCT magazine, Peter Brabant.

Mosquitoes are known for carrying West Nile Virus, but some other diseases that they can carry are: Encephalitis, Malaria, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, and Dog Heartworm.  Since West Nile Virus arrived in the United States 11 years ago, it is projected that around 300,000 Americans have been effected by it.  It is very important to take the right steps in controlling the mosquito population.  To protect yourself and your loved ones, here are five basic steps to follow to keep mosquitoes from ruining your summer.

“The 5 T’s:

1. TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters and flat roofs.

2. TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.

3. TURN. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.

4. REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment are not taut, they are holding water.

5. TREAT. Have a mosquito elimination barrier treatment done around your home and yard.  Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body.”

(Source: Russ Jundt, Mosquito Squad)

If you are a DIY homeowner, go to your local hardware store & look for mosquito briquettes which are great for placing in those stagnant pools of water. You can invest in a portable insect fogger to treat small outdoor areas. Prefer to have an expert take care of your pest control needs or have larger areas to tend to? Call Epcon Lane, for that professional touch & let us solve your pest control needs!

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