Mosquito Control Awareness Week

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Provided by Mosquito Joe

In recognition of the upcoming National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 19 to 25, 2022), your local Mosquito Joe company has some key tips to help you avoid the bites from these vicious bloodsuckers. Standing water, bare skin, and dark clothing are three things that attract mosquitoes. The American Mosquito Control Association recommends people follow the three Ds to keep mosquitoes away:

  • Drain: Empty out standing water containers
  • Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Defend: Properly apply an EPA-registered repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus

Mosquito Joe also recommends that you try to provide a means to secure the yard around your home to help eliminate the bloodsuckers. There are several steps a family can take to do just that.

  • The primary action should be to reduce sites on your property where mosquitoes may develop by eliminating containers that can hold water.
  • Dispose of any tires – water in tires can allow thousands of mosquitoes;
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers;
  • Clear roof gutters of debris;
  • Clean pet water dishes regularly;
  • Check and empty children’s toys; and
  • Change the water in bird baths at least every three to four days.

Remember that mosquitoes require stagnant water to complete their life cycle. If their water source is eliminated, so are their offspring.

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can spread diseases such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.  There are vaccines for COVID and the flu, but there are NO vaccines for the diseases mosquitoes may carry. So the onus to protect ourselves comes from sustained and effective mosquito control measures which can also include a professional mosquito control application where we live and play. 

Mosquito-borne diseases do not only affect humans – they also kill countless birds, reptiles, dogs, and horses each year. Awareness of these diseases – including canine heartworm and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) – are another important component of mosquito control.

 

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