Mosquito control

The best defense against mosquitoes is to not let them come into existence in the first place. After a recent flood water event, pooled water can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Now is the time to take steps to make sure that you are ridding your property of any leftover water from the recent rains. Mosquitoes can lay eggs (up to 500 eggs each) in any type of container that holds standing water. After rainfall or once a week, empty, turn over, cover or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, rain gauges, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots and their saucers or trash containers. Check inside and outside your home. Mosquito eggs hatch within about 3 days. Waiting until the weekend to make sure your yard isn't offering a breeding ground, could be too late. Mosquitoes are most active in temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there is also notable activity in temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees also. Imagine those 2 mosquitoes that are buzzing around your patio could turn into as many as 1000 more all by themselves! In addition to those annoying and itchy bites, some mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus, Zika or other diseases. You should protect yourself from mosquitoes by using screens on doors and windows, wearing clothing that covers exposed skin and by using insect repellents containing

DEET or permethrin.

 

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