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Our Eco Health Tips - Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on the planet, responsible for over 1 million deaths per year worldwide. They are capable of transmitting several potentially life-threatening diseases including West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This public health pest is the only known vector to transmit heartworm to your dog or cat. Not to mention, after being stuck in the house all winter long the last thing you need is for these biting flies to ruin your favorite outdoor activities.
Here are some non-chemical (EcoHealth) tips for reducing mosquito numbers.
What can you do?
Mosquitoes breed in standing water; therefore it is paramount that all sites be found and eliminated. Habitat modification is the key factor in a successful vector management program. By performing these simple tasks you can drastically reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property.
Repair outdoor faucets and leaky AC lines
Drain or fill any “low points”, such as potholes, where water collects.
Install screens over rain barrels.
Clogged gutters are one of the most overlooked breeding sites and should remain free of leaves and debris.
Empty and turn over containers that accumulate water such as cans, jars, drums, bottles, flower pots, buckets, children's toys, wheel barrows, old appliances, plastic sheeting or tarps used to cover objects like grills or swimming pools, etc.
Change the water in bird baths on a weekly basis
Clean/change the water in your pet's water bowl daily.
Cover trash receptacles/garbage cans to keep rainwater from accumulating.
Keep boats and canoes drained and covered/overturned.
Drain or get rid of old tires by recycling them.
Drill holes in tire swings so rainwater will drain out.
Children's wading pools should be emptied weekly and flipped over when not in use.
Tree holes and hollow stumps should be filled with sand or cement.
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