An Ounce of Prevention for Mosquito Control!
Mosquitoes have been recognized as carriers of infectious diseases since they were found to be the vector of Yellow Fever by Dr. Walter Reed in Cuba in 1900. Once the insect was proven to be the carrier, the next step was to remove mosquito breeding sources in Havana and the instance of yellow fever fell off dramatically. It was true then is still true and valuable today and that is the lesson of eliminating mosquito breeding sources.
Mosquitoes and Stagnant Water
Mosquitoes breed in shallow water pools that can occur in many residential and community areas. Small things like tire swings can collect rainwater and allow for mosquito breeding. Empty buckets or plant and shrub containers can also allow for easy breeding conditions. An often overlooked source of mosquito breeding areas are rain gutters. A small amount of water in a rain gutter can allow mosquito breeding right up against a home. Rain gutters should be cleaned of all leaves and debris annually after the leaves have fallen from the trees and before ice can build up in clogged gutters. Ice can weigh down the gutter and cause it to sag and hold enough water to allow mosquito breeding.during the warm months of the year. If you see plants growing out of a rain gutter, the gutter is clogged and mosquitoes will breed in the standing water.
Mosquitoes Breed in Storm Water Drains
In communities mosquitoes can breed in storm water drains. These drains have a sump area that is below the actual drain pipe and the sumps will retain water for mosquito breeding. Water retention basins can also provide standing water for mosquito breeding. While these areas cannot be altered in function, they can be treated for mosquitoes using either an insect growth regulator or a bacterial block.
Last summer I looked at community swimming pool where residents were complaining of getting bit by mosquitoes. The pool was adjacent to a wooded area not owned by the community. After inspecting for breeding sources and finding very little to treat I recommended that the community install fans to create air movement that will also deter mosquitoes from the pool area.
Mosquito Treatments and More
For communities in wooded areas where mosquito breeding may be occurring off the property, a monthly treatment of shrubbery with an approved residual pesticide will kill mosquitoes as they rest on the shrubbery. If residents live in an area with a high mosquito population, they can wear long sleeved shirts and long pants that will also help prevent mosquitoes from biting. Residents should also use an effective insect repellant containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. Residents should also check to be sure window screens are tight against the frame and that there are no holes in the screens for insects to enter.
It is a good idea to train community maintenance personnel and residents to look for mosquito breeding sources on the property and have them report it or eliminate it. Everyone can do their part to make their environment less attractive to breeding mosquitoes and the diseases that they carry!
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