Simple Tips to Help You Control Mosquitoes

( Below is part of an article my doctor Douglas Dunning posted a link to. )

enemy number one when it comes to mosquito-borne viruses, but it’s not the only threat these insects pose. Other mosquito-borne viruses such as West Nile virus, dengue fever, malaria and Chikungunya also worry public health officials.
Why are mosquitoes suddenly such a public health threat? At the top of the list is globalization; as more people and goods cross borders, mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses are traveling with them. Some experts also blame ecosystem changes like deforestation, soil erosion and man-made ponds and lakes. Climate change may also contribute, as mosquitoes have greater geographic range and a longer season.    


While local mosquito control programs may treat bodies of water for mosquito eggs, larvae or pupae and spray insecticides for adult mosquitoes, you can take steps to help. For homeowners, the American Mosquito Control Association recommends:

Disposing of items that can collect water like buckets, plastic swimming pools and canvas tarps.

Emptying water that accumulates in flower pot saucers, urns and pet dishes every two days. 

Changing water in birdbaths, fountains and wading pools every two days.

Keeping your rain gutters free of debris. 

Repairing air conditioner leaks as quickly as possible.

Keeping faucets working properly to prevent water from dripping and accumulating.

Filling in drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas in your yard.

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