Summer's swan song brings the rush to get in a few more outdoor BBQ’s, the beginning of tailgating season, and the desire to maximize the last of the optimal al fresco party weather. However, with West Nile Virus on the rise, residents should also take steps to prevent mosquitoes in their outdoor living spaces.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s July 30 report, incidents of West Nile are on the rise. Thirty-five states are reporting West Nile Virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. Specifically, a total of 53 cases of West Nile Virus disease in people, including three deaths, have been reported to CDC. In 2012, a total of 5,674 cases of West Nile Virus disease in people, including 286 deaths, were reported. West Nile is spread only via the bite of an infected mosquito.
But, according to local mosquito experts at Mosquito Squad, there are five things residents can do in their outdoor spaces to protect themselves from mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.
MOSQUITO CONTROL TIPS
1. TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs.
2. TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.
3. TURN. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
4. REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment and grills aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
5. TREAT. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad’s treatments eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.Here’s to a happy and safe summer’s end!