It may be hot and dry in Center Grove and Greenwood but that doesn’t mean mosquitoes aren’t a problem. According the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the summer of 2012 may be one of the worst on record in years for mosquitoes. It does seem like everything has a month, a week or a day to celebrate it or raise awareness and mosquitoes are no different. This week is “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” (June 24 – 30).
The local experts at Mosquito Squad of Indianapolis offer five strategies for mosquito control, including:
- 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.
- TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.
- TURN. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
- REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment and grills aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
- 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 eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.
While generally a nuisance, mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus and encephalitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 300,000 Americans have been sickened with West Nile Virus since it arrived in the U.S. 11 years ago. For additional tips and information, visit www.east-indy.mosquitosquad.com.