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May 1, 2016: The 7 T’s

I’m not sure if it’s ironic or prophetic, but as I went on my walk this afternoon throughout several neighbors, I came across a large swath of landscape pine needles absolutely soaked in rain water. The vast puddles were so deep that goldfish could swim in them.

Obviously the homeowner has not yet become aware that this water-soaked parcel of earth could turn into a mosquito disaster – as it only takes a teaspoon of water to start of the growth of hundreds of disease-bearing mosquitoes.

According to Mosquito Squad®, the original mosquito eliminator who invented the Protective Barrier Treatment back in 2005, here are the seven best natural ways to fight the mosquito bite.

  1. TIP: Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water. The elimination of standing water decreases a mosquito’s breeding ground. Check your property and tip over drainage catch basins, bird baths, hoses and sprinkling cans, tire swings, water bottles or beverage cans. The smallest amount of water is a great place for a female mosquito to lay her 300 eggs.
  2. TOSS: Toss grass clippings, leaves, firewood and piles of mulch that are yard trash. By keeping a yard clean, you can remove a major breeding area for mosquitoes. Check your yard, underneath decks, in gutters and along rooflines for accumulation of dead leaves, piles of fallen branches, or excess mulch. This is a great place for breeding insects.
  3. TURN: Turn over yard items that could hold water. Look for dog bowls, plant saucers, empty pots, sand boxes, plastic toys, or even garbage bins that are not being used. These items tend to fill with rain water and offer a great spot for breeding. Turn them over when not in use.
  4. REMOVE TARPS: If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water. Problem items cited most by Mosquito Squad technicians include tarps over boats, wood piles, grills, portable fire places, and even sports equipment bags. The smallest amount of water (about the size of a bottle cap) is all a mosquito needs to breed.
  5. TAKE CARE: Take care of home maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water. Areas where water pools, such as near faucets or water spouts, leaking irrigation systems, clogged gutters, all of these places offer a breeding haven for mosquitoes.
  6. TEAM UP: Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.
  7. TREAT: Mosquito Squad’s treatments eliminate 85-90% of the mosquitoes on your property and reduce the need for using DEET containing bug spray on your body. Take back your backyard and kick those pesky bugs to the curb!

- Larry Spada, Zika News Aggregation Editor

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