National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is this week and while it may not appear on your calendar, mosquitoes all over Southern New Hampshire and worldwide should be on high alert. With the new mosquito-borne illness, Chickungunya, spreading so rapidly across the United States as well as a handful of other mosquito illnesses, elimination in your yard and worldwide is now more important than ever.
Mosquito bites are not just painful; they are also the paths to virus transmission. National Mosquito Control Awareness week is the perfect time to follow Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s seven tips on eliminating mosquitoes:
TIP. Tip over tire swings, portable fire pits and catch basins and other areas that hold water.
TOSS. Toss out yard waste like grass clippings, leaves, firewood and piles of mulch that create mosquito breeding grounds. Be sure to check the borders of your property as well as underneath your deck where debris tends to accumulate
TURN. Turn over portable sandboxes, slides or plastic toys; downspouts, plant saucers, and dog water bowls that capture water.
REMOVE TARPS. Loose tarps over firewood piles, portable fire places, boats, and grills trap water and are often overlooked. Make sure you remove those potential breeding grounds.
TAKE CARE. Taking care of your home can increase your property values and decrease your chance of mosquito bites. Include areas like gutters, downspout in your efforts. Check irrigation systems to ensure that they aren’t leaking and causing a breeding haven for mosquitoes.
TEAM UP. Talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.
TREAT. Utilize Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s mosquito elimination barrier treatment around your home and yard to reduce the need for using bug repellent on you and your family.
These seven tips will keep you and your family safe from mosquitoes and their diseases. To extend our efforts even further this week, we urge you to consider donating just $1 to Malaria No More’s Power of One (Po1) campaign. $1 provides a life-saving test and treatment for a child in Africa against mosquito-borne diseases so prevalent to them. Donating is easy at SwatMalaria.net.
Take this opportunity during National Mosquito Control Awareness week to protect your family and children in Africa from mosquitoes. One easy click, one easy walk around your yard and one easy phone call can do it all. Call us today at (603) 538-3125!