What a great winter! Mild weather, lots of sunshine, how great is that?
It is great. Unfortunately, it is also great for the bugs. Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas will be hatching earlier and causing havoc in your backyard. Yuck! Entomologists are predicting a heavier than normal season for these pesky critters this summer.
Not only are they annoying, but disease, such as the West Nile is carried by mosquitoes. In Michigan there were three deaths in 2011 from this disease with many more cases that were treated. Ticks carry Lyme disease which is extremely debilitating and very hard to diagnose. In West Michigan the cases of Lyme are ever increasing. We can’t sit idle and think it is not going to happen here. It already is!
There are things you can do to help keep the mosquitoes out of your yard. We like to call them the 5 T’s. Tip, Toss, Turn, Tarps and Treat.
Tip the water out of the bottom of plant stands and the like. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in places you don’t even think about.
Toss – look in your yard for bottle caps, other small trash type items. Mosquitoes can lay over 300 eggs in a small bottle cap of water.
Turn things that hold water over, when they are not being used such as toys, dog pools & dishes, etc. They will accumulate water and then, of course, mosquito larva.
Tarps hold water. Get rid of them if you can.
Treat with a mosquito elimination barrier product around your yard. Doing this reduces the need for a bug spray containing DEET on yourself or your kids. Our barrier spray program will help eliminate mosquitoes by 90%.