Summer is less than a week away, and the mosquitoes are ready to enjoy the summer with us if we let them! Mild winters and wet weather help these little buggers flourish, so it’s up to all of us to squash the party. According to Kayla Wheeler of KSDK News, St. Charles County Mosquito Control Program and the Division of Environmental Health are looking to work with members of the community to reduce the number of mosquitoes.
What St. Charles County Mosquito Control Is Doing
The County points out that mosquitoes do not spread Covid-19, but they do spread other diseases, most commonly West Nile Virus in our area. To keep the population down, they will be spraying areas with dense mosquito populations as they occur. They will be treating areas of possible breeding with larvicide to stop adult development. They will be trapping and testing mosquitoes for the sake of species research, as knowing what kinds of mosquitoes are present helps to know what diseases might be present.
What They Want You To Do
Caroline McEwen, manager of the Mosquito Control Program, says, “When residents take steps to protect themselves from insect bites and eliminate breeding grounds from their homes, our program is more focused and effective.”
The steps to take are easy but highly effective.
Around your home, you should remove all yard debris, old tires, and empty flower pots as each of these can hold standing water. Be sure to drain areas such as baby pools and birdbaths that can collect water as well. Mosquitoes love standing water and multiply there. Check your doors for gaps and screens for holes to keep mosquitoes from making their way inside your home. Be sure to protect yourself and your family by avoiding bites. Wear long sleeves and long pants in highly mosquito populated areas and always, ALWAYS wear insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
What Mosquito Squad Can Do
The County’s efforts to keep the mosquito population down is excellent for the community as a whole, but it’s not likely to make it into your own backyard. Keeping things tidy and dry as suggested above, is a super start to mosquito control, but that’s just the first step.
Professional St. Charles mosquito treatment from Mosquito Squad of West St. Louis County will make the difference between a summer of trying to avoid and control the mosquitoes and summer without them. Our barrier spray eliminates 90% of existing mosquitoes and continues to work for up to 3 weeks. Continued service throughout the summer will make your outdoor spaces your own oasis, free from all the things that seem to create stress in these crazy times, including mosquitoes! Call us today to schedule your first appointment. You’ll be glad you did, and the entire community will be a better place for it!