The Five T's For How To Cope With Mosquitoes
Submitted by Mosquito Squad of Annapolis
Spring is here, and with it comes that buzzing noise in our ears and itchy red bumps from mosquito bites. For many people, those bumps swell, itch and then become open sores after a night of scratching.
In the wake of such a mild winter, we are anticipating a buggy summer. As we look forward to working in the yard, playing on the swing set, and dining on our deck, we can use the five Ts to help reduce the mosquito population in our yards.
Mosquitoes need standing water for their eggs to hatch but can do so in as little as a bottle cap or tablespoon of water. Drainage ditches and ponds are not always the problem. Mosquitoes can hatch in places like gutters, plant-container saucers, poorly drained yards and ruts. This means you probably have a mosquito nursery in your back yard!
Remember the five Ts:
- TIP: Tip over any containers that can hold water for more than five days at a time. This includes changing the water in a birdbath and kid pools, tipping over sand pails, toys in the yard, and anything else that holds water, like rain gauges, plant saucers, and outdoor candles, etc.
- TOSS: Toss any litter or unused containers in your yard and make sure those yard trash bags and old tires make their way to the dump. A female mosquito can lay hundreds of eggs in a soda bottle cap.
- TURN: Turn over any large objects in your yard that may collect water, like canoes or wheelbarrows, so that they do not continue to produce breeding grounds for mosquitoes. A good rule of thumb is, When in doubt - dump it out.
- REMOVE TARPS: Tarps are a major contributor to standing water. Remove tarps whenever they are done serving their purpose. For example: many tarps are used in the winter season to protect stored boats, firewood, etc. When spring arrives, be sure to collect and remove any tarps from your property once the weather starts to turn.
- TREAT: Utilize a mosquito-elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using bug spray on the body. While generally a nuisance, mosquitoes and ticks can also carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile and Lyme disease.
Mosquito Squad of Annapolis offers a seasonal barrier spray program, special event treatments and all-natural options for dealing with mosquitoes. For additional information, call 443-458-5443 or visit www.mosquitosquad.com.