Protecting, People, Pets, and Property From Zika
Protecting, People, Pets, and Property From ZikaProtecting, People, Pets, and Property From Zika

Protecting, People, Pets, and Property From Zika

Once merely a backyard pest, mosquitoes have become a serious public health threat in recent years with the rise of Zika. The warmer climate is prime territory for the insects to disrupt outdoor events and turn evenings into itchy affairs.

Mosquito awareness has heightened

Recent concerns over mosquitoes have heightened awareness and promoted education regarding zika. According to the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA), mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism. Mosquitoes are also threats to pets and horses because of the diseases and parasites they transmit, including dog heartworm, West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis. Simply put, mosquitoes are a threat to people and pets in our community.

What You Can Do To Combat Zika

Home owners and businesses can take the following steps recommended by AMCA to prevent mosquito breeding on their own property:

  1. Dispose of containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in pet dishes or saucers of flowerpots for more than two days.
  2. Clean debris from rain gutters and remove any standing water under or around structures, or on flat roofs. Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks or eliminate puddles that remain for several days.
  3. Change the water in birdbaths and stock ornamental pools with top feeding predacious minnows. Known as mosquito fish, these minnows are about an inch-and-a-half long and can be purchased or native fish can be seined from streams and creeks locally.
  4. Commercial products like “Mosquito Dunks” and “Mosquito Bits” can be purchased at many hardware/garden stores.
  5. Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas, and either remove, drain or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar. These areas may be treated with Bti or methoprene products, also.
  6. Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats, pools, etc. Arrange the tarp to drain the water.
  7. Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days. If ditches do not flow and contain stagnant water for one week or longer, they can produce large numbers of mosquitoes.

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