Mosquitoes Suck the Fun Out of Outdoor Summer Activities

Fourth of July is just around the corner, but itchy mosquito bites may already be a problem in your neighborhood. In honor National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 24-June 30, 2012), Mosquito Squad of Grand Rapids has tips to help you declare independence from those pesky blood-suckers.

Pools are open and grills are going, but are you also cooking up a breeding ground for mosquitoes? Eliminate any standing water on your property as it can serve as a prime egg-laying area. Mosquito Squad of Grand Rapids recommends people follow the 5 t’s to keep mosquitoes at bay:

1. TIP.

Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs.

2. TOSS.

Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.

3. TURN.

Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.


If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.


Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad’s eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.

While generally a nuisance, mosquitoes and ticks can carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile and Lyme disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 300,000 Americans have been sickened with West Nile Virus since it arrived in the U.S. 11 years ago.

Help make your yard a mosquito-free zone by: disposing of any tires — tires can breed thousands of mosquitoes; drilling holes in the bottom of recycling containers; clearing roof gutters of debris; cleaning pet water dishes regularly; checking and emptying the water from children’s toys; repairing leaky outdoor faucets; and changing the water in bird baths at least once a week.

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can spread pathogens such as West Nile virus and the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE).

“Mosquitoes are already here along with the diseases they carry,” said Joseph Conlon, AMCA Technical Advisor. “While we cannot make them completely disappear, we must be prepared to prevent their spread throughout our public health landscape. This requires safe, effective, sustained mosquito control and awareness in the community.”

Mosquito-borne diseases do not only affect humans – they also kill countless birds, reptiles, animals and endangered species each year. Awareness of these parasites – including canine heartworm, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Western Equine Encephalitis – is another important component of mosquito control the public must embrace.

“If you are having mosquito problems in your neighborhood, there is some good news,” Mosquito Squad is helping people keep mosquitoes out of their yards all across Michigan and in many other states as well, If you are having issues with mosquitoes call 1-877-MOSQUAD to find the nearest squad .


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