As we begin National Mosquito Control Awareness Week next week, Mosquito Squad of Birmingham reminds residents to follow our 5 T’s to mosquito elimination in keeping your families safe from mosquito-borne illnesses. In addition, we’d like to add 2 more T’s to this formula to take our protection even further, worldwide in fact.
Mosquito Squad of Birmingham encourages homeowners to get up close and personal in their yards to reduce and eliminate mosquito breeding by:
TIPPING. Tip over anything that holds enough water for mosquitos to breed. That’s just a tiny teaspoon! Since mosquitos breed in standing water, the elimination of standing water decreases a mosquito’s breeding ground. Birdbaths, play sets with tire swings, tree houses, portable fireplaces and pits and catch basins to recycle water should all be checked regularly and water tipped.
TOSSING. Toss out grass clippings, leaves, firewood and piles of mulch. By keeping a yard clean, homeowners can remove a major breeding area for both mosquitoes and ticks. More than 45 percent of Mosquito Squad customers said areas near foliage or woods bordering their property were the most troublesome spots in their yard. Yard debris, including leaves, small twigs and plants, can also accumulate underneath decks, in gutters and at roof lines.
TURNING. Walk your yard every few days and turn over items that could hold water and trash. Look for children’s portable sandboxes, slides or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts; in plant saucers, empty pots, light fixtures and dog water bowls.
REMOVING TARPS. Many homeowners have tarps or covers on firewood piles, portable fire places, recycling cans, boats, sports equipment and grills. If not stretched taut, they are holding water.
TAKING CARE. Home maintenance is important. Regularly clean out gutters and make sure the downspout is attached properly. Re-grade areas where water stands more than a few hours, and make sure that all fallen branches and hollow trees or logs are removed from the property. Check irrigation systems to ensure that they aren’t leaking and causing a breeding haven. Keep lawn height low and weed areas.
TEAMING UP. Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.
TREATING. Utilize our mosquito elimination barrier treatment around your home and yard. Using our barrier treatment reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on yourself and your family.
In addition to our mission to educate homeowners on mosquito control and make outdoor living more enjoyable, Mosquito Squad of Birmingham is urging the public to take both a local and global stance on mosquito control by donating $1 to Malaria No More. A $1 donation provides a life-saving test and treatment for a child in Africa. Donate at SwatMalaria.net
“As vector-borne illnesses including the new-to-U.S. Chikungunya virus and West Nile Virus continue to capture headlines nationwide, concerns about mosquito control remain high,” said Matthew Lange, owner. “We’re urging the public to get involved both locally and globally in the war against mosquitoes and the illnesses they carry. By being proactive, homeowners can take control of their yards and their health, as well as help those facing the life threatening challenge of malaria on a daily basis.”
Mosquito Squad of Birmingham has taken an active part in fighting Malaria worldwide by donating hundreds of dollars in the last few seasons. This money is used to provide life-saving mosquito nets to protect children in Africa against the disease. Each treated net can protect up to two children as they sleep at night, when disease infested mosquitoes are most like to bite them. In honor of National Mosquito Control Week, help Mosquito Squad of Birmingham protect these children further by donating today.