Mosquitoes thrive in moist, humid environments and the warm, temperate environment in North Carolina is a perfect place for these dangerous biting pests.
MOSQUITO CONTROL IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT.
The Department of Entomology at North Carolina State University insists that mosquito control is a community effort. Mosquito bites can be more than just mere nuisances. Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites by applying mosquito repellant and making your neighborhood less inviting for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are known to carry many deadly diseases, including west Nile virus, yellow fever and malaria.
THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST ARBOVIRAL INFECTIONS IS TO AVOID MOSQUITO BITES:
- Reduce time spent outdoors, particularly during early morning and early evening hours when mosquitoes are most active;
- Wear light-colored long pants and long-sleeved shirts; and
- Apply EPA-approved mosquito repellents to exposed skin areas, following these guidelines.
WHAT IS OFTEN THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF MOSQUITO PROBLEMS?
In an urban environment, artificial containers present the most common cause for mosquito problems. One five-gallon bucket can produce hundreds of mosquitoes in a ten-day period. Mosquitoes often travel no more than a few hundred feet from their breeding source and, once mature, they will be out looking for blood (possibly yours).
Artificial mosquito breeding sources (artificial containers) consists of anything that is man-made with the capacity to hold at least ¼-inch of water. This includes buckets, boats, birdbaths, tarps, rimless tires, inoperative swimming pools, gutters, and trash cans. Artificial mosquito breeding sources can be eliminated by regularly emptying, inverting, or removing the source.
Remember, one five-gallon bucket can produce hundreds of mosquitoes in a ten-day period.
TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOME AND YARD LESS MOSQUITO-FRIENDLY:
- Pour out standing water, and remove containers that can hold water;
- Fill tree holes;
- Keep swimming pools and bird baths clean;
- Report debris or drainage problems in ditches and culverts;
- Keep gutters clean and in good repair;
- Repair leaky outdoor faucets and change the water in bird baths and pet bowls at least twice a week; and
- Check window and door screens.
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