This week, June 24-30, 2012 is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.
Here in Montgomery & Howard County Maryland, the mosquitoes are a big problem, particularly during the summer months. But besides the discomfort, irritation and swelling from bug bites, these insects are also disease vectors for illnesses such as West Nile Virus. During Mosquito Control Awareness Week we’re striving to raise awareness on mosquito-borne disease and prevention.
- Tip – Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, including those underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls.
- Toss – Excess grass, leaves, piles, fire wood.
- Turn – Turn over larger items like children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys.
- Remove Tarp – If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
- Treat – Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard, such as Mosquito Squad. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray.
Mosquito Squad of Howard & Montgomery Maryland, offers mosquito and tick control services for both residential and commercial clients in Howard County and portions of Montgomery County, MD. To find out more information about our barrier spray services and how you can “fight the bite” in your own backyard, please visit our website here or check out our press release here. If you’d like to read up on West Nile Virus, its symptoms, treatment and prevention, please visit our “Disease” information page here.