Most Marylanders already know the logistics behind mosquito breeding behavior. A little moisture is all it takes to send mosquito populations into overdrive. Rain has been abundant this season in Montgomery County and Howard County Maryland which will result in the obvious; more rain = more mosquitoes! Along with the irritation mosquitoes present to our daily lives, they can also make us very sick. Here in Maryland, West Nile Virus is of particular concern as the temperatures and humidity rise along with standing water from recent storms and flooding making the perfect recipe for a mosquito army that could potentially harbor the virus.
The season facing us is worrisome, West Nile Virus is known to spread faster in warmer weather and according to a recent article in the Washington Post, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also shares the worry of West Nile and especially for emerging threats such as Chikungunya, which may be poised to spread quickly this season. West Nile, a virus that can cause fever, headache and joint pain, killed 85 people in the United States last year. Mosquitoes carrying the disease have been found in 47 states, including Maryland.
A look at Chikungunya reveals of the 2,492 cases of reported in the continental states last year, only 11 — all in Florida — were from bites received in the United States; the others involved people who had been bitten in the Caribbean or elsewhere. None of the cases were fatal.
The article also points out the concern over more cases of chikungunya coming to light in the US. In order to contract West Nile Virus you must be bitten by a mosquito that previously fed from an infected bird. However, mosquitoes can catch the chikungunya virus from one person and spread it to others. Also, the mosquitoes that spread West Nile bite mainly from dusk to dawn, while those that spread chikungunya prowl all day long. And about 20 percent of people infected with West Nile develop symptoms, compared with about 75 percent of those with chikungunya.
With the amount of rainfall we have received over past weeks in Montgomery County, Howard County and the surrounding areas lowering the population of mosquitoes and preventing their reproduction is vital to your family’s health and comfort this season. Mosquito control begins in your own backyard.
Our goal at Mosquito Squad of Montgomery County and Howard County is to keep you and your family free of the dangers of mosquito-borne illness this season. There are safeguards that can be set in place around your home to ensure your property remains mosquito-free, these include:
The 5 T’s of Mosquito Control
1. Tip. Tip anything around your home that can collect water from rain or your sprinkler system. Dog bowls, plant saucers, clogged gutters and sand buckets left out in the yard can collect enough water to be a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Don’t forget the bottoms of planters and flower pots!
2. Toss. Remove excess grass, weeds from gardens, leaves, firewood and other leftover clippings from your yard. The accumulation of basic yard debris such as twigs after a storm or leaves in your gutters is a common over site. Toss it all out!
3. Turn. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like baby pools, children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys. Check around your yard every day. You never know when a short rain occurred overnight leaving a bit of water in your child’s water table or the bird bath in your garden. Don’t forget to check your child’s tire swing too!
4.Tilt/ Remove Tarps. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, grills or boats aren’t taut, they’re holding water. If you have to use a tarp, check on it regularly and make sure it is securely held in taut position
5. Treat. Contact Mosquito Squad of Montgomery County and Mosquito Squad of Howard County, MD. Our mosquito elimination barrier treatment eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property. Remember that mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they can carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus and a host of encephalides.
Contact us today to learn more about fighting the bite in your backyard! Contact Mosquito Squad of Montgomery County or Mosquito Squad of Howard County today at (301) 926-3001, or via email at montgomery-county.mosquitosquad.com