Fight the Bite: Five Tips for Mosquito Season

Fight the BiteWe need the rain, not the mosquitoes.  Welcome to spring in North Texas.  Mosquitoes are unfortunately a fact of life.  Even worse, The Center for Disease Control says that the West Nile Virus, which the mosquitoes can carry, is now endemic to our area.

Fighting mosquitoes is really a community effort.  We all must do our part and today’s tip offers up 5 steps to help you fight the bite. 

  1. Get rid of any standing water on your property. Check your gutters, drains and firepots.  Anywhere water stands is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Drain it!
  2. Use insect repellent when you are going to be outside (especially true from dusk until dawn when mosquitoes are most active.)  Repellents that include DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are the most effective.
  3. Wear light, long sleeve shirts and pants when you are going to be outside for an extended amount of time (especially from dusk until dawn.)  Mosquitoes are drawn to heat and carbon dioxide (which is why it is important to wear lighter clothing so your heat signature isn’t too great.) 
  4. Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows (and they are in good repair) to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
  5. If there are any green-water pools nearby, report them to the local health department.

     

    It is important for everyone to do their part in our fight against the bite. However, mosquitoes can fly three or four miles, so sometimes simply dumping water pots and waiting for the city to spray isn’t enough. 

If you need extra help fighting the bite give Village Green a call.  Our Mosquito Assassin Program is safe, yet effective.  It kills up to 90% of your mosquitoes and keeps killing them for a month after we leave (which is great if your neighbor isn’t doing their part.)  It only takes a five-visit program to keep them gone all season long. 

Mosquito Resources
Below is a list of helpful websites.

West Nile Virus

 

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