Mosquito Season is Upon Us
Posted on 06-28-2012
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2012
Contact: Jessica Donald
The 2012 Mosquito Season is Upon Us
Hot Temperatures Could Mean a Population Explosion – What Can You Do?
(Boise, ID) – The Ada County Weed, Pest & Mosquito Abatement Department wants to remind residents once again, that with summer comes mosquito season. As the weather gets warmer, residents should begin taking measures to protect themselves and their family from mosquitoes and West Nile virus.
The cool and wet spring this year kept the mosquito population to a minimum. However, as the temperatures continue to rise, and with the recent flooding along the Boise River, we will likely see a significant increase in the mosquito population this year. As West Nile virus continues to remain a concern, residents are encouraged to “Fight the Bite,” and protect themselves and their property from mosquitoes that could carry the potentially deadly virus. Here are some suggested precautions that can be taken:
- Inspect your property and your neighborhood for standing water. Areas where water collects, even within a lawn or other grassy area are prime mosquito breeding habitats.
- Drain or frequently replace standing water to prevent mosquito breeding
- Avoid over irrigation
- Remove excess vegetation from ponds
- Empty artificial containers
- Change water in bird baths and dog bowls
- Frequently clean roof gutters
- Filter swimming pools regularly, and cover
- Cover cesspool and septic tanks
- Flush out horse troughs every 3 days
- Drain incidental standing water
- Purchase biological mosquito control “dunks” to use in areas that cannot be cleaned regularly
- Replace or repair old screen doors and windows if needed, to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
- Use an EPA-registered insect repellant when outdoors. Mosquitoes can bite through thin fabrics, so repellant should be used over clothing. For organic prevention, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil can be used, and is the only plant-based insect repellant recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
- Cover up with light colored, long sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors, especially when mosquitoes are most active during the hours between dusk and dawn.
Residents who have a significant mosquito problem, or who spot areas of standing water in or around their neighborhood, can report those to Ada County Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement at (208) 577-4646. Mosquito Abatement staff may be able to assist by inspecting and treating areas that are identified as likely mosquito breeding grounds.
Those interested in learning more about mosquito control and the dangers of West Nile virus, are encouraged to visit www.adaweb.net/WeedPestandMosquito.aspx or like Ada County Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement on Facebook.