Summer is here, the heat is on ,that means all the conditions are right for what local exterminators say will be a record year in mosquito activity.
“It’s a big public health risk really is,” says Patrick Howard who manages services at Arrow Exterminators and has talked about mosquito prevention for years.
Day or night mosquitoes season is now in full swing. you may think of them as just pesky bloody suckers but they can also carry
“They carry the West Nile virus, encephalitis, and the latest is the chickungunya,” Howard says.
But you can minimize the effect of mosquitoes but reducing the number of places they can breed.
“Survey your property, you know make sure there is no standing water, make sure there’s not an area to rest and breed.”
Bird baths, plants around your homes, gutters, or any type of sitting water they can call home. don’t let the water collect-pour it out.
You can also protect yourself in mosquito infested areas.
“You know maybe long sleeve shirts I know it’s going to be tough for kids being in the summer time but you know an insect repellant with deet in it, that’s one of the things that’s real effective as well,” Howard says.”
The experts predict it will be a record season for mosquitoes in coastal Georgia.
Patrick Howard with Savannah Arrow Exterminators says in the end avoiding sitting is your best defense to stay safe and bite free.
Here’s a full list of what Savannah Arrow Exterminators recommends you do to reduce mosquitoes around your home.
- Eliminate all sources of standing water such as children’s wading pools, birdbaths and flower pots;
- Keep rain gutters cleaned out to prevent water from standing in drains;
- Cut back or get rid of unnecessary vegetation around the home where mosquitoes can breed and/or nest;
- When swimming pools aren’t in use, keep them covered to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs;
- Remove water that has collected in tree holes and hollow stumps;
- Screen windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside homes; and
Also here is a link to a list of the best rated mosquito repellant on store shelves.