NATIONAL MOSQUITO CONTROL AWARENESS
WEEK AIMS TO TEACH AND HELP AMERICANS KEEP SAFE AND TAKE BACK
Triad of North Carolina (June 6, 2016) – It’s not a good week to be a mosquito June 26 – July 2. Those seven summer days have been declared “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA)
Mosquito Squad, the local authority in the Triad of North Carolina, is offering strategies to help Americans enjoy outdoor living. Matt Beam of Mosquito Squad (BS Biology, University of North Carolina) recommends the following five tips for mosquito control:
1. TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s
sandboxes, wagons or toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include
tarps, gutters, drains and flat roofs.
2. TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from outdoor areas.
3. TURN. Turn over larger items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys, wheelbarrows, and yard tools.
4. REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment are not completely taut, they are holding water.
5. TREAT. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at
home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug repellant on your body. Mosquito Squad’s eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitos on a property. While generally just a nuisance, mosquitos and ticks can
carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile and Lyme disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly
300,000 Americans have been sickened with West Nile Virus since it arrived in the U.S. 11 years ago.
For additional tips and information, visit www.mosquitosquad.com.
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