Every year the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) designates a week in June as Mosquito Control Awareness Week. This year that week runs from June 25th to July 1st. This will be the 21st annual MCAW and there is a great need to bring awareness to mosquitoes. From West Nile to Malaria, Dengue Fever to, most recently, Zika, mosquitoes are responsible for several dangerous and deadly illnesses worldwide. In fact, as noted by the World Health Organization, more than half of the human population is at risk to mosquito-borne diseases.
Mosquitoes are ranked as the world’s deadliest animal (at least if we take humans out of the mix). With over 3,000 species located on every continent of the world other than Antarctica, they collectively affect an estimated 700 million people and are responsible for over 725,000 deaths worldwide per year.
Mosquito Joe of NW Houston wants to take this opportunity to help educate our community both about the importance of mosquito control and help guide you on how to combat the mosquito population in your yard. Mosquito control plays a huge role in managing the spread of these diseases.
The AMCA simplifies their recommendations into the “3 D’s” – drain, dress and defend. Check out the cheat sheet to the right! Part of what Mosquito Joe does in every yard we service falls into the category of “drain” and we have become well versed in locating some unexpected spots of stagnant water. Remember that mosquito eggs need water to hatch! While they can sit dormant for over 5 years until a drop of water hits them, the less water you have in your yard the better:
- Make sure your gutters are clean – those leaves can cause water to accumulate up there and make a very nice place for mosquitos to lay eggs.
- While French drains help move water off your roof and out of your yard without leaving trenches in your mulch, the corrugated pipe makes a terrific spot for eggs. Just one capful of water is enough for 300 eggs!
- Aerobic septic systems are another favorite spot. Make sure that your caps are on correctly and fully shut. Spot check for cracks that might enable a mosquito to crawl through (they don’t have to be very big).
- Tires, recycling containers, trash cans without lids – these are all great places for water to accumulate and create an issue.
- If you have a kid’s play area in your backyard make sure that any toys are left upside-down (or better yet bring them inside) and that kiddie pools are dumped and filled regularly.
- Many of our customers like to leave water out for the deer. Make it a point to dump and refresh the water once a week.
- Finally, remove piles of leaf and yard debris when they are created. The more potential homes you give these guys the more they will likely make their home with you.
Finally, we don’t want to let June go by without a mention of the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson” happening at the Conroe Aquatic Center on June 22nd at 10am. Created to bring awareness to the importance around making sure all our kids know how to swim, this free event is great fun for the whole family. The lesson is held in conjunction with other sites worldwide simultaneously! Head out and participate and help break the Guinness Book of World Record (that they achieved last year) of over 40,000 people. That’s 40,000 people all taking a swimming lesson together! Visit the City of Conroe website for more information.