There is nothing worse than enjoying the last days of summer outside and getting bitten by a mosquito. Although we cannot completely get ride of these insects, there are ways to lessen their impact while we enjoy the outdoors.
“Over the past few years, the U.S. has had increased cases of mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, Chikungunya, and Zika virus,” says Chesprocott Health District Director Maura Esposito. “To ensure the safety of family, friends and pets, it’s extremely important to make sure you’re taking the proper steps: First, by reducing mosquito breading through water management and source reduction, and second, reducing adult mosquito populations.”
One of the easiest and most crucial thing to do is to remove any stagnant water you have around your property. Empty pots, containers, bowls, or any item that allows water to collect and has the potential for mosquitos to breed in. If a mosquito problem already exists, the American Mosquito Control Association recommends controlling adult mosquitos through mosquito traps, sprays and vegetation management. Keep mosquitos out of your home by making sure your windows, doors, and porches are kept closed or tightly screened.
“Eliminating standing water is probably the most important thing to remember when preventing or controlling mosquito problems. After it rains, make sure to empty any container that holds water,” adds Esposito.
Remember the three D’s: Drain, dress, and defend.
Drain: Empty out water containers after a rain.
Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Defend: Property apply an approved repellant such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), is the state agency responsible for trapping, identifying, and testing mosquitoes. Visit their website for weekly testing results.
An active trapping site is located in Cheshire and weekly results can be found on the CAES Chesprocott Health District website — www.chesprocott.org. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Chesprocott Health District at (203) 272-2761.