Fourth of July is just around the corner, but itchy mosquito bites may already be a problem in your neighborhood. In honor of their upcoming National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 21—June 27, 2020), the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has tips to help you declare independence from those pesky blood-suckers.
Standing water and dark clothing are two things that attract mosquitoes. AMCA recommends people follow the three D’s to keep mosquitoes away:
- Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week
- Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus
Make your yard a mosquito-free zone by:
- Disposing of any tires -- tires can breed thousands of mosquitoes
- Drilling holes in the bottom of recycling containers
- Clearing roof gutters of debris
- Cleaning pet water dishes regularly
- Checking and emptying children’s toys
- Repairing leaky outdoor faucets
- Changing the water in bird baths at least once a week.
Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can spread diseases such as Zika and West Nile Virus. AMCA stresses mosquito-borne diseases do not only affect humans – they also kill countless birds, reptiles, dogs, horses and endangered species each year. Awareness of these parasites – including canine heartworm, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Western Equine Encephalitis – is another important component of mosquito control the general public must embrace.
About the American Mosquito Control Association The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) is an international not-for-profit public service association. With 1,600 members worldwide, AMCA services are provided mainly to public agencies and their principal staff members engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities. The membership extends to 53 countries, and includes individuals and public agencies engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities. For more information on National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, please visit AMCA online at www.mosquito.org and follow AMCA on Twitter @AMCAupdates.