June 25- July 2 is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week . However, it’s not a celebration, but a way to bring awareness of the health issues brought on by mosquitoes. They can be more than an annoyance and the Department of Health and Environmental Control is reminding South Carolinians to do what they can to control them and the spread of serious diseases they carry.
Adam Myrick, spokesman for the Department of Health and Environmental Control says:
All it takes is a very small amount of stagnant water, and that can be that breeding ground. So that’s why it’s very important to people to just really look around their yard, and do things like freshen up the water in the pet bowl, or freshen up the water in the bird bath, keep the gutters clean and look on those tarps and see if there are in folds there where water has gathered.
Myrick says some basic cleaning activities around the home is all that’s required to prevent and control mosquitoes.
The best thing you can do is take out any buckets, any cups or any other low-lying, bowl-like or cup-like area where rainwater can gather, where you can have any type of standing water. Go ahead and get rid of those. Dump the water out. Don’t allow the water to stagnate in any areas of your yard.
He adds that children’s swimming pools, gutters, low-lying areas in the yard are all areas people don’t think about as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
People don’t think about tarps that might be on a lawn mower or a grill cover or something like that. Any type of tarp-like thing has the potential to get some folds in it. And where it might gather up over the item, that is going to be another area where water can stand.
Myrick says mosquitoes are more active in the morning and evening hours and, if you find you must be outside during those times, wear long-sleeve shirts and pants as protection. Also, use appropriate insect repellents and making sure you follow the directions on the label.
See more tips from the Department of Health and Environmental Control on how to make your yard safer and more pleasant during this mosquito season.