The Grand River Mosquito Control District has once again asked residents to join in efforts to fight the bite as part of an observance of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week through June 25.
Tim Moore, manager of the Grand River Mosquito Control District, said an increase in snowfall in the mountains and subsequent runoff has brought more moisture and mosquito breeding areas to the Grand Valley. “Survey your own property frequently for water sources and encourage your neighbors to also eliminate sources on their property,” Moore said. “Mosquitoes require water to complete their life cycle. If their water source is eliminated, so are their offspring.”
In addition to draining standing water in roof gutters, old tires and other sources, Moore said it’s important for people to remember the other two Ds of mosquito awareness — dress and defend.
People who are outside when mosquitoes are active should wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, Moore said. Studies have shown mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing and can bite through tight-fitting clothes.
It’s important as well to apply mosquito repellent to clothing and bare skin, he said. Repellents with DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus have been shown to be effective.
Mosquitos are not only pesky, but also carry such dangerous diseases as West Nile virus that infect people as well as pets and other animals.
The Grand River Mosquito Control District treats more than 2,500 private properties and 10,000 breeding sites as well as public open spaces in the Grand Valley. For more information, visit www.fightthebitegj.com.