Member Benefits: Secrets to Keeping Mosquitoes Away Despite the Monsoon Rains
By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Arizona Farm Bureau: Monsoon season means one thing: bugs! The seasonal monsoon moisture combined with the remnants of the recent Hurricane Nobert dumped torrential rain throughout the desert Southwest leaving behind an increase in bugs -- specifically mosquitoes, which tend to hatch in bunches.
But we’ll see more than mosquitoes. Scorpions, termites, and Palo Verde beetles are all wanting to come in out of the rain. Homeowners will see increased activity as these insects look for a dry place. While nature will take its course, you can prevent bugs from taking over your home.
- First, start in your yard. Check your drip system, make sure it's running early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Make sure that it doesn’t hold a lot of water at night because that's where the pests are going to come and feed.
- Second, maintain a clean yard. Repair irrigation leaks and clean roof gutters.
In addition to their annoyance, mosquitoes carry many diseases such as Dengue Fever, Encephalitis,
- Drain standing rainwater. Drain water from garbage cans, pool covers, coolers, toys, or other containers where water has collected.
- Inspect your yards and drains. Dispose of bottles, cans, old tires, buckets, plastic swimming pools, birdbaths, or other debris that can hold standing water.
- Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
- If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear light-colored clothing, shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves.
No matter what the season or disaster, pest
Editor’s note: For more information on our member benefits including our regional benefits go to Arizona Farm Bureau’s member benefits page online. Or, download the Member Benefits app to your smart phone for easy, everyday access to your benefits
Source: Truly Nolen Pest Control