Monsoon season means one thing- bugs!
The seasonal monsoon moisture and torrential rain throughout the desert southwest leaves behind an increase in bugs. Specifically, mosquitoes which tend to hatch in bunches. The rain isn't solely to blame. Mosquitoes breed in areas where water is present, high humidity and moisture, that will bring the insects out. Mosquitoes prefer stagnant water, like a pond or fountain, flowerbeds, and clogged gutters.
But we'll see more than mosquitoes. Scorpions, termites, and Palo Verde beetles 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, there are ways to prevent bugs from taking over your home. 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. 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, Malaria and dog-heartworm. According to Truly Nolen Pest Control, an Arizona Farm Bureau member benefit provider, the best protection from mosquito-transmitted diseases is to prevent exposure to mosquitoes.
Here are a few things you can do to prevent exposure to mosquitoes.
· Drain any 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, pest control and treatment inside and outside of your home will reduce the risk of future infestations.
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