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Don’t Let Mosquitoes Ruin Your Summer

2012 July 26

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By Lina Younes

With this unrelenting heat and dry weather I didn’t think we would have a problem with mosquitoes in our area. However, it seems to me that there are unusual numbers of mosquitoes and other bugs this summer in spite of the limited rainfall in our region.

In fact, you do not need a heavy rainy season for mosquitoes to multiply. Mosquitoes can easily thrive without a nearby lake or pond. They just need stagnant water. Any container will do. Even a cap ful of water left untouched for less than a week can serve as an ideal breeding ground for numerous species of mosquitoes to proliferate. The female mosquito simply lays her eggs in the water that remains untouched in a ditch, a flower pot, a can, a bird bath or an abandoned tire. And in a couple of days, voila! Hundreds of mosquitoes are born to eagerly feast on us.

So what should we do to prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes? The most important thing is to remove any containers where they may live and breed.  Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, or wading pools every couple of days to destroy potential breeding areas. Clear rain gutters and eliminate old tires or other containers around the home which can accumulate water.

Once you’ve eliminated any potential habitats for mosquitoes, use insect repellents safely to protect yourself and your family. As with other pesticide products, EPA recommends that you read the label first and follow the directions on the label. Also, by avoiding outdoor activities during the peak hours for mosquito activities (from dusk to dawn), you may reduce the potential for a mosquito bite. These preventive measures will discourage some of these flying pests and creepy crawlers from using you as their next meal.

About the author: Lina Younes is the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. Among her duties, she’s responsible for outreach to Hispanic organizations and media. She spearheaded the team that recently launched EPA’s new Spanish website, www.epa.gov/espanol . She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. She’s currently the editor of EPA’s new Spanish blog, Conversando acerca de nuestro medio ambiente. Prior to joining the agency, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and an international radio broadcaster. She has held other positions in and out of the Federal Government.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. Allan Kaufman permalink
    July 26, 2012

    I have recently returned from Africa where mosquitoes can spread many diseases. We wore insect shield clothing which worked very well http://insectshield.com/

  2. Lina-EPA permalink
    July 26, 2012

    I remember sleeping with mosquito nets around my bed in Puerto Rico. It helped at night, but during the daytime I still got bitten.
    I’m usually a mosquito magnet, unfortunately.

  3. July 27, 2012

    Here in Catalonia there are ones called mosquito tiger, and they are really agressive, when they bite you it, the bite last for days, and sometimes more. One thing you can do with places where you must have water is using mosquito nets around them, we have used that echnic in our backyard and works.

  4. July 30, 2012

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  5. July 30, 2012

    The worst thing mosquitoes can do is to ruin my evening sports time. As long as I am moving, things are going, but as soon as I stop by to rest, these annoying little mosquitoes are there to accompany me.

  6. August 1, 2012

    In Africa, Mosquitoes are a very real threat as they spread malaria which kills millions of people annually. The best prevention is not to get bitten. Avoid going outside during sunrise and sunset. Al wear Mosquito repellent in Malaria affected areas.

  7. Lina-EPA permalink
    August 6, 2012

    That’s true that in Africa is a real public health issue, however, mosquitoes care a real threat in other tropical and sub tropical areas as well. Furthermore, during the summer months, we’ve seen some mosquitoes moving to northern areas spreading diseases that were originally unknown to those areas. I have a cousin who recently passed away due to hemorrhagic dengue in Puerto Rico. When they identified the disease, it simply was too late.

  8. Simulateur rachat de credit permalink
    March 4, 2013

    In our town, we spray BT so mosquitoes are not an issue. In fact, I can say that it is extremely rare that I see a mosquito at home during the summer.

  9. Ray Webber permalink
    August 1, 2013

    In Australia, we have a wide variety of mosquitoes and some nasty diseases that go with them. Natural repellents are good, like neem and non toxic mosquito traps also work well

  10. bloj permalink
    March 28, 2014

    lol dis bad

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