constant annoyance of
that buzzing in your ear and subsequent bite of the mosquito has for the
city dweller taken on a new importance with the threat of the West Nile
Virus. In the USA as of
September, 2006 there were 2171 reported illness from West Nile in 41
States with 74 being fatal. In Ontario last year
more than 390 people became ill, 17 people died and 12 of those were in
IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PROTECT YOURSELF.
Avoid going outside especially in the early morning and evening.
Do not wear dark clothing
(Goethe is definitely out)
Make a fashion statement: wear a mosquito net jacket, or hat.
Apply DEET ( N,N-Diethyl-2-tolumide). DEET is not recommended
for children under
two years of age. Repellents with thirty percent DEET will provide up
to 6.5 hours of protection and repellents with ten percent DEET
will provide 3 hours of protection.
Avoid bushes and shrubs as this is a hiding
/resting area for the mosquitoes particularly during the hottest time
of the day. To reduce this risk these areas should be pruned to allow
air and sunlight penetration.
In patio areas, Gazebos or screened in porches you can burn
mosquito coils which contain the pesticide Permethrin. In enclosed
areas you should only reenter the area after the fog (Fumes) have
Use a Bug Zapper Light and lure all kinds of insects both good and bad
to their deaths.
Use an Indoor Bug Light to
attract all kinds of insects both good and bad to have them drown in
soapy water with out the annoying zapping noise.
Burn numerous Citronella candles and lawn spikes in the immediate
activity center. I have never found that these work well, but it
all possible breeding sites such as your evestroughs or anywhere that
water may sit for 3 to 7 days. Examples: Bird Baths, Tires, Old
Containers and Kiddie Pools.
To control Mosquito larvae in fish ponds you just do not over feed
your fish and the fish should eat the mosquito larvae.
Fill in the low depressions
property where water may stand for 3
to 7 days in wet weather.
Avoid storm drains and storm ditches.
Only live in municipalities which larvicide their standing water areas
including catch basins with Methoprene or BTi
(Bacillus thurengensis israelensis) three times a year.
Spray your yard with Malathion for mosquitoes following the label
directions. Malathion can kill some plants so be careful and read the
label. Follow all safety precautions.
Fog the city streets with insecticides. This is only done by licensed
Mosquito Magnet to capture Mosquitoes, Black Flies, No See Ums,
Biting Midges, and Sand Flies. The Defender model provides coverage for up to
a 1/2 acre. The Liberty model provides coverage for up to 1 acre. The
Liberty Plus model provides up to 1 acre of coverage and does not
need to be plugged in to run.
THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES THAT
YOU WILL NOT GET BITTEN OR THAT IF YOU DO GET BITTEN THAT YOU WILL GET
THE WEST NILE VIRUS.