Mosquitoes in Alabama are more than a nuisance. They swarm, bite and can transmit dangerous diseases with one small bite. Now that Zika has spread into the state via world travelers,some cities are taking matters into their own hands. The city of Alabaster has resumed its annual mosquito reduction program. It aims to provide a safer environment in public areas around the city.
We spoke to the Mosquito Squad today and they push the 5 t’s…
1. TIP IT.
Mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to breed so tip over everything that can hold water; flower pot saucers, dog bowls, bird baths and candles.
2. TOSS IT.
Toss out those piles of excess grass, leaves and debris that can easily collect pools of water.
3. TURN IT.
Downspouts, sandboxes tops and large plastic toys should be turned over so they don’t collect water.
4. TILT THE TARPS.
Tilt the tarps over your grill, firewood and even boats if they are not taut. They are easily forgotten about but can trap water and create breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
5. TREAT IT.
It only takes a teaspoon of water to breed 300 mosquitoes.
Walk your yard every week for potential hot spots and talk with your neighbors to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.