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Mosquito illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

Preventing Mosquito Bites Around Your Home

By Dr. Craig Stoops

For many people, mosquitoes are a part of life in the summer. Their presence is annoying and can even threaten the health of people and pets.  

Fortunately, there are ways people can protect themselves against mosquito bites. Three effective ways to control mosquitoes around a house and limit exposure to their bites are: 1) Source reduction, 2) EPA-approved repellents, and 3) Hiring a professional.

Source reduction

Many mosquito species like to use water found in unattended bird baths or discarded items such as buckets, tarps, and children’s toys as locations to lay their eggs and continue the next generation. By emptying and cleaning bird baths and discarding items that can hold water (often called “tip and toss”) one can greatly diminish the mosquito population around their house and protect themselves from mosquito bites.

It is important to get your neighbors involved as well. What they do will impact you because mosquitoes will easily go from one property to the one next door seeking a blood meal.

EPA-approved repellents

There are numerous safe and effective insect repellents available on the market in a variety of formulations such as sprays, creams and wipes. The best and longest-lasting repellents contain the active ingredient DEET, but there are other active ingredients available such as picaridin, IR3535 and several botanical ingredients such as lemongrass oil and others. Visit the U.S. CDC website on mosquito bite prevention for additional information: https://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dvbd/about/prevent-bites.html

Researchers are always looking for additional “tools for the repellent toolkit” and new effective active ingredients have been recently found. One example is nootkatone. The EPA has recently provided approval for this active ingredient developed by scientists and the U.S. CDC from the Alaska yellow cedar tree. It has shown in the laboratory to be effective at repelling both mosquitoes and ticks and is available for development by a company into a commercially available product. 

Not everyone will be comfortable using a repellent that contains DEET. And repellents are only effective if people use them, so having ingredients like nootkatone available is important in protecting people from mosquito bites. Here is the U.S. CDC webpage on nootkatone: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0810-nootkatone-registered-epa.html

Hire a professional

While people can do a lot to control the mosquitoes around their house by discarding and emptying containers that breed mosquitoes, there may be times that getting advice from a professional is necessary to effectively control the problem. Pest control operators specifically trained in identifying the mosquitoes in your yard and recommending an integrated control program can be a great way to provide season-long relief from mosquito bites.  

When considering using a pest control company, be sure to do your homework and make certain you are hiring certified professionals who understand the methods and limitations of mosquito control. These professionals will be able to identify problem areas and use both non-chemical and EPA-approved insecticides to control the problem.

Dr. Craig Stoops (www.mosquito-authority.com), LCDR (ret.) MSC USN, is a retired U.S. Navy medical entomologist and chief science officer at Mosquito® Authority, a mosquito control company. He has conducted mosquito control and research in the United States, South and Central America, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has a B.S. in biology from Shippensburg University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology from Clemson University. Dr. Stoops is board certified by the Entomological Society of America in medical and veterinary entomology.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Commercial Exterminators: Termite Control to Protect Your Business

By Digvijay Singh Kanwar

Recent reports have shown that the economic burden attributed to termite control and damage holds a substantial amount of the construction budget. To implement an effective termite inspection plan, listed in this article are helpful tips from proven commercial exterminators Phoenix, AZ based experts.

Scheduled inspection. The effectiveness of termite control lies on its precise scheduling. Experts recommend that building and house owners permit annual inspection in cooler parts of the establishment while biannual monitoring must be done on warmer portions. 

Commercial exterminator services. Pest Control Management companies exist throughout the country. Property owners must make use of these professional services to survey their areas. 

For large buildings, it is recommended that pest control companies be notified prior to actual construction since they can detect soil that can be susceptible to termite infestation.

Termite activity. 

Scheduling of the inspection must also be aligned with the known termite activity. Pest scientists have already learned that the early spring to late summer is the time period at which optimal termite reproduction occurs. 

If inspection and eradication are done at this time period, the likelihood of termite spread will be minimized, if not completely prevented.

Self-monitoring. For old buildings and houses, self-monitoring can be done by the building officials. In fact, several companies have designated specific personnel for the regular inspection of building rooms. These people are tasked to check the quality of concrete slabs, wood edges, and ceiling materials on a monthly basis. 

Owner’s initiative. In addition to the above-mentioned activities, occupants of structural spaces are also encouraged to keep a termite checklist. 

This checklist highlights the areas of the building that must be regularly monitored. Included in this list are the wood ceiling, wall foundations, window decorations, floor, and the underlying soil. Compliance with this checklist can prevent the occurrence of large damages in the future.

Termite Control/Prevention

Termites are pests which cost you a lot when they nest in your properties. They destroy properties by eating their cellulose and non-cellulose materials. 

Cellulose materials, or things made from plant fiber, like wood and paper consist a major part of a termite’s diet. Subterranean and drywood termites cost the most damage to human structures.

Termite extermination is very necessary when termite problems become overwhelming. 

Aside from money, termite extermination will require a lot of time and effort from the pest controllers and the property owners. 

Before any extermination is conducted, a proper and thorough termite inspection must be done to determine the scope of the damage and the scale of the termite population.

That is why termite prevention is a must. Pest control can be more effective if it is done before a structure is constructed. 

The termite treatment called “pre-construction chemical treatment” can be done at the time of construction prevents termite infestation. It involves treating the soil, where the structure is founded, with soil insecticides. 

But if no “pre-construction chemical treatment” had been done, take the following pest control measures:

Eliminate access/ entry points of termites: Termites are attracted to moist environments. Control the accumulation of moist in dryer vents and air conditioner condensation pipes.

Fill junctions of walls and chamber properly: Check your property for cracks in the walls, the flooring, and other areas because termites can enter through them. If some cracks are found, immediately work on filling them.

Terminate wood and soil contact: Wooden and other kinds of debris, including garbage, must be removed from the vicinity of the property. They can be potential breeding grounds for termites. 

Remove wood products: Throw away damp wooden products. If kept within the property, they will draw termites in. If fixed wooden components of the property like fences, stairs, and balustrades are broken, or grow moist, immediately perform an anti-termite treatment on them.

Destroy colonies of termites: Abolish all kinds of termite colonies thriving on or near your property with proper extermination methods. If termite extermination is not done well, some termites may survive and they will soon rebuild their colonies. 

Remove sources of moisture: Keep most spaces in and out of the house dry. Prevent water from flowing into the foundation. This could be most devastating when termites catch wind of this. 

Keep drains and gutters clean to avoid leakage: Inspect the water and sewage pipes occasionally to check for leaks. Leaks can cause more than moisture, which termites like. 

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