With the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season on June 1st (and until November 30th), RISE (Responsible Industry for a Healthy Environment) and the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) are promoting awareness of the importance of preventing, removing and treating Stand water to combat the spread of mosquito diseases. After a hurricane, affected areas can often become breeding grounds for mosquitoes due to the combination of deep flood, deforested trees and overgrown grass. On construction sites, lawn care and landscaping companies can watch out for stagnant water before and after a hurricane to prevent conditions that cause mosquitoes to breed and spread disease to their customers.
"We encourage every person and community in a hurricane zone to prepare adequately to combat mosquito growth," said Megan Provost, President of RISE. "Diseases spread in different ways, and it is important to prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus. All members of a community benefit when individuals take the right precautions, including emptying standing people Water and the use of mosquito repellents that are approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the pesticide and fertilizer industry continues to support communities as we all work to prevent disease spread and protect public health. "
“After heavy and persistent rains from hurricanes, the receding waters leave pools with standing water in new areas where they did not previously exist. Combined with summer heat acceleration, this can lead to a drastic increase in mosquito populations, ”said Joe Conlon, AMCA technical advisor. Contractors can help prevent their customers' property by taking action before a storm where possible to reduce areas where standing water could accumulate.
Measures to prevent or reduce the likelihood of mosquito-borne disease before and after a storm include the following. These are ways to protect your customers when you are within your scope. Observing these methods also protects your crew from mosquito hazards. So far, there is no evidence that the new coronavirus can spread through mosquito transmission, as shared by the World Health Organization.
- Drain the stagnant water and, if possible, prevent water from accumulating. Check all areas where there may be water, e.g. B. tire swings, buckets, bottles, bird baths, dog bowls, flowerpot saucers, pool toys and even bottle caps. Cover dumpsters and keep boats covered or upside down, or remove rainwater from boats weekly.
- Fill or empty low spots on the property (e.g. puddles, ruts, hollow stumps). Keep the grass short and the shrubbery well cut to prevent the ingestion of mosquitoes and other potentially harmful pests.
- Keep gutters free of leaves and other debris.
- Avoid activities in the morning and evening light when the mosquitoes are most active.
- Dress appropriately in long sleeves and pants.
- Defend yourself against mosquitoes with an EPA approved repellent. Read more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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