Protecting yourself, your family and your landscape from mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and rodents begins with awareness of their presence and how you can take simple steps to thwart their reproductive cycle. Mosquitoes, for example, require water for their eggs to develop and hatch, indeed adult mosquitoes will lay eggs that will lie in wait for sufficient water to accumulate to allow for egg hatch. Removing those items in your landscape that have the potential to pool water is the first step in preparing your landscape. Such preventative steps may include: Submerging & extending downspouts to disperse into turf areas and below ground, leveling low areas that may not allow water to drain properly, and adjusting irrigation systems to prevent over-saturation, removing bird baths, children’s toys, pet dishes and the like. Ensure that there are no open routes for mosquitoes to enter your home by checking your window screens.
CPHort can scout your landscape for mosquito, tick or other rodent breeding grounds and either eliminate them or bring them to your attention. We offer an organic mosquito, tick & rodent repellents or insecticide/rodenticide that kills mosquitoes, ticks or rodents on contact and/or repels them for weeks. A scheduled program is important to maintain control of such pests and should be considered for season long control.
Illinois Dept of Public Health on Mosquitoes
Illinois Dept of Public Health on Ticks
Illinois Dept of Public Health on Fleas
Illinois Dept of Public Health on Zika Virus
While it doesn’t seem that Zika Virus is something that we need to be particularly concerned with in this area, it does speak to a larger concern about mosquitoes in general. Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting numerous diseases to humans that cause an estimated 700 million illnesses that resulted in a million deaths annually. No other organism on Earth is more dangerous to humans than the mosquito.
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