Mosquito Squad: National Mosquito Control Awareness Week June 21-27
RICHMOND, Va. - June 16, 2015 // PRNewswire // - As part of Mosquito
Control Awareness Week, June 21 - 27, 2015, TV host and backyard
expert Jason Cameron has teamed up with Mosquito Squad and its
Squad of technicians to create the best hacks to keep backyards
free of annoying, and often dangerous, mosquitoes.
Cameron's top hack? Walk your yard.
"Mosquitoes breed in standing water and water can accumulate in
virtually every nook of a backyard, whether it's a small yard or a
McMansion, if you're not out in the yard seeing what's out there,
and keeping it clean, you're asking for mosquitoes to breed,"
The Squad, the nation's leading firm specializing in mosquito
and tick elimination, just signed its 170th franchise and is
expanding quickly due to homeowner demand for services that
eradicate bothersome and disease bearing mosquitoes. According to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquitoes can
transmit West Nile Virus, Chikungunya and other arboviruses.
As The Squad continues its work with homeowners in the U.S., Rob
White, the company's vice president, reminds Americans to take both
a local and global view of mosquito control.
"With all the fun associated with summer, it's easy to forget
that in many parts of the world, mosquito bites can lead to death,"
White said. "The Squad has supported the efforts of Malaria No More
since 2011 and we urge you to donate to their Power of One (Po1)
campaign, where just $1 provides a life-saving test and treatment
for a child in Africa."
Donations are accepted at SwatMalaria.net.
In addition to supporting Malaria No More, Cameron encourages
homeowners to get up close and personal in their yards with the
following hacks to reduce and eliminate mosquito breeding.
- Tip. A bottle cap filled with water holds
enough water for mosquitoes to breed. Since mosquitoes breed in
standing water, the elimination of standing water decreases a
mosquito's breeding ground. The Squad technicians report that yards
with bird baths, play sets with tire swings, tree houses, portable
fireplaces and pits and catch basins are the biggest offenders.
Have a tire swing? Cameron's hack: drill holes in the bottom of the
tire to empty water or even replace the tire with a wooden or
- Toss. The Squad technicians see a lot of
yard waste, so remember to TOSS that yard trash, bag up those
clippings and leaves and make sure firewood is stacked neatly.
Cameron suggests building or installing a firewood holder to be
sure that your firewood pile doesn't trap water.
- Turn. Walk the yard every few days and
turn over items that could hold water and trash. Look for
children's portable sandboxes, slides or plastic toys; underneath
and around downspouts; in plant saucers, empty pots, light fixtures
and dog water bowls.
- Remove Tarps. Many homeowners have tarps,
or covers, on items residing in their outdoor spaces. If not
stretched taut, they are holding water. Check tarps over firewood
piles, portable fire places, recycling cans, boats, sports
equipment and grills. Advice from Cameron: use bungee cords to keep
- Take Care. Home maintenance can be a
deciding factor in property values and mosquito bites. Regularly
clean out gutters and make sure the downspout is attached properly.
Re-grade areas where water stands more than a few hours, and make
sure that all fallen branches and hollow trees or logs are removed
from the property. Check irrigation systems to ensure that they
aren't leaking and causing a breeding haven. Keep lawn height low
and weed areas.
- Team Up. Despite taking all precautions
in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to
mosquito, and tick, control. Townhomes and homes with little space
between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor's home,
and affect your property.
- Treat. Utilize a mosquito elimination
barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier
treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug
spray on the body.
About Mosquito Squad
With more than 170 franchise locations nationwide, Mosquito
Squad specializes in eliminating mosquitoes and ticks from outdoor
living spaces, allowing Americans to enjoy their yards, outdoor
living spaces, special events and green spaces. The Squad has been
a proud supporter of Malaria No More since 2011. For more
information, visit www.MosquitoSquad.com,
www.MosquitoSquadFranchise.com and www.OutdoorLivingBrands.com.
SOURCE Mosquito Squad