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Mosquito Control: Tips to Reduce Mosquitoes & Disease in Your Community

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 25, 2017

Aedes aegypti-e-1.jpgMemorial Day marked the unofficial beginning of summer—and the onset of mosquito season. Cold-blooded mosquitoes thrive in balmy temperatures and can get dangerously out of hand without proper management. To limit the impact of mosquitoes during summer travel and activities, SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, recommends the following ecologically sustainable, preventative, and proactive measures to homeowners, landowners, golf courses and municipalities. 

Eliminate breeding habitats
Throughout her six- to eight-week lifespan, a female mosquito will lay about 300 eggs, often in standing or stagnant water. Clearing gutters, picking up litter and emptying buckets and small outdoor containers can help decrease the number of available habitats for mosquitoes to reproduce and thrive.

Circulate stagnant lakes and ponds
In aquatic environments such as lakes, ponds and stormwater basins, the introduction of aeration can help consistently circulate warm stagnant water and help create unfit mosquito breeding grounds. 

Treat undesirable aquatic plants
Stagnant water pockets in ponds can also be eliminated through the removal of cattails and non-beneficial vegetation, which can be identified and remedied by a pond management professional.

Stock fish that feed on mosquito larvae
Stocking a lake or pond annually with Fathead minnows, Bluegill and mosquitofish can help prevent mosquito larvae and adult mosquito infestations throughout the summer. Check with an experienced Fisheries Biologist about your state’s specific stocking regulations.

Plant vegetation that attracts dragonflies
Dragonflies can feed on hundreds of larvae and full-grown mosquitoes each day. The introduction of natural, beneficial vegetation around your pond, like blue flag iris, pickerelweed, arrow arum, arrowhead, spatterdock, lizard’s tail, and various types of rushes and sedges can help attract predator dragonflies to your property.

Integrate sustainable biological larvicides
If the above natural proactive management methods aren’t making enough of an impact on pesky mosquito populations, a safe EPA-approved biological larvicide formulated from beneficial bacteria can be used.

Consider a proactive comprehensive management plan
An Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) program uses science, technology and environmentally responsible applications to target the insect through each phase of its lifecycle. A thorough site assessment, surveillance program, and disease monitoring are all a crucial part of a successful mosquito management program.

“Besides causing an annoying itch, mosquitoes are responsible for the spread of dangerous vector-borne diseases, including West Nile virus, chikungunya and Zika,” SOLitude Lake Management’s President Marc Bellaud said. “It’s critical for communities to understand this threat, educate their residents and implement a preventative management plan before peak mosquito season arrives.”

Mosquitoes are not just a threat to outdoor recreation; they can spread harmful and potentially deadly diseases that pose a serious risk to public health. But there are many simple, natural and effective ways to limit and prevent their impact on your outdoor activities. Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, take some time to prepare for a mosquito problem before mid-summer hits—your bare skin will thank you.

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Contact the experts at 888-480-LAKE (5253) for all of your lake, pond and fisheries management needs. 

SOLitude Lake Management is committed to providing full service lake and pond management services that improve water quality, preserve natural resources, and reduce our environmental footprint. Our services include lake, pond and fisheries management programs, algae and aquatic weed control, mechanical harvesting, hydro-raking, installation and maintenance of fountains and aeration systems, water quality testing and restoration, bathymetry, lake vegetation studies, biological assessments, habitat assessments, invasive species management and nuisance wildlife management. Services, consulting and aquatic products are available to clients nationwide, including homeowners associations, multi-family and apartment communities, golf courses, commercial developments, ranches, private landowners, reservoirs, recreational and public lakes, municipalities, parks, and state and federal agencies. Learn more about SOLitude Lake Management and purchase products at www.solitudelakemanagement.com

Topics: Pond Management Best Practices, Mosquito and Pest Control

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