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6 Tips to Reduce Nuisance Mosquitoes & Disease in Your Community

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 02, 2018

Mosquitoes

Summer is typically the time when communities, associations and property owners get the most out of their lakes, ponds and wetland ecosystems, but pesky mosquitoes can interrupt recreational activities and overall enjoyment of the outdoors. In addition to being a nuisance, mosquitoes can carry debilitating diseases, including Zika, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus, which is the most widespread and deadly, reported in 47 states and claiming more than 100 lives last year. Though mainstream media attention has shifted away from mosquito-borne diseases since the Zika scare of 2015-16, these viruses are still transmitted throughout the country.

"Mosquitoes are a threat to communities in many ways” SOLitude Lake Management’s President Marc Bellaud said. “It’s critical for municipalities, landowners and associations to understand and implement preventative management strategies that are effective and well as safe for residents and the environment.”

To protect community members and limit mosquitoes around your waterbody this summer, SOLitude Lake Management recommends the following preventative tips:

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Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control, Pond Management Best Practices

Best Practices for the Management of Mosquitoes in Your Community

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 23, 2018

Mosquito Management

What comes to mind when you think of warm weather? Maybe a nice, relaxing day on the beach or lake? Or maybe it’s the reminder that pesky bugs will be making their comeback for the summer. Out of all the little annoyances, mosquitoes are often considered the worst. In addition to being annoying, mosquitoes pose a serious threat to public health, as they transmit dangerous diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus. Luckily, there are several management strategies to help prevent mosquitoes from bugging you this summer. So, put down the citronella candle and take notes on how you can protect yourself from these pesky intruders.

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Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control, Pond Management Best Practices

Managing Mosquitoes: Help Reduce the Spread of Disease

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 19, 2017

AS SEEN IN Various Community Associations Institute Chapter Newsletters: Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist

Managing MosquitoesI was on a genealogy website not long ago when I was reading about an ancestor, and this line stuck out to me: “…the first year after his return from the army he was able to do but little work, as he suffered greatly from fever and ague, which he had contracted in the service.” Fever and ague was, at the time, the terminology used to describe what we now call Malaria, and the war in which my ancestor contracted the disease was the American Civil War. He probably was bitten by an infected mosquito somewhere in Virginia.

Zika virus is making a lot of news lately, but mosquito-borne diseases are nothing new in the United States. Malaria was common over most of the country up through the 1800s, and wasn’t eradicated here until the early 1950s. Other mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, and more recently Chikungunya, are currently carried by mosquitoes in the United States, and can pose a serious threat to public health. Preventing the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, and the other unpleasant consequences of mosquito infestation, requires a proactive multi-pronged approach. It is important to understand the biology of the mosquitoes involved, their behavior, and how environmental conditions contribute to mosquito problems.

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Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control, Published Articles

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. 

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Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control, Pond Management Best Practices

10 Ways to Help Reduce Mosquitoes and the Threat of Disease in Your Community

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 25, 2017

Mosquitoes are a royal pain that nobody wants to deal with. And in addition to being an annoyance, mosquitoes pose a serious threat to public health, as they transmit dangerous diseases like Zika and West Nile virus. Here are 10 ways to help reduce mosquitoes in and around your lake or pond, and throughout your community:

1. Remove cattails and other non-beneficial shoreline vegetation, which can provide breeding habitat for mosquitoes.

2. Maintain a buffer of beneficial vegetation, such as Pickerelweed and Cardinal Flower, to help provide habitat for mosquito predators like dragonflies.

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Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control

Mosquito Control: What You Should Know About Zika

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 26, 2016

02_asian_tiger_mosquito_e.jpgWorldwide, mosquito-borne illnesses are a serious public health concern and affect nearly 700 million people each year. Zika virus (ZIKV), a relatively unknown and unstudied virus, has been a hot topic in the news over the past several months – and rightfully so. ZIKV has spread quickly through Latin America and the Caribbean, and over 800 travel related cases have been reported in the United States as of June 2016. There are major concerns surrounding Zika virus disease, particularly for pregnant women; therefore, it is important to understand ZIKV, how it’s spread and how it can be prevented.

Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 in the Zika Forest of Uganda. Prior to 2007, it had only been detected in central Africa and throughout Southeast Asia. However, in 2007, it was associated with a disease outbreak on Yap Island in the South Pacific, representing the first time it had spread outside of Asia. From there, it spread to South America with human cases first reported in 2014.

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Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control

Effective Mosquito Surveillance and Control to Prevent Nuisance Disease In Your Community

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Nov 05, 2015

mosquito_control_trapping_eThere are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes in the world, many of which carry infectious diseases such as West Nile Virus. Simple steps can be taken to protect your employees, community residents, or your family from mosquito borne disease. Aside from the obvious health benefits, these steps can make for a more enjoyable community, common area, and backyard as well.

Although wide area mosquito control is often considered the responsibility of the city, county, or municipality in which you live, often times these programs are non-existent, or woefully inadequate. It is actually something that many large sites should consider handling internally. Homeowners associations, golf courses, outdoor recreational facilities, industrial sites, commercial properties, and larger private land owners can all use this type of program to effectively and efficiently control nuisance and disease carrying mosquitos on their properties.

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Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control

Natural and Effective Mosquito Control

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 23, 2015

Aaron_Stocking_Minnows_eThe harsh winter we have been experiencing has many of us longing for spring. Your pond(s) will once again become a focal point and gathering spot in your community when the warm weather arrives. Unfortunately, pesky mosquitoes begin to appear in the spring and try to ruin your ability to enjoy the outdoors. SOLitude is on stand-by to help you control the mosquito population in your pond with an affordable, unique, and natural solution.

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Topics: Fisheries Management, Mosquito and Pest Control

Protecting Animals—and their Humans—from Lyme Disease

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Aug 19, 2014

AS SEEN IN Quorum, Community Associations Institute, June 2014: Written by Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist

Quorum_june2014Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness reported in the United States, and Virginia and Maryland are among the 13 states in the union where more than 95 percent of the cases have been identified. The disease is caused by the organism Borrelia burgdorferi, a corkscrew-shaped bacterium of the spirochete group. The bacteria exist in very high levels in mammals such as white-footed mice and white-tailed deer, which are immune to the disease but are common hosts for hard-shelled ticks of the genus Ixodes. The disease lives in the midgut of the ticks and is transmitted when they feed on other hosts that are susceptible to the disease, such as humans and dogs.

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Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control

Mosquito Control In and Around Your Community’s Pond

by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 16, 2014

AS SEEN IN various Community Associations Institute (CAI) publications, Spring 2014: Written by Industry Expert Matthew Phillips, Aquatic Biologist and Environmental Scientist 

mosquito_controlMosquitoes are one of the most infamous insects on the planet. And during the most precious times of year, they seem to be everywhere, constantly buzzing in our ears and showing up at the most inopportune times.

Mosquitoes start their life as an aquatic organism. Females will deposit their eggs in just about any form of standing water from ponds, puddles, tires, empty flower pots, and even water collected in stumps or leaves. A female can mate multiple times in her lifespan and may lay 100-200 total eggs. Most females will fly over the surface of water and drop her eggs, which will develop into larvae in a few days to weeks. Some larvae will breathe via spiracles, or small opening, but others will “hang” upside down just below the surface of the water and extend a siphon, which attaches to the underside of the surface water tension. This is why mosquito larvae thrive in very stagnant water.

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Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control, Published Articles

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