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    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

    Early Prevention is Key to Pond Mosquito Control

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   May 16, 2014

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    To drastically reduce the ideal environments for mosquitoes to breed and live we recommend the following ecologically sustainable, preventative, and proactive mosquito control measures to homeowners, landowners, homeowner's associations, golf courses, and municipalities.

    “After the wet season that much of the East Coast has experienced this winter and early spring, homeowners and community managers need to take extra care in eliminating or altering all environments that attract mosquitoes for breeding,” said David Beasley, Lead Fisheries Biologist with SOLitude Lake Management.

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    Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control, Seasonal Pond Tips

    Stocking Minnows: A Natural Method For Mosquito Control

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 14, 2014

    Winter has definitely shown us some varying weather this year which has many of us longing for spring. When warm temperatures approach, your pond(s) will once again become a focal point and gathering spot in your community.

    minnow-stockin.jpgUnfortunately, as spring arrives, pesky mosquitoes also begin to appear and try to ruin the warm weather fun. Implementing a mosquito control plan in early spring is your best bet for combating these pests throughout the summer. 

    Reducing mosquito populations is a common goal for most pond owners. It is well known that mosquitoes can spread both diseases and viruses while also being a nuisance. Mosquitoes place their eggs on the surface of calm, stagnant water where they incubate and hatch. The more water movement in your pond, the less opportunity mosquitoes will have to reproduce. Therefore, ponds with aeration will have fewer calm areas available for mosquito reproduction, but unfortunately pockets of calm water may still be present. These pockets of calm water provide mosquitoes with the appropriate conditions needed to reproduce.

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Mosquito and Pest Control

    Natural Preventative and Proactive Solutions for Mosquito Control

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jul 01, 2013

    Mosquito_article-_Asian_tiger_mosquito-SLMAt this time of year, the mosquito infestations are peaking. SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and surrounding states, recommends the following natural and ecologically sustainable preventative and proactive mosquito control measures to homeowners, landowners and home owner's associations, and municipalities.

    Eliminate standing water in artificial containers including flower pots, buckets, corrugated drainage hoses, or even hollowed tree stumps. This is the environment that the Asian Tiger Mosquito, which is the carrier of the West Nile virus among other diseases, likes to breed. This insect has only a 200 yard flying radius, therefore infestations many times can be positively effected in the surrounding environment.

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    Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control

    Minnows For Natural and Effective Mosquito Control

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Jun 24, 2013

    Are pesky mosquitoes ruining your summer fun? There are several ways to control mosquito populations in your pond and community this year.

    minnow stocking AaronOne of the most natural and cost effective methods for mosquito control in and around your lakes and ponds is to simply maintain a healthy population of fish, to include minnows and other fish like mosquitofish, bass and bluegill that eat mosquito larvae in order to support their own growth and development. A regular program of minnow stocking to supplement the natural reproduction of these fish in the pond can yield very good results with respect to mosquito control. 

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    Topics: Fisheries Management, Mosquito and Pest Control

    OPERATION: Mosquito Control

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Apr 09, 2013

    By Lisa Richards, Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist

    Every summer it happens: you go outside for a nice day and you end up a victim to mosquitoes. They are annoying pests and also carry deadly diseases. Fortunately, there are precautions and steps you can take to protect yourself from these nuisances.

    describe the imageThe Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) causes the most complaints of all mosquito breeds in the mid-Atlantic. Every year, thousands of calls are made to state and local agencies about mosquito issues. Nearby lakes, ponds, streams, and drains are usually blamed for the cause; however, Asian tiger mosquitoes do not breed in bodies of water with natural soil. Instead, they breed in artificial containers. They also have a limited flying radius of only about 200 yards, so if you are bitten by this type of mosquito, check your yard or porch for standing water in containers such as flower pots, corrugated plastic drainage hoses, bird baths and tree holes. By simply emptying the stagnant water, you are eliminating the breeding ground this mosquito requires. Asian tiger mosquitoes can carry several diseases, specifically West Nile. Keeping your yard and surroundings clear of breeding containers is an easy and important step to protect yourself. 

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    Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control

    Natural and Effective Mosquito Control Preparation

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Feb 27, 2013

    describe the imageSpring is just around the corner and as warm temperatures approach, your lakes and ponds will once again become a focal point and gathering spot in your community. Unfortunately, this is also the time when pesky mosquitoes begin to appear and try to ruin the fun.

    Reducing mosquito populations is a common goal for most lake and pond owners. It is known that mosquitoes can spread both diseases and viruses while also being a nuisance. Mosquitoes place their eggs on the surface of calm water where they incubate and hatch. The more water movement in your pond, the less opportunity mosquitoes will have to reproduce. Therefore, lakes and ponds with aeration will have fewer calm areas available for mosquito reproduction, but unfortunately pockets of calm water may still be present. These pockets of calm water provide mosquitoes with the appropriate conditions needed to reproduce.

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    Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control

    Fountain Maintenance Concerns: Ants in Your Pants?

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Mar 04, 2011

    By Ethan Chappell, Aquatic Specialist

    Ants_in_Otterbine_contacter-overload_Marc_cMeteorological spring is officially here, which means the beginning of the growing season. It is important to have all of your aeration systems and pond maintenance equipment in tip top shape. Spring rains and warming weather also means that insects are back on the move. Now is a good time to get ant baits in your electrical panels or begin to plan a trip from the exterminator. Electrical components are magnets to ants. 

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    Topics: Mosquito and Pest Control

    Control Mosquitoes: West Nile Virus Spotted in Virginia Beach

    by: SOLitude Lake Management   |   Sep 24, 2010

    Mosquito_article-_Asian_tiger_mosquito-SLMThe Virginian-Pilot has reported today that chickens and mosquitoes in the Virginia Beach and Pungo areas are reported to be carrying the West Nile Virus. More commonly believed to be a problem in the summertime, this disease doesn't discriminate when it comes to the seasons. The West Nile Virus is spread through mammals, humans, and birds through mosquito bites, and symptoms and severity of the disease may vary. Children, seniors, and those with low immune systems are most vulnerable to the illness, which is known to cause flu-like qualities and is sometimes fatal.

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    Topics: Aeration, Mosquito and Pest Control