Since standing water is essential to every life stage of the mosquito, the most effective way to eliminate the insect is to remove every source of standing water under your control. Whether you’re worried about catching a dangerous mosquito-borne disease like Zika or just hate itchy, swollen skin left behind by bites, the battle begins and ends with water. As plumbers, water is our specialty. So, we are writing this post to remind readers to take late-summer precautions.
Here is what the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) says about Zika Virus:
- Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. Many areas in the U.S. have the type of mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika, even if the infected person doesn’t have symptoms.
- The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites.
- Use EPA-registered insect repellent. It works!
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Stay in places with air conditioning or window and door screens.
- To eliminate the risk of mosquito bites, remove standing water around your home. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect, microcephaly, which is a sign of incomplete brain development. Doctors have also found other problems in pregnancies and among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth.
How to Eliminate Mosquitos:
- On a regular basis, take a tour around the perimeter of your property. Look for anything that could collect rainwater: pails, cans, oil pans, etc. When you discover something that could hold water, empty the contents and move to a covered area.
- Dump those containers after every rainfall. If the item isn’t something which can easily be turned over, carefully knock it over and push the water out.
- Take note of low-lying areas of your property which could be prone to even minor flooding. If these areas collect standing water they could become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
- Regularly check and clean rain gutters and downspouts. Gutters escape homeowner attention, so they could potentially prove an effective breeding ground for mosquitos.
- Don’t leave pet water and food dishes outside. If you must store pet bowls outside, dump them out and replace the water several times a day. (This is also safer for your pet than allowing him or her to drink old, potentially bacteria-ridden water.) Never leave water in a dog or cat bowl overnight.
- If your recyclable materials contain aluminum cans, make sure cans are empty before you dispose of them. Even a small amount of liquid offers an attractive breeding ground not only for mosquitoes but for wildlife, pests and other unwanted bugs.
- Make sure recycling bins and other containers stored outside have drainage holes. Use an electric drill to create holes, even if the bins are stored in covered areas.
- Maintain pools and hot tubs using chlorine solution. A neglected swimming pool can be one of the worst sources of mosquitoes due to its size.
- Dispose of dead leaves, grass clippings and other foliage. Don’t keep bio-degradable materials in piles, where trapped moisture could provide enough water for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
- Indented pool and spa covers, tarps and other watertight coverings could collect pooled water. Toss them or dispose of water after every rainfall.
- Kiddie pools, water tables and water toys can also stow water that mosquitos can use to breed. Empty kid’s containers after each use and store in a clean, dry place.
- If you like birdbaths, equip them with fountains which will continuously recirculate the water. Mosquitoes can’t breed in moving water.
While you are evaluating water on your property, you may discover mysterious puddling. This could be a sign of a leak in your plumbing system or even a leak in your slab. If you come across this type of situation, make sure you call a professional plumber as soon as possible so he can determine the source of the leak and repair it before it becomes a major problem.
If you need assistance with standing water or anything related to your plumbing, in and around the San Gabriel Valley, give us a call. With us, you can expect upfront pricing; fast, free estimates; licensed, bonded and insured plumbers who are neat, polite, and well trained. We use state-of-the-art tools and equipment and are proud of the fact our services are free from hidden costs like travel charges. If you contact JB Plumbing today, 24/7, you will speak directly to a plumber instead of a telephone answering service. At JB Plumbing, we are experts in residential and commercial plumbing as well as construction. Call today to schedule an appointment. (909) 593-2194.