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How to Deal with Unwanted Pests Brought On By Warmer Weather

Local experts, the Mosquito Squad, provide tips on how to keep your property mosquito-free this spring and summer.

With this spring’s early, unseasonably warm weather, comes the early arrival of unwanted visitors: mosquitoes.

The experts at Mosquito Squad, the nation’s largest mosquito elimination firm, are teaching Americans how to take back their yards with a few simple tips. By reducing or eliminating the mosquito populations in their yards, homeowners will expand enjoyment of their outdoor living spaces while reducing the chance of becoming ill from disease-bearing mosquitoes.

Susan Elisha of Mosquito Squad of Alpharetta, which serves Roswell, recommends homeowners remember the following five tips for mosquito control:

  1. TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs.
  2. TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.
  3. TURN. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
  4. REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
  5. 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. Mosquito Squad’s eliminates up to 90 percent of the mosquitoes on a property.

While generally a nuisance, mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 300,000 Americans have been sickened with West Nile Virus since it arrived in the U.S. 11 years ago.

For more information, visit http://www.mosquitosquad.com.

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