Now That West Nile Has Arrived in St. Louis, How Do We Protect Ourselves?

Most of us in the Greater St. Louis Area are aware that is was reported earlier this week that the West Nile Virus has been found in area mosquitoes. Now that it is confirmed to be present, what are your options for preventing West Nile? What is the best mosquito defense tactic?

Mosquito Basics

mosquito-preventionThere are steps you can take each year to reduce the likelihood that your yard will become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The number one way to reduce mosquitoes breeding in your yard is to vigilantly remove all traces of standing water. Some are easy to spot, such as pools and birdbaths. But since mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a capful of water, some of the other breeding spots may not be as obvious. Pay close attention to water collecting in or on trash cans, tarps covering yard machinery, gutters, old tires, plastic bags, and even discarded water bottle caps. If you have water features as part of your landscaping, safety measures would include changing water weekly (in the case of something small like a birdbath) and/or installing a fountain pump for larger water features, such as a pond or pool. The circulation that a fountain pump provides reduces water stagnation, thereby reducing the likelihood of mosquitoes breeding in your yard.

A general rule of thumb for avoiding feeding time for mosquitoes is to avoid being outside at dawn, dusk, and early evening. If you must be out, it is wise to wear a shirt with long sleeves, pants, and a hat. And of course, insect repellent is a must!

Mosquito Defense Tactics

west-nile-mosquito-treatmentGiven that West Nile is here, many people wonder if removing standing water will prevent mosquitoes in their yards. Unfortunately, doing so can only reduce the likelihood that mosquitoes will be present in your yard.

Your greatest chance for safely enjoying your yard is monthly mosquito sprays now through October. It is important to have professional-grade products applied by licensed mosquito exterminators if your goal is to kill mosquito eggs, larvae, and adults. Treatment efficacy is lessened over time by heat and by rain, which necessitates a monthly re-application. The great news is that using Holper’s targeted treatment approach can reduce your mosquito population by up to 97%! While preventing West Nile is impossible, this mosquito defense tactic is your best bet to significantly lower your odds.

Holper’s Protects and Serves

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been taking care of St. Louis area families for over three decades! Whether your pest is an insect, a spider, or nuisance wildlife, Holper’s takes care of it all. If you want to prevent your likelihood of West Nile-carrying mosquitoes, or just want to be outside without worrying about mosquitoes using you for dinner, Holper’s mosquito yard treatments are the solution to your pest problem. One call to 314-732-1413 is the first step to reclaiming your yard from mosquitoes!