Photo: USDA/ARS You can often reduce your exposure to mosquitoes by getting rid of standing water in your yard and neighborhood.Mosquitoes must have water for their larvae and pupae to develop. By emptying and removing containers that will hold water (buckets, tires, tarps, boats, etc.), you can significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes being produced on your premises.Gutters, Tree HolesMosquitoes can also develop in gutters that become clogged and hold water. Change the water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet dishes every 3-4 days. Fill or grade out puddles, ditches and swampy areas so they don’t hold water long.There are even mosquito species that develop in tree holes. So fill tree holes with sand or mortar.An important, but often forgotten, first barrier against mosquitoes are the screens on doors and windows. It’s important to properly maintain screens, considering the widespread occurrence of West Nile virus in Georgia.Screens should be made with 16- to 18-mesh wire. Screen doors should open outwards and have automatic closing mechanisms.Neat LandscapeDense vegetation provides a shaded, protected, still area where adult mosquitoes can rest during the day. So mow your yard regularly, remove weeds and trim shrubbery as short as possible.If adult mosquito populations are unavoidable, use repellents.Deet (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is the most effective and commonly used repellent in the country. Concentrations available typically range from 10 percent to 100 percent.The lower concentrations are usually effective for most activities. If you’re exposed to especially high mosquito numbers for extended times, the higher concentrations may be more appropriate.Careful With ChildrenThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that repellents for use on children up to 5 years old should contain no more than 10 percent deet. Apply the product to your own hands and then apply it to the child. Don’t let children apply it to themselves.Don’t treat the child’s face or hands, and wash off the areas you do treat after the threat of mosquito bites diminishes. As with all pesticides, it’s important to follow label instructions closely.If you have water you can’t remove that’s inhabited by mosquito larvae, you have a few readily available choices.Feed ’em DonutsMost home and garden stores carry the biological control agent, Bacillus thuringiensis var. israeliensis (Bti), in mosquito dunks, donuts or briquettes. This is very effective, yet safe to nontargets.Another product is the highly refined alcohol-based, monomolecular surface film product, Agnique (Adapco Inc., 800-367-0659). This spreads across the water surface and prevents the larvae and pupae from breathing.If adults are present and you want a temporary reprieve, you still have choices. Aerosols can be used in isolated sites, and propane or electric foggers have been reported to be very effective.Barrier BushesYou can also use barrier treatments with either permethrin or malathion. In this case, treat the vegetation surrounding the area to be protected. This targets the resting mosquitoes and those that land on the treated vegetation.Most mosquitoes can easily fly 300 to 500 feet, and many can fly much farther in search of a blood meal. So homeowners often have nuisance levels of mosquitoes that come from off their property.When this happens, it’s wise, helpful and courteous to help elderly neighbors keep their yards free from mosquito breeding and resting places. Aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin Two birds in metro Atlanta have already tested positive for West Nile virus. The findings are reminding Georgians of the importance of reducing mosquito breeding around our homes.
However, it didn’t stop CVS from installing its system. It didn’t stop installation of a new one for the firehouse, as well as three buildings at the colonoscopy center and the proposed large Stewart’s on the corner. Considering costs, be aware that $1.6 million is added to Phase II to upgrade Phase 1.Homeowners, some of whom will need grinder pumps, should be aware that the warranty is only three years. Today’s approximate cost is $3,500 to $4,000. Expect to replace them several times at who knows what cost.I live in Burnt Hills, but not in the proposed district.This very costly project is not desirable for our rural community and I recommend voting no.Carl J. ThurnauBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Concerning the new Ballston Phase II sewer project: I have carefully reviewed the project map, engineering report and attended informational meetings, town board meetings and the town health board meeting that covered the Alplaus Kill water testing.In my opinion, there doesn’t seem to be an environmental need for a sewer system. There is a desire by a few for economic development.There are about 400-500 acres of undeveloped land in 1.5 miles of Route 50 (a two-lane road). In the proposed district, that could have high-density development.In the March 15 Gazette article, Councilman William Goslin is quoted: “Businesses often cannot afford to put in septic systems,” which implies that the residents should provide a sewer system for them. read more