Mosquitoes are out in full force during the heat of summer. The CDC reports that as of May 10, 2017, 5,238 cases of Zika have been reported in the U.S. and 223 were presumed to have been acquired locally. While the Zika Virus is a growing concern, the fact is that West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, and Encephalitis are all reasons you should seek protection from mosquitoes. Besides ruining a day in your yard, certain mosquitoes can transmit any one of these viruses.
The female mosquito needs blood to produce eggs. In the fall, male mosquitoes die and the females hide in protected places during cold weather. It is a good idea to clean up leaves, debris, and logs out of your yard and caulk your home in the fall. Eliminating standing water is key, as this is what the females need to lay eggs. Yeagers has Mosquito Dunks that can be used to kill larvae in standing water such as fountains, birdbaths, barrels, and ditches. These products are toxic only to mosquitoes and last 30 days. A 2 pk. of dunks is $6.97 and a 6 pk. is $9.99.