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Mosquitoes invade Cannon

 

U.S. Air Force graphic: Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi

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Pest Management Office

Spring and early summer rains brought out the local mosquito population in force at Cannon Air Force Base — and no one likes to hear that buzzing noise followed by a bite on the back of the neck. Luckily, there are many options available to help combat mosquitoes around Cannon’s residences and work centers.

Here a few quick tips for bringing the fight to the mosquitoes this summer at Cannon:

1. Mosquitoes can breed in any type of standing water. To combat reproduction, remove all standing water around homes and offices; focus on garbage containers, gutters, wading pools, wheelbarrows, saucers under flower pots and bird baths. Make sure to change the water in containers at least twice a week.

2. Most species of adult mosquitoes rest during the day in tall weeds or other vegetation. Keep grass cut and landscaping tidy to deny them any rest and relaxation area.

3. Ensure windows and door screens are in good condition.

4. Mosquitoes are attracted to white light; replace outdoor lights with a yellow bug light.

5. Mosquitoes are not strong fliers, so they can be easily repelled with a fan.

6. When outdoors, use personal protection. Light-colored long-sleeve shirts and pants are recommended.

7. When choosing a repellent, look for a product that has around 30 percent Diethyl-meta-toluamide, or DEET.

Some products that claim to provide relief from mosquitoes are not actually very effective. Citronella candles and mosquito coils may be effective if used in windless conditions, but Cannon is seldom without wind. Bug zappers attract the “big game” insects such as moths and beetles, but they have little impact on mosquitoes.

Remembering to remove standing water and maintain lawns and residences will aid in winning the war on mosquitoes. Finally, apply DEET to exposed skin and remember that any DEET content over 30 percent is not any more effective.

Call the Pest Management Office at (575) 784-7470 with any questions.

 
 

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