Chris' Corner: Protect yourself from West Nile virus

Protect yourself from West Nile virus

Protect yourself from West Nile virus (WNv)

Multiple sources have predicted that the mild Winter of 2011/2012 will result in higher insct populations this Summer 2012.

You can, proactively, reduce your risk of exposure to WNv by reducing standing pools of water (where mosquitoes like to breed).

Remember to drain water from containers, tires, wading pools, wheel barrows and other items in your yard where standing water might collect.
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Put screens on Rain Barrels, Change water regularly in Bird Baths (at least weekly).

If you have a pond, whether a small man-made water feature or a large natural pond, consider attracting or adding natural mosquito larva predators rather than larvacides and other chemicals to kill the mosquito larva.

Natural Mosquito predators include:

Mosquito fish
Gambusia Affinis (known as the Mosquito fish) - very efficient natural predator of mosquito larvae. If you consider this fish, research and ensure that this fish will not enter the eco-system as it can harm local aquatic vegetation and fish populations. This fish has been added to pools of stagnant water in various parts of the world and has been thought to reduce and/or eradicate instances of malaria.

GoldfishJapanese Carp
Goldfish, Carp, Koi - will also effectively reduce mosquito larvae populations in ponds.

Dragonfly Larva
Dragonflies - consumes mosquitoes as adults and mosquito larvae in the larval stage
Damselflies -
consumes mosquitoes as adults and mosquito larvae in the larval stage
Bats - will consume adult mosquitoes (among other flying insects), but not enough to control mosquito populations
Purple Martin - mosquitoes are thought to be only 0-3% of their diet
Frogs, Toads, and Tadpoles - larger tadpoles might consume mosquito larvae, will consume mosquitoes, but will not control mosquito populations.

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Comment balloon 20 commentsChris Smith • May 21 2012 06:49AM

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I much prefer to have bats and dragonflies to mosquitoes in my yard. . 

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 8 years ago
Thanks Chris for the heads up. Getting rid of those standing pools of water is key.
Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) about 8 years ago

We have plenty of frogs, bats and dragonflies in are yard, Fernando.  I want to add a free-standing water feature and will consider mosquito fish.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

David, I walked through our yard this morning emptying or flushing out standing water.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Chris:  GREAT post with some valuable info within it, especially given the winter most of us had in Northern America.  Definitely re-blogging.  And "suggested" too ...

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 8 years ago

Last week I was showing a home that had a pool and spa that had not been attended to and was growing mosquitoes.

Posted by Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team (Elite Home Sales Team OC) about 8 years ago

Very good advice for home owners.  I will share your post on my Facebook page.

Have a most productive week!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 8 years ago

Great post Chris and such great resources to keep in mind. We always try to make sure there is no standing water for very long, we empty the kids pool frequently to avoid this. It can be a deadly virus if caught and especially not realized until too late.

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) about 8 years ago

Thanks for the warning Chris! It has been so hot this weekend, we can't keep water in the bird bath! Having a problem with the wasps hanging around already too!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Chris,

I'm glad I saw that Peggy and Al re-blogged your post. I found it to be very helpful. As I said to Al and Peggy Cunningham, weather can change everything!

A million thanks and definitely suggested!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 8 years ago

Howdy and evening Chris

Chris my friend, this here sure is a outstanding blog post on Protect yourself from West Nile Virus. It sure is a mighty nasty virus to get. The Mosquitoes sure have gotten started here.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 8 years ago

Chris - our municipality used to spray for mosquitoes, and still do in some ares, but our neighbourhood requested they stop. ..... It's hard to be sure but we feel it has not made a lot of difference as the numbers did to seem to increase that much.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Thanks so much for this information Chris.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) about 8 years ago

Thank You Gene, Hope there was information here that was helpful

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Mark, mosquitoes will find standing water quickly and breed.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Great Roy, home the information reminds people to reduce the number of places mosquitoes can breed

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Great Tammy, we all need to do these things.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

It was a great weekend, wasn't it Al and Peggy.  Hope Laura had a great Birthday =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Patricia, the weather this year is creating a bumper crop of insects

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Valerie... me too.  If I am anywhere near you, you will be safe from mosquito bites ;-)

I wonder if wearing dragonfly clothes will scare them away?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

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