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The Impact Of Floods On Communicable Disease Via Vector Habits

by on Jul.28, 2012, under Mosquito Control

Floods don’t just kill because of high waters; they also raise the risk of communicable disease including Malaria, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever and the West Nile Virus. Mosquito control experts say that this is because floodwaters can lead to an increase in the range of vector habitats. Stagnant waters that frequently accompany a heavy rain or lake overflow provide mosquitoes with an ideal breeding area.

Flooding not only exposes the population of a disaster area to the chance of mosquito-borne illness, they also place rescue workers at risk of contracting deadly diseases like Malaria, Dengue Fever and West Nile Fever. Sadly, the risk increases about 6 to 8 weeks after the initial catastrophe, when everyone is beginning to get their lives back on track. The original mosquito larvae are washed away during the flood, but enormous populations of mosquitoes are attracted to the pooled water that remains. Therefore, it’s highly recommended that rescue workers take immediate steps to show residents of the area how to get rid of mosquitoes effectively to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illness.

Outbreaks of mosquito-related sickness increase significantly when complicating factors like lifestyle changes of humans (e.g. sleeping out of doors, overcrowding and a lack of anti mosquito procedures) occur. Other factors that affect mosquito control include changes in the habitat of a locale like landslides or deforestation.

Preventative Measures To Reduce The Risk Of Disease Transmission

One of the first steps is to ensure that drinking water is potable, which can be accomplished by adding chlorine to the water supply. This is the most important preventative step to take after a flood, and will greatly reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Mosquito prevention can be accomplished by using an insecticide that’s designed to kill mosquitoes. Keep in mind that flooding will not usually result in an immediate surge in the amount of mosquitoes in the area. They come in 6 to 8 weeks. Therefore, preventative measures should begin as quickly as possible. It’s also wise to stock up on the best mosquito repellent available to repel any that survive the residual spraying.

If a Malaria epidemic begins, it’s crucial that health care that’s easily accessible and affordable is available to all citizens. Healthcare workers will want to initiate an active search for cases of fever so that the mortality rate in remote areas is managed.

Mosquito nets, catchers and pesticides should all be distributed to areas where mosquito populations are high. It’s important to remember to educate people on how to use each of these pest control products as they’re distributed, so that those in need understand their proper usage and the limitations of each item.

Although mosquito control experts say that it’s not necessary or recommended to immunize masses of people for Hepatitis A, high risk groups like those who manage sewage areas, waste water and drinking water should be vaccinated.

Above all, quality health education and insect management should be affected at all stages of flood rescue and recovery. It’s crucial that proper hygiene practices are followed and that early diagnosis of mosquito-borne illness is made. In the case of Malaria, experts recommend that treatment begin within 24 hours after the initial onset of fever. Drinking water must always be chlorinated or boiled before consuming and proper food preparation techniques should be followed at all times.

If there are mass deaths because of flooding or mosquito-borne disease, it’s important to follow a few simple rules to prevent contamination from corpses:

  • Disposable gloves should be used when handling dead bodies.
  • Proper hand washing techniques should always be followed.
  • Drinking water should always remain at least 30 meters away from burial areas.
  • All equipment should be disinfected immediately after use.
  • Universal precautions for bodily fluids must be utilized at all times.

The terrible thing about floods is that the damage doesn’t end once the flood is over. Floodwaters can bring mosquitoes and other insects that all carry a variety of diseases. Immediately deciding how to get rid of flies, mosquitoes and other pests that carry illnesses should be one of the first steps taken after any natural disaster to make sure that illness doesn’t affect the survivors. Pest populations can cause a catastrophe more severe than the original flooding, so it’s wise to keep these tips in mind.

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What Do Mosquitoes Fear Most? Understanding The Mosquitoes Life Cycle Is Half The Battle In Preventing Their Reproducing Success.

by on May.10, 2011, under Mosquito Control

From May to September, when it’s nice and warm, that’s the time for outdoor fun. Sports, riding, picnics, what-have-you. However, the outdoors and warm weather are associated with one of the most trying and, potentially dangerous nuisances known to humanity. Mosquitoes. Oh sure, there are mosquito traps and repellents available, but, what about our poor companion animals & pets? Cats, dogs, horses, livestock, they’re all plagued by mosquito bites and they can’t throw up a wall of screen doors or slather on the mosquito repellent to keep them at bay.

Consider people who dream of living in the United States, where our local municipalities consistently enforce rigorous mosquito control measures. Without these professional exterminators, mosquito populations could easily explode. Consider that outside the U.S., malaria-transmitting mosquitoes kill upwards of three million people per year, while infecting another two hundred million annually. 10’s of millions more are left debilitated by a bevy of mosquito borne illnesses, namely encephalitis, filariasis and dengue and yellow fever. In fact, diseases spread by mosquitoes are responsible for ending more human lives than all the known, recorded wars throughout history. Often, when confronted with a mosquito outbreak, a mosquito net or toxic insecticide is the only thing standing between someone and an excruciating demise.

In the U.S., West Nile Virus remains a serious concern as we have yet to develop a vaccine against it to protect humans, cats or dogs. Horses are fortunate in that a vaccine has been already been developed for them.

Even without the risk of deadly infections, mosquito bites are unbelievably irritating and sometimes, downright painful. Who needs the annoyance? So, understanding what attracts and drives mosquito reproduction can give you an unbelievable edge in the do it yourself pest control, department. Believe it or not, mosquitoes require fairly exacting specifications to breed successfully. First off, you’ve got to identify and wipe-out all surrounding elements conducive to mosquito reproduction. Truly understanding pest control products and maintaining disciplined mosquito-fighting routines can do a great deal in helping you win the war against mosquitoes.

Mosquito species fall into two general categories. Within the hundreds of mosquito species known throughout the United States, you have A. Semi-Permanent Mosquitoes and B. Floodwater Mosquitoes. Semi-Permanent Mosquitoes prefer established water bodies such as marshes, stock tanks and ponds. Floodwater Mosquitoes breed wherever there are intermittent water pools. Ditches, catch basins, gullies and any other uncontrolled flooding allowed to flourish for more than three days create conditions favorable to these species.

Floodwater Mosquitoes require three days at ideal temperatures ranging from 80 to 90F, to become adults. One of the biggest, recent havens for these creatures has been abandoned swimming pools found in foreclosed homes. These water bodies fit perfectly with the Mosquitoes desire to breed in relatively quiet waters.

Mosquito bites experienced during daytime usually point to Floodwater mosquitoes exploiting temporary, nearby water holes. On the other hand, if you find yourself being attacked primarily during sunrise or dusk, your problem is probably Semi-Permanent Mosquitoes reproducing in local standing water bodies. Floodwater Mosquitoes are capable of traveling long distances, using the breeze for a free ride. They search for CO2 trails being emitted by animals such as horses, cows and dogs. Semi-Permanent Mosquitoes are far less adventurous, rarely traveling more than one quarter mile from wherever they’re breeding. Once you’ve determined that Semi-Permanent Mosquitoes are, in fact, the culprit, it’s time to put on your sleuthing hat and take action.

Aggressive mosquito prevention begins with the elimination of any standing waters found nearby. The process must be repeated every three days. You can also use products containing S-Methoprene, a known Insect Growth Regulator. This chemical inhibits mosquitoes from developing, while being completely safe for mammals, birds & fishes. You can also plop in some Mosquito-Eating fish. These fish eat roughly 100-500 mosquito larvae per day and play an extremely important role in the control of mosquitoes in irrigated fields, canals, ponds and some other freshwater sources. Blue Birds, another recognized mosquito eater, are also very popular organic exterminators. So, add Blue Bird houses around your property to encourage their presence.

Consistent elimination of brackish water allowed to collect and sit, anywhere on your property, should be your first consideration. Mosquitoes only need a few precious ounces to generate 100’s, if not 1,000’s of new adult mosquitoes. A feed bucket left out in the rain could become ground zero for an unbelievable mosquito infestation. Semi-weekly sweeps of your property, checking for faulty pipes, leaking outdoor faucets or torn hoses should become part and parcel of your maintenance routine. Consider reconfiguring any landscaping where rainwater or seepage tends to collect. And, seriously consider purchasing a battery of heavy-duty fans. Consistently running these fans should discourage the mosquitoes away from your neck of the woods.

Properly maintained yards, lawns and fields are another important issue. Mosquitoes find tall grasses very inviting, especially during the heat of day. And, if you’ve got any ponds, lakes or streams on your property, seriously consider eliminating any tall grasses growing near the shoreline. These are a favorite resting spot for mosquitoes, cool and yet subject to little movement.

Flood irrigating fields is a surprisingly major catalyst in mosquito reproduction. This is because over-watered fields often have water pools that can take up to a week to drain. Tamp your water usage down by approximately one third to discourage mosquitoes and conserve water. Consider installing more sophisticated drainage into your livestock’s water troughs. Simply tossing dirty trough water on the ground can create a breeding haven for mosquitoes, especially if it’s tossed on manure. You may also wish to introduce S-Methoprene into your drinking troughs. This ingenious bacteria will kill the mosquito larvae while leaving your livestock completely safe and sound.

Tell your family to use the mosquito repellent freely and to wear white or light clothing and head wear to discourage mosquito bites. Lighter clothing, a natural mosquito repellent, works by confusing the mosquitoes into thinking you aren’t a mammal. Truly mastering how to get rid of mosquitoes should help your family & animals enjoy a much better summer season. For more information, contact your local mosquito control department.

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