GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Summertime is meant to be spent outdoors enjoying the nice warm weather, and often those itchy mosquitos come to disturb our time. The Grand River Mosquito Control District (GRMCD) provides some recommendations to assist you to fight off those greedy selfish insects in honor of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 19–June 25, 2022).
Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, exposed skin, and dark clothing. It’s crucial to remember the three D’s when combating a bite: drain, dress, and defend. Mosquitoes need water to reproduce, and they may reproduce in little amounts. Items that can gather water should be disposed of. Drill holes in the bottom of recycle containers, clean roof gutters of debris, inspect and empty children’s toys, repair leaking outdoor faucets, and get rid of old tires hanging around since water gathers inside and can produce hundreds of mosquitoes.
“This year we started seeing mosquito activity about 3 weeks ahead of schedule. It’s important to eliminate their breeding source. Survey your own property frequently for water sources and encourage your neighbors to also eliminate sources on their property. Mosquitoes require water to complete their life cycle. If their water source is eliminated, so are their offspring,” says Tim Moore, District Manager of GRMCD.
Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing if you must be outside when mosquitoes are active. Mosquitoes are more attracted to dark clothing, according to research, and they may be able to bite through tight-fitting clothing. It’s also a good idea to use a mosquito repellent on your skin and clothing. Repellents containing 10-30% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 work well.
The Grand Valley Mosquito Control District (GRMCD) is working to keep the mosquito population under control. They take care of around 2500 private properties, 10,000 breeding locations, and public open areas.
Visit www.fightthebitegj.com. for more information about the GRMCD and battling the bite.