Summer is here in the high country! Weekends of camping, hiking, days at the lake, and with the fourth of July just around the corner the last thing on your mind might be pesky mosquitoes, but for Teton County Weed & Pest, we have been hard at work trying to mitigate and minimize the 2018 mosquito season. Based on the statistics collected so far this year, the summer 2018 season is fairly similar to last year. Teton County’s flood water mosquito species have hatched and TCWP has been out treating larvae throughout the county.
National Mosquito Awareness Week
Every year a week at the end of June is dedicated to National Mosquito Awareness Week (June 24-30, 2018), by the the American Mosquito Control Association, to further education about the significance of mosquitoes in our daily lives and the work done by control workers nationwide. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can spread diseases such as Zika and West Nile Virus. “We already have the mosquitoes. We are continually importing the diseases they carry,” said Joseph Conlon, AMCA Technical Advisor. “We must be prepared to prevent their spread throughout our public health landscape – and this requires safe, effective, sustained mosquito control and awareness in the community.” Joseph Conlon, AMCA Technical Advisor.
Here in Teton County, we may not have as of an intense mosquito season or the disease prevalence, as other areas of the country but that doesn’t mean there are not precautions and prevention efforts you can put in place to help combat mosquitoes and further the quest to greatly minimize their impact year-over-year.
Here are our top suggestions to implement:
- As you head out to enjoy the fantastic evening events in Jackson throughout the summer, dress appropriately with long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Purchase and utilize approved repellents. There are countless kinds of mosquito repellents available at local stores, but only a few are actually recommended, check these guidelines for top choices.
- Contact TCWP! Whether you are looking for more info or you know your property typically has mosquitoes, TCWP offers free mosquito services. We can check and treat any property for mosquito breeding and monitor adult populations. When and if possible, t’s best to call before you see adult mosquitoes as treatment is most effective on larvae.
- West Nile Virus (WNV) is present throughout Wyoming. TCWP does in-house testing of mosquitoes and we encourage the public to report any dead crows, ravens, or magpies so that they can be tested for WNV.
- More info from American Mosquito Control Association on what you can do to help Teton County.
Check out our Mosquito webpage or contact Teton County Weed & Pest with any and all questions related to mosquitoes.