Healthy Living: Protecting your home from mosquitoes
Mosquitoes aren't just an annoyance, they can cause a public health problem. Casey Bortnick has a look at some ways to protect your home.
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Just the buzzing sound in your is enough to make a warm summer night unbearable.
"When you can feel your skin crawling from the bites you want just flee," said Anne Cormier, home owner.
Tired of being driven inside, Anne Cormier decided it was time to take action. Anne called in the Mosquito Squad.
"This year it happens to be really bad because we had a very mild winter," said Joe Koval, Mosquito Squad.
Joe Koval brought the franchise here this year and says business is already booming.
"It's been going really well," said Koval.
More mosquitoes aren't just an annoyance, they can cause a public health problem. The West Nile Virus started to show up in upstate New York in the late 1990s. Spread by mosquitoes, West Nile can appear as anything from flu like symptoms to something more serious. Doctors say it's hard to track.
"For every five infections, only one is clinically significant. So only one in every five patients actually feel symptoms," said Dr. Alexandra Yamshchikov.
Before you call the Mosquito Squad, there are some simple things you can do around your home to keep mosquitoes under control. Experts call them the “five T's.”
"Well tilt. Tilt anything in your yard that's going to collect water, toss any old leaves or grass clippings," said Koval.
Turn over things like kiddie pools.
"De-tarp. Tarps are a big collector of water on the top," said Koval.
And if the first four T's don't work, there's one more: “treat.”
The Mosquito Squad uses two different kinds of repellent: a traditional and all natural product.
"It's a very strong derivative of garlic," explained Koval.
This compound irritates a mosquito's strong sense of smell. One treatment can keep mosquitoes away for as long as three weeks.
"Our products are 85 to 90 percent effective," Koval said.
At $49 a half acre, Anne hopes it's money well spent.
"Why change my lifestyle because of the bugs,” said Cormier.