Mosq. / Fly Facts

Other than it’s fun to use and get revenge on biting, stinging, and annoying bugs feels great, below are some more consequential reasons to own the Zap Racket™

FLIES AND MOSQUITOES

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A FLY LANDS ON YOUR FOOD

this_is_what_happensPrize winning poster, Health Education Council

Domestic flies, often called “Filth Flies,” are not only a nuisance by their presence, but are important from a human and animal health standpoint. House flies may spread diseases such as conjunctivitis, poliomyelitis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, anthrax, leprosy, cholera, diarrhea and dysentery. They may serve as intermediate hosts for parasitic tapeworms on poultry or parasitic roundworms on horses.

 

Note:  The first and last photos in the Fly gallery are taken from Telegraph.co.uk from the gallery:

Creepy crawlies: Amazing Scanning Electron Microscope pictures of insects and spiders

Take a look and maybe you’ll change your perspective on insects or maybe it will give you the shudders. See our Links page for details. On to mosquitoes:

Mosquito bites can cause severe skin irritation through an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva – this is what causes the red bump and itching. But a more serious consequence of some mosquito bites may be transmission of certain serious diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and several forms of encephalitis, including West Nile virus. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases which afflict humans, but they also can transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to. These include dog heart worms and eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

There are about 200 different species of mosquitoes in the United States.  Keep reading for information on mosquito control.

Mosquito Control

Take the following steps to prevent mosquito breeding on your property:

  1. Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns or in pet dishes for more than 2 days.

  2. Clean debris from rain gutters and remove any standing water under or around structures, or on flat roofs. Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks or eliminate puddles that remain for several days.

  3. Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week and stock ornamental pools with top feeding predacious minnows. Known as mosquito fish, these minnows are about 1 – 1-1/2 inches in length and can be purchased or native fish can be seined from streams and creeks locally. Ornamental pools may be treated with biorational larvicides [ Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti) or S-methoprene (IGR) containing products] under certain circumstances.

  4. Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas, and either remove, drain or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar. These areas may be treated with Bti or methoprene products also.

  5. Eliminate seepage from cisterns, cesspools, and septic tanks.

  6. Eliminate standing water around animal watering troughs. Flush livestock water troughs twice a week.

  7. Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats, pools, etc. Arrange the tarp to drain the water.

  8. Check around construction sites or do-it-yourself improvements to ensure that proper backfilling and grading prevent drainage problems.

  9. Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.

  10. If ditches do not flow and contain stagnant water for one week or longer, they can produce large numbers of mosquitoes. Report such conditions to a Mosquito Control or Public Health Office. Do not attempt to clear these ditches because they may be protected by wetland regulations.