• 82°

Get rid of standing water to cut down on mosquitoes

SALISBURY — Warmer temperatures and heavy rains will lead to increased mosquito activity over the next week according to Dr. Mike Waldvogal, Extension entomologist with N.C. State University. Before people start planning their insecticidal sprays on these biting menaces, they can reduce their populations considerably simply by reducing their areas of breeding.
The Asian tiger mosquito is the most common pest which takes advantage of water-filled objects as breeding sites. Now is an opportune time to correct problems before you start hearing that familiar buzz of mosquitoes in your ear when you’re sitting outdoors in the evening. Below are a few remedies that will help reduce mosquito populations:
• Empty or (preferably) get rid of those objects that collect water — old cans, tires and trash cans missing their lids.
• Put fresh water in bird baths and pet water bowls.
• Remove debris from your gutters and make sure water runs freely through them. And make sure rainwater doesn’t just splash and pool at the end of the downspout. Make sure it drains out into your yard.
• Drainage ditches on your property are the perfect breeding areas for mosquitoes. Clear those of debris and vegetation so that they don’t impound water and let it stagnate.
• If you’re going to collect rainwater to save for watering your gardens, make sure you have a screen over the top to keep out debris and mosquitoes that are hunting for a good place to lay eggs.
• Pass along these suggestions to your neighbors as well because mosquito control takes a community effort to truly succeed.
You can find these details and more information about mosquito control on the N.C. State University website: http://insects.ncsu.edu/Urban/mosquito.htm

Darrell Blackwelder is Rowan County’s Extension Director. Call 704-216-8970.
www.rowanmastergardener.com

rowan.ces.ncsu.edu
www.rowanextension.com

Comments

Comments closed.

Coronavirus

As COVID-19 cases wane, vaccine-lagging areas still at risk

Crime

Blotter: Man faces litany of charges for fleeing sheriff’s deputies

Granite Quarry

‘Race to the Dan’ brings Revolutionary War back to Rowan

Local

‘Unity in the Community’ event brings together Salisbury Police, NAACP

BREAKING NEWS

One killed, two others shot on South Jackson Street in Salisbury

Crime

State examining Davidson County emergency alert received in Rowan, other counties

Local

Cleveland Rodeo packs house for 10th year

News

Salisbury’s Jacques Belliveau talks mental health, filming during premiere of ‘Reggie: A Millennial Depression Comedy’

News

Sen. Ford backs new set of election-related bills

Business

Downtown Salisbury bullish on potential for more residential space

Business

Biz Roundup: Wine about Winter set for June 18

Business

Local artists draw in adventurous travelers with eclectic Airbnb rental downtown

Education

Commissioners discussing reviving joint capital project committee with school board

Business

Beech-Nut Stage One cereal recalled

Lifestyle

‘All Critters Big and Small’ program coming to library

Kannapolis

Area Sports Briefs: Former A.L. Brown standout Cambrea Sturgis wins two sprint events

Education

RSS administration to recommend return to five-day school week

College

Baseball notebook: Wingate wins national championship; high schools set sights on playoffs

Local

Gene Seaford gets fifth career ace at age 90

Education

Livingstone seeking nominees for inaugural ‘Forty Under 40’ Society

Business

‘Stopping that cycle’: Edman named director of Prevent Child Abuse Rowan

Nation/World

Biden urges G-7 leaders to call out and compete with China

Nation/World

Rash of mass shootings stirs US fears heading into summer

Landis

Landis town staff, Duke Energy work through the night to fix major power outage