Early fall is still peak season for EEE and West Nile Virus

After feeding on birds for 5 months, mosquitoes in our area are now most likely to carry Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) or West Nile Virus (WNV).

EEE and WNV are the only two human diseases transmitted by mosquitoes here in Rhode Island. Both originate from our local bird population. Mosquitoes acquire these diseases from birds and can then transmit them to humans. EEE has a very high human mortality but is very rare. WNV has a very low human mortality but has become prevalent in all of our towns and cities since its establishment in Rhode Island in 2000.

The most effective way to reduce the risk of acquiring EEE and WNV is to reduce exposure to mosquitoes. Mosquitoes who bite are more prevalent at dawn and dusk. So, minimize outdoor activities at these times. Wearing protective clothing and using repellents containing DEET will also reduce risk. Finally, it is important to make sure your doors and windows have functioning screens, and you should prevent stagnant water from collecting around the home.

Are mosquitoes still rendering your backyard uninhabitable? Debug can help. We utilize a monthly protection plan to rid your yard of adult mosquitoes and their larvae. This plan runs from May-October, and each application can give you four weeks of relief.

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Bonus Blog Article

A Simple, No Kill, Mouse Trap

I just saw my first mouse of the year making its way into my shed. I don’t mind them in the shed, but they can never take my home! 

If you do see or hear mice in your home this winter, try this simple mouse trap idea found on reddit.

Materials

  1. Bucket
  2. Spoon & Knife
  3. Peanut Butter

Instructions

  1. Dab a little peanut butter on the handles of silverware
  2. Balance silverware on countertop
  3. Place bucket underneath silverware
  4. Wait a night
  5. Wake up
  6. Take mice and displace them in a forest or field far away from your house and other homes

The mice will try to climb out to the end of the spoon to feast on the peanut butter, but will fall into the bucket with the spoon.

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