This week has been declared the 14th annual “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” by the American Mosquito Control Association.
Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism, with more than one million people dying from mosquito-borne diseases every year, according to the organization.
Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, they also transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to.
To kill mosquito larvae before they can become adults, use a natural biological control called B.t.i. (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) contained in products such as Mosquito Dunks and Mosquito Bits.
Place a Mosquito Dunk wherever there is standing water – in birdbaths, ponds, fountains, and even in dry areas that occasionally flood. The B.t.i. in the Mosquito Dunk will kill mosquito larvae for up to 30 days without harming other living things.
One dunk treats up to 100 sq. ft. of water surface, regardless of depth. The dunks should not be applied to treated, finished water which will be used for drinking.
The Town of Bartonville is once again providing their residents, free of charge, up to six Mosquito Dunks per household to assist in controlling the mosquito population this summer.
For the rest of us, a six-pack of Mosquito Dunks sells for about $10 at local garden centers.
Bartonville residents can pick up their free dunks at Town Hall during regular business hours – Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – and should bring proof of residency.