By Matt Guyette
Mosquito Season is Here – Public Urged to Take Precautions
Warmer weather is finally here and southern New England residents are no doubt spending more time outdoors. However, with increased outdoor activity, the public is at risk of becoming a meal for summer’s most dangerous and pesky pest – the mosquito. As such, Braman Termite and Pest Elimination, a pest management company servicing southern New England, is urging the public to take preventative measures to protect themselves and their families. “Mosquitoes are emerging across the country due to recent rainfall and an increase in temperatures,” said Jerry Lazarus, third-generation owner of Braman Termite and Pest Elimination “With the threat of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, it’s important for people to take the necessary precautions to prevent mosquito bites when spending time outdoors in the coming months.” The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, offers the following tips to avoid becoming a mosquito meal:
- Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects. Improperly pitched gutters are frequent breeding sources. Mosquitoes need only about a ½ inch of water to breed.
- Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or hole.
- Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If you must be outside during those times, consider staying inside a screened-in porch or dressing in clothing that leaves very little exposed skin.
- Avoid wearing dark colors, loose-fitting garments, and open-toe shoes.
- Always use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors or traveling, especially in areas known to have increased mosquito populations.
Diethyl-meta-toluamide, also called DEET (/diːt/) or diethyltoluamide, is a slightly yellow oil. It is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents. It is intended to be applied to the skin or to clothing, and provides protection against mosquitos, ticks, fleas, chiggers, leeches, and many other biting insects.
“The Adopt-a-Highway program, also known as Sponsor-a-Highway, is a promotional campaign undertaken by U.S. states, provinces and territories of Canada, in addition to national governments outside North America to encourage volunteers to keep a section of a highway free from litter. In exchange for regular litter removal, an organization is allowed to have its name posted on a sign in the section of the highways they maintain.”
Chesco is involved with this program. We are responsible for a section of Route 10 leading up to the Gilsum town line, and a sign credits Chesco for litter removal. We collected 27 bags of trash our first time out and we will go 3 more times this year. There are many volunteers from Chesco who participate; it is fun and it feels great to help improve our community!
Keene Public Library
Beginning May 30, 2015, and continuing through the summer, the library will be closing at 1 pm on Saturdays. Saturday open hours through September 5, 2015, are 9 am – 1 pm. On September 12 we will resume our regular 9 am -5 pm Saturday hours.
Summer Precautions Against Ticks
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seven varieties of ticks in the United States transmit diseases to humans. It’s important when you are out this summer that you take a few precautions: 1) Avoid contact with ticks. Use a repellent and wear light colored clothes. 2) While bathing and showering check carefully for ticks. 3) Immediately remove ticks with a pair of tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the surface of your skin as possible. 4) Watch for symptoms of tick-borne diseases. Symptoms include fever, aches and pains, chills, and can sometimes be followed by a rash. Should you experience any of these symptoms you should contact your physician immediately.