According to Webster, a vector is “an organism, typically a biting insect or tick, that transmits a disease or parasite from one animal or plant to another.”
According to Santa Clara County Vector Control, Asian tiger mosquitos are aggressive day feeders that can transmit encephalitis, dengue fever, yellow fever, and West Nile virus, while yellow fever mosquitos can infect you with, you guessed it, yellow fever. These diseases can be fatal, so please take a few minutes each day to look for ANY amount of standing water on your property. All these critters need is a tablespoon of water to create a breeding ground. It is a good idea to use outdoor pet watering bowls to water your plants or yard each day, and provide your pets with fresh water sans mosquito eggs. Also, make sure that lawn decorations, planter saucers, and even lawn furniture doesn’t provide these potentially deadly insects with a useful habitat.
Mosquito dunks and mosquitofish can be used in ponds, fountains, rain barrels, and bird baths to prevent the spread of these invasive insects.
You can grow a surprising amount of food in your own yard. Ask me how!
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