As we approach Summer, the threat of mosquitos grows larger. For workers, especially those who work outside or travel, mosquitoes can pose a dangerous threat. Therefore, it is important that you, and your employer, take steps to protect you against the threats mosquitos pose. While, in the United States, it is not common for mosquito-related illnesses to cause death, mosquitos are still able to make a person sick.
At Risk Workers
Because different species of mosquitos inhabit different parts of the United States, those at risk include:
- Those who travel for work
- Outdoor workers
- Healthcare workers who may be handling infected patients
- Those who work with infected samples
Each of these areas has the possibility, some higher risk than others, of contracting mild to life threatening mosquito based diseases.
Keeping Your Employees Safe
It is important that steps are taken to ensure that employees are provided a safe environment to work in. Therefore, consider the following steps to ensure that mosquitos look the other way:
- Stop mosquitos from breeding by eliminating
- properly store equipment
- remove debris (from ditches, holes, and trenches)
- remove areas that collect stagnant water (tires, buckets, barrels, bottles)
- ensure proper drainage away from worksite
- If working indoors, ensure that all doors and windows are outfitted with proper screens
- Give worker training
- the risk mosquitos pose
- symptoms of mosquito based diseases
- proper use of insecticide and repellent
- encourage workers to wear proper clothing that
covers the whole body
- in particularly bad areas, encourage workers to wear a net that covers their face
- provide repellents with an EPA registered active
ingredient (DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon, eucalyptus,
- it is vital that workers have proper training when handling repellent to avoid injury
Keeping Yourself Safe
While it is extremely important that your employer helps to maintain the office space or jobsite, it is equally important that you are able to take care of yourself as well.
- If you are provided repellents, do not be afraid
to use them
- FOLLOW LABEL INSTRUCTIONS
- Permethrin can be applied to clothing and gear
- If using skin based insect repellent, but you are also using sunscreen, apply the insect repellent first
- Wear clothing that covers the entire body and extremities (hands), and consider wearing hats that have built in nets to protect the face and neck
- Help remove stagnant water from office space or jobsite
- If you begin to encounter symptoms of a mosquito related illness, or notice a coworker experiencing similar health issues, do not hesitate to inform a supervisor and get medical attention
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, do not hesitate to reach out to us! Accurate Pest Control is certified in handling mosquito related issues and will handle the issue professionally and safely.
Winter has a habit of bringing unwanted house guests. Rats have quite the criminal history as well. Rats carry a variety of diseases and contagions that can harm you and your family. This risk of illness rises exponentially for children. Therefore it is important that steps are taken to keep them away from your home at all costs.
Crafting Your Defense!
In order to create a strong defense, one must be aware of and understand why rats may be attracted to your home in the first place. First and foremost, it is the warmth and shelter your home provides for them. The winter season is harsh for everyone, and this does not exclude rodents. Winter also brings a lack of food; however, it just so happens that your home is constantly supplied with all kinds of different foods, allowing even the pickiest rats to target your home. To deter rats from targeting your home during the winter is it important that you:
- With food and drinks left out for days, spills not cleaned, and plates not cleaned, rats will take this as an open invitation to “help” you.
- Secure Garbage Cans
- Leaving your trash can uncovered, or throwing trash bags in the alley or street with no can is not only disrespectful to your neighbors, but it is also a for sure way of attracting rats
- Easy Entry
- It is vital, not only to prevent rats, but all kinds of infestations, that easy access to the home is eliminated. Patch cracks in the walls, place fine mesh wire under porches, eliminated areas that could be utilized for nesting.
Keeping the Pests at Bay
As always, it is easier to take prevent the infestation than eliminate it once it has begun. Therefore, to eliminate a severe headache in the future, it is important to invest in a strong defense before rats become an issue. Constructing a strong defense includes:
- If there is a steady leak outside the house it is important that it is fixed as soon as possible, especially during the warmer months. Many animals will take advantage of the free drink, including unwanted ones.
- Trimming tree branches is extremely important, especially if they are close to the home. These tree branches can be used as jumping points to reach the house. Furthermore, if there are vines on the side of the house, ensure these are removed for they can be used as climbing points.
- Ensure the yard is also free of debris
- Pet Food
- Ensure that all pet food is seal away in a container made of glass or metal.
- Firewood stacks can and will be used as a shelter, therefore, ensure that it is far away from the home.
Now armed with a strong defensive, act! Following these steps in this guide will help you protect yourself and your family from disease and other illness that rats carry. If you are worried that you may have an infestation or have questions, call Accurate Pest Control! Your pest issues are our pest issues, and we will handle the situation without putting you or your family at risk!