|[May 07, 2014]
Health District's New Campaign Encourages Residents to Face Seasonal Pests Head On
SPOKANE, Wash. --(Business Wire)--
As warmer weather arrives in many areas, residents continue their spring
cleaning rituals. And as communities emerge to spruce up lawns, get the
yard tools out of the shed, and open up lake places and cabins, Spokane
Regional Health District's (SRHD) Environmental Health division is
taking the opportunity to launch a prevention campaign aimed at reducing
the activity of spring and summer pests.
The centerpiece of SRHD's Bring
It, Summer Pests! campaign is a variety of colorful backyard
illustrations that show homeowners simple preventive measures they can
take to warn disease-carrying mosquitoes, ticks and mice that they are
not invited to the spring and summer fun. Using the campaign's simple
lndscaping tricks and following its tips to protect the home's
exterior, residents now have a useful weapon in confronting these pests
and their associated diseases.
Specific to mosquitoes, which are known to carry West Nile virus, the
campaign emphasizes draining and routinely emptying anything outside the
home that holds water, as standing water can act as a breeding site.
When it comes to ticks, which caused cases of relapsing fever, Lyme
disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Washington state in the
past, Bring It, Summer Pests! emphasizes avoiding or controlling
leaf litter and high grass outside the home. Ticks also find their way
into homes and cabins on the coattails of mice, a pest that the campaign
also accounts for.
To avoid contact with potentially-infectious mice that also spread
hantaviruses, the campaign gives visual tips for controlling items near
the home that could attract mice like trash, compost, birdfeeders, pet
And since reducing the activity of these pests isn't just about
prevention in the backyard, the campaign also offers tips to round out a
comprehensive prevention plan. See it here: www.srhd.org/bringit.asp.
Information can also be found at www.srhd.org.
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