The summer months are among us, meaning beach trips,
fireworks for the fourth of July, and the sizzling sounds of burgers on the
grill. Unfortunately, summer also means mosquitoes, ants and other pesky bugs!
Instead of spraying around your house with hazardous chemicals, which can end
up in our local streams and eventually to the Chesapeake Bay, try some of these
organic pesticides, use sparingly and most importantly avoid using before
expected rain fall. Two to five applications a season should be sufficient.
Avoid pesticides that contain DEET ( N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) and DDT (
Chemicals used not only enter
the groundwater, streams and rivers, the particles attach to dust and soil,
which not only is harmful to the environment, but the dust and soil get tracked
inside of our homes from our shoes. Remember to take your shoes off.
Mosquito Love Water
Water deeply (saturate the soil). Watering your lawn/garden deeply and
between the hours of midnight to 8AM every third day will help. Have a pond? No
problem, stock your pond with mosquito fish that eat the larva, or treat them
with larvicide mosquito rings. Also, any standing water, for example, bird baths,
make sure to change the water every other day. Mosquitoes don’t need much water
to lay larva.
Please don’t forget to recycle your
empty pesticide/bug spray bottles! Residents can drop off hazardous materials
at the City’s Property Yard during Household Hazardous Waste collection on
August 23, from 9AM-1PM. Residents can
also bring materials to the I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax,
VA 22030, Thursday thru Sunday throughout the year.
For further information concerning stormwater runoff and
pollutants, please contact Jason Widstrom, P.E., Civil Engineer with the
Department of Public Works at 703-248-5026 (TTY 711) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.