For many homeowner alike landscaping and gardening has always been a favorite past time or shared hobby. However along with the beauty and serenity that comes with gardening also comes with the headache of combating nuisance pests. Some insects will actually be beneficial to your outdoor garden but homeowners must be cautious to not allow pests to gain access to the inside of their homes. Some of the most rewarding this to grow in your home garden are berries as they look nice and are also able to be eaten; quite the sweet treat for all of man, correct? Unfortunately flies are also attracted to the sweetness of the berries and therefore might see an increase in fly activity if you happen to grow berries in your garden. Some species of flies will even lay eggs on fruit for their larvae to feed on so the cautious gardener must also be aware of fly breeding that they must combat. Another common garden pest is the mosquito that breeds in standing pools of water. Often times empty flowering pots and birdbaths will become filled with water after a storm or heavy watering therefore becoming the ideal place for the mosquitoes to breed. For gardeners to combat mosquitoes one must be cautious of their watering routines as well as the stormy weather. A garden should be an enjoyable thing and if you are having trouble combating a pest at your home or garden make sure to contact a local pest control expert to help eradicate the issue!
As of late July 2015 there has been two human cases of West Nile virus in Ohio, one in the Cleveland area and one in the Cincinnati area. The reason most likely stemming from a steady increase in rainy weather, more than a foot of rain in the last six weeks, bringing on an increase of mosquitoes. When water sits in low lying lying areas mosquitoes will breed and feed on the bacteria in the standing water, and unfortunately Ohio is no stranger to the Culex mosquito that transmits West Nile bacteria. In 2014 Ohio had confirmed 11 cases of West Nile and many more are believed to have been overlooked. As of this year Franklin County Public Health traps have confirmed positive West Nile in two parts of Dublin and Central. Experts are urging Ohio residents to be extra careful of mosquitoes and to proactive avoid risk. Among other methods, some of the ways to best avoid mosquitoes is to wear light colored clothing when going outside, and to rid ones property of unnecessary pools of standing water. Furthermore, any standing water that is of use such as bird baths or children's wading pools, should be regularly emptied or cycled. Most times it is best to prevent a problem before it occurs, and as residents of Ohio we must work together to control the mosquito population before further outbreak occurs.