Are you excited to don your sundress and flaunt your sparkly sunnies as you make way to the much-awaited summer? While we don’t mean to rain on your parade and beach waves, there is a high probability that you may experience a surge in mosquito population in your surroundings. Fun Fact– Mosquito population momentum occurs in hot weather, exposing you to the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, with the female mosquito always being the one to take a plunge into your skin – male mosquitoes rarely bother you.
Adopting a proactive approach right from the start can save you and your family from itchy mozzie bites and swollen red faces; unless of course it’s the worthy suntan. Let’s discuss some ways to prevent these pesky little blood suckers from ruining your summer vibes.
While we all prefer keeping our garden healthy and tidy, one important aspect that we sometimes fail to pay heed to is to ensure there is no form of stagnant water around. This can include rain gutters, bird baths, fountains, or even an old flower pot in a corner that is now out of sight and out of mind. Mosquitoes take around 14 days to breed even in a handful of water and may ruin your blissful afternoon as you take a breather to sip some lemonade on the patio. The right approach is to drain all such water bodies and add some mosquito-eating fish, like guppies, in your fountains or ponds.
While we channel our inner Disney Queen Elsa, the bottom line is to secure any holes, openings, or cracked corners. You can start by putting screens on your window panels and air conditioning spots to seal all the obvious entrance points of mosquitoes. Also, hanging coarse nets on your bed or crib is one of the oldest methods of keeping yourself safe from these flying nuisances. The first line of defense should start by building a protective shield around yourself – wear full sleeved shirts, long pants and closed shoes with socks. Experts at the Centersfor Disease suggest these guidelines are essentials for free-spirited adventurers who live on the thrill of exploring new places during long hikes.
Do you wonder why female mosquitoes tend to enjoy feasting on your blood more than your family members or friends? Fun Fact – Studies suggest that drinking a 12-ounce beer may make some individuals more appealing to mosquitoes. Adding to this list, so does having more bacteria on your skin or emitting more carbon dioxide; it has something to do with more body odor that attracts the mosquito species. One essential step that you can take to make yourself less appealing to mosquitoes is to stay indoors during prime mosquito feeding times or limit your exposure.
Depending on where you live, especially if it’s a really muggy summer, it would be in your best interest to opt for an organic mosquito spray. Research suggests that organic products that adhere to standards set by WHO and are free from harmful and toxic chemicals are your best bet against the harmful impacts of the mosquito season. EcoMIGHT’s Mosquito & Pest Control “INTERRUPTER”, naturally organic and classified as “minimum risk”, is just the interruption you need from the scourge of mosquitoes attacking you and your guests during a lovely evening backyard barbecue.
Pristine golf greens and beautifully landscaped properties are a cornerstone for most golf courses. In order to keep courses looking their best, thousands of gallons of herbicides are usually required. Although glyphosate-based herbicides are widely used, the World Health Organization reported in March 2015 that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Alternative eco-friendly products are now available; however, some still have toxic ingredients, can be expensive, and may not be as effective as glyphosate. Naturally organic herbicides labeled “minimum risk exempt” meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s strict requirements regarding the active and inert ingredients. Only about 50 natural ingredients are permitted in minimum risk exempt products.
One affordable, minimum-risk, non-selective herbicide that some golf courses are now relying on is called EcoMight. “It absolutely smoked everything I sprayed it on,” said Bradley Jacklin, turf grass and golf course industry expert. “It was absolutely amazing.”
Solar power is an excellent renewable energy alternative and can help generate the energy that golf courses require, especially for those located in sunny areas.
Many solar-powered golf carts as well as conversion kits for existing golf carts are available today. By installing a solar-powered roof to the cart, you can easily collect enough energy to power them. In addition, solar panels can be installed around the golf course and on the rooftops of parking garages or club houses to generate electricity for associated restaurants and other club needs or to sell back to the local power grid.
Golf clubs can participate in common recycling efforts such as recycling paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum. In addition, swapping disposable cups for an environmentally friendly alternative is another small, yet significant, step toward sustainability.
Many golf balls are only hit once or end up in a water trap or lost in the brush. Today, organizations retrieve these lost balls and sell them at a steep discount. Not only does purchasing these recycled balls help reduce the production of new ones, but it can cut down costs. Many studies have been conducted that show recycled balls perform just as well as new ones.
In addition, golf courses can now purchase 100 percent biodegradable golf tees, which have the potential of saving 70,000 trees per year and eliminating 1,600 tons of carbon dioxide.
Golf courses are often a cornerstone of wealthier communities in our country. It’s important for golf courses to add sustainability to their mission as they can make a significant contribution to reducing environmental impact through their decisions. Choosing non-selective, minimum risk herbicides like EcoMight, embracing alternative energy sources, and taking recycling seriously are just a few sustainable decisions that can make a significant difference.