Upper South

May, 2011
Regional Report

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Mosquito Dunks
With the damp spring we've had, more mosquitoes seem to be out in force than usual. Of course, you should make sure to upend pots or other water-holding areas, but what about bird baths and water gardens, or even a waterfall or fountain (mosquitoes are more apt to breed in still water)? The answer is a product called Mosquito Dunks. These contain a type of B.t.i., or Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, that kills mosquito larvae but is safe to humans, pets, fish, wildlife, and the environment. Each floating dunk covers 100 square feet and is effective for 30 days. Smaller Mosquito Bits provide a quick kill within 24 hours and remain effective for 14 days.

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40 Gallon Challenge
With all the rain that many parts of the country have received this year, it may seem difficult to consider droughts and water usage, but these are the flip side of unstable weather conditions. The Georgia Cooperative Extension Service has initiated a program called The 40 Gallon Challenge as a nationwide challenge encouraging people to conserve at least 40 gallons of water per day. Most people use from 100 to 150 gallons of water person, per day. The site includes information and links on ways to conserve water.

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