Yard Cleanup After A Storm
While Gordon did not make much of an impact in Louisiana, the system was reminder that we are in the height of Hurricane season. If your yard receives wind damage from a storm there are few things you should keep in mind when cleaning up your yard.
Big storms could cause twigs and branches to break off the trees in your yard. Once the weather has cleared, you will want to collect the smaller pieces of wood, maybe even use a chainsaw to cut bigger branches into more manageable wood pieces. You could just put the wood into a pile to be picked up, or you could stack it and use it as fire wood for fireplaces, fire pits or even wood fire BBQs. It is important to keep the pile of wood as far away from your home as possible. Old wood attracts termites and if you put one of the wood stacks right next to your house, you are partially inviting these pesky little bugs into your home.
After a storm, there will most likely be a lot of leaves strewn about. Leaves, no matter what size they are, can collect water. Even the tiniest pool of water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. As a matter of fact, the Aedes Mosquitoes, which are abundant across Louisiana, prefer to lay eggs in or near standing water, according to the Louisiana Office of Public Health. These mosquitoes are the same species that spread Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever as well as the Zika and West Nile Virus. Experts say they are difficult to control because they lay their eggs in very small breeding sites, and they have become resistant to chemical insecticides.