Does Your HOA Maintenance Plan Consider Residents’ Justifiable, Zika Concerns?

Throughout May 2016, the world at large continued to talk about the Zika virus. And as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, many groups are wondering if their HOA maintenance plan should take people’s infection risks into consideration. As it stands, there is no preventive vaccine or after onset cure Americans can count on to save them this summer. However, there are things HOA maintenance plans may do to lower residents’ potential risks. For instance, plans could include the following:

Swapping Out or Adjusting Irrigation Systems Contributing to Standing Water Problems
Chemically Treat Outdoor Water Sources Weekly to Prevent Breeding
Introduce Mosquito Fish or Other Natural Predators to the Property
Use Airborne Sprays and Other Chemical Repellants Monthly
Minimize Storm Run-Off with a Variety of Solutions
Add Mosquito Repellent Plants to Existing Flower Beds
We can assist property managers with many of those tasks, including changing the flower beds. There are a number of vegetative options that may discourage biting insects from taking up residence in gated communities. Among them are herbs, including basil, lemon thyme, rosemary, mint and lemon balm. That said, HOAs may want to encourage their members to get planting too. In public areas, there are other plants that will do nicely. We’ve listed some of our favorite, showy repellents below:

Lantanas
Marigolds
Lavender
Pitcher Plants
Floss Flower
Lemongrass
In addition to flowering plants and ground cover, there are petite trees that tend to repel mosquitoes too. One of them is the Syzygium aromaticum. Considered a smooth-barked evergreen, it produces seasonal flowers and berries that are quite aromatic, even before being crushed or turned into oils. It’s the aroma and naturally occurring oils that the insects tend to hate. To find out more about the trees and adding general, mosquito control to an HOA maintenance plan, please contact us.