Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Be Aware: Mosquito Season Won’t End with Summer

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Just because summer is over, dont assume mosquito season is, too. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has warned that mosquitoes will be active through fall this year. Although mosquitoes are typically thought of as a summer pest, they will remain a problem at least until the temperature drops below 60 degrees, which most regions of the United States typically dont see until late fall or early winter.

More than a nuisance, mosquitoes also transmit disease including West Nile virus (WNV), which has resulted in more than 400 human cases and 5 fatalities this year alone. Halfway through the WNV season, these numbers are expected to rise.

NPMA urges public awareness and participation for effective mosquito control. Homeowners can play a crucial role in controlling mosquito infestations on their property by eliminating breeding grounds and conducive environments for mosquito activity, thereby reducing the risk of WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses, said Greg Baumann, vice president of technical services and senior scientist for NPMA.

NPMA offers these steps for homeowners to take in order to control mosquitoes on their property:

  • Eliminate stagnant water that can collect on property, as it is a common breeding ground for mosquitoes. Pay particular attention to discarded tires, wheel barrows, pool covers, bird baths and flower pot basins that accumulate water. Turn over containers when not in use, and drill holes in the bottom of trash receptacles to allow for drainage.
  • Remove debris from gutters to prevent water collection.
  • Wear protective clothing and use insect repellent when outdoors.
  • If possible, stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are at peak activity.
  • If concerned about a mosquito infestation around your home, contact your local pest professional.
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