The National Pest Management Association recommends extending
mosquito prevention into the fall season
FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#fallpests—Mosquitoes
are all the buzz in the summertime, as people are outdoors more and
susceptible to bites; however, summer is only the start of mosquito
National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that these biting
pests are just as active during the fall and to keep mosquito prevention
top of mind, especially in areas where the temperature consistently
remains above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
“While summer is peak time for mosquitoes, it’s a common misconception
that these pests simply die off once the long days of summer end,” said
Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Taking simple
measures to protect ourselves from biting mosquitoes is more than worth
it given the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease such as West
Nile virus (WNV).”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cases
are reported across the country in both the summer and fall. In fact,
according to preliminary data collected by the CDC, there have already
been 450 reported cases and 16 deaths associated with WNV with
incidences being reported in 37 states thus far in 2017. With that in
mind, the NPMA advises that anyone spending time outdoors — even after
summer comes to a close — heed these five prevention tips:
Eliminate breeding grounds: Mosquitoes
only need about ½ inch of water to breed. Eliminating areas of
standing water around the home such as flowerpots and baby pools can
greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes in the area.
Be aware of the time of day: Between dawn and dusk is peak time
for mosquitoes. Minimize outside activity during those times to
Watch what you wear: Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors
and floral prints. Also, avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes and
Protect the house: Screen windows and doors, and repair tears
in existing screens to prevent mosquitoes from flying inside.
Wear insect repellent: Apply
a repellent containing at least 20 percent DEET, picaridin or oil
of lemon-eucalyptus when spending time outdoors, and reapply as
directed on the label.
If mosquitoes are a problem on your property, contact a licensed pest
control professional. If there is concern about a mosquito-borne
disease, immediately consult a physician.
For more information about mosquitoes, visit PestWorld.org.
About the National Pest Management Association
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 6,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment
to the protection of public health, food and property. For more
information, visit PestWorld.org
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Danielle Corrato, 610-455-2762