Mosquitoes Don't "Fall" Away as a Major Pest Problem When Summer EndsNPMA Staff
Thursday, September 1, 2011
By NPMA Staff
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds
homeowners of the ongoing caution necessary when dealing with
populations across the United States. Although the itchy welts
of mosquitoes are associated with summer, these pests flourish well
into the fall months and can transmit a multitude of diseases,
notably West Nile virus
According to the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC), more that 29,000 people in the U.S. have
been infected with WNV since 1999, with 11,760 of those cases
resulting in serious illness.
"Although mosquitoes are considered a summer pest, these pests
thrive in the fall," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for NPMA. "Many homeowners do not realize that
mosquitoes will remain active until temperatures drop below 60
degrees, which in most regions of the United States does not occur
until late fall. Therefore, homeowners must be on-guard for
conducive mosquito conditions and proactive in eliminating such
breeding grounds. This can minimize the serious health risks
associated with mosquitoes, including West Nile virus."
NPMA offers these proactive tips for homeowners to prevent
mosquito infestations on their property:
- Eliminate stagnant water that can collect on your property, as
this can create a mosquito breeding ground.
- Pay attention to pool covers, birdbaths and flowerpots that
- Remove debris from gutters to prevent water collection.
- Wear protective clothing and use insect repellent when
- If possible, stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are
at peak activity.