Mosquitoes Don't "Fall" Away as a Major Pest Problem When Summer Ends

Thursday, September 1, 2011

By NPMA Staff

 

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners of the ongoing caution necessary when dealing with increased mosquito 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 (WNV).

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 accumulate water.
  • 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.