Welcome Summer; Unwelcome MosquitoesNPMA Staff
Nothing ruins summertime fun like a pesky swarm of mosquitoes,
but these irksome insects are more than just a nuisance. From West
Nile virus (WNV) to Dengue fever and allergic reactions a mosquito
bite may leave behind more than just an itchy, red welt. The
National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners that
mosquito-borne diseases pose a great risk during the summer months
due to the warmer weather and increased time spent outdoors.
While mosquito-borne disease, like Malaria, is a leading cause
of death in developing countries, mosquitoes in every region
transmit disease-causing pathogens that can trigger a range of
symptoms and illnesses, regardless of geography. According to the CDC, in 2010 alone there were
more than 1,000 reported cases of WNV in the United States, in
addition to a spike in reported cases of Dengue fever.
are a major concern for anyone spending time outdoors this summer,
said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA.
Luckily, there are a number of steps that can be taken to reduce
mosquitoes from breeding in your own backyard and to protect
yourself from those itchy bites.
The NPMA offers the following tips to avoid mosquitoes:
- Eliminate sources of standing water around your home, including
flower pots, clogged gutters, and tires. Take proactive measures by
drilling holes in the bottom of recycling bins and trashcans, and
replacing the water in birdbaths weekly.
- Use insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active
ingredient like DEET or Picaridin. Reapply when outdoors for an
extended period of time.
- Since mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, limit time
outdoors or wear long sleeves and pants during those hours.
- Inspect window/door screens for holes and repair any that you
find to minimize chances for entry into the home.
- If bitten, clean the area thoroughly with soap and water. Avoid
scratching the bite area, and apply anti-itch cream if
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