Hurricane Irene Flooding Likely to Spawn Increased Mosquito Populations in Affected StatesNPMA Staff
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
As residents up and down the Eastern seaboard continue to deal
with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, a sinister pest lurks in the
floodwaters. The flooding that resulted from Irene's torrential
rains has provided the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Because of the fast life
cycle of mosquitoes, developing from egg to adult in 10 to 14
days, residents in states affected by the Hurricane should start
seeing an influx in about a week. The National Pest Management
Association (NPMA) is advising residents to be on the lookout for
increased mosquito activity and to protect themselves from this disease-carrying
"Flooding contributes to a rise in mosquito populations as water
tends to end up in a variety of areas that typically remain out of
sight, allowing mosquito eggs to develop and hatch uninterrupted,"
noted Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA.
"These areas of stagnant water produce larger numbers of mosquitoes
that would have otherwise been eliminated through monitoring,
municipal treatments and natural methods."
"Mosquito season typically lasts through October and Hurricane
Irene has upped the ante. We're reminding people not to let their
guard down and to continue their summer mosquito prevention in the
wake of the flooding produced by Hurricane Irene," added
NPMA offers these mosquito prevention tips:
- Eliminate standing water in or around the home. Mosquitoes need
only about ½ inch of water to breed.
- Keep windows and doors properly screened. Repair the smallest
tear or hole.
- Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when
mosquitoes are most active.
- If you spend time outdoors during peak mosquito times, avoid
wearing shorts or short-sleeved apparel, dark colors, loose-fitting
garments, and open-toe shoes. Be sure to use an insect repellant
- If you are concerned about mosquito activity on your property,
contact a pest management company or your local mosquito abatement
For more information on mosquitoes or to find a pest
professional, visit www.pestworld.org
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and