Mosquito Season Is Here – How Bad Will it Get?NPMA Staff
Monday, June 18, 2012
The National Pest Management Association Offers Prevention
Summer has barely begun but it’s likely many people have already
encountered one of the season’s most ubiquitous pests – the mosquito.
As is the case with many other
insects, mosquitoes have made an early emergence after a mild
winter and rainy spring. The National Pest Management Association
(NPMA) warns that this might be one of the worst seasons yet, so
break out the repellant.
“Mosquito season is highly dependent on rain events, and states
are monitoring rainfall and pest management companies are applying
treatments accordingly,” noted Missy Henriksen, vice president of
public affairs for NPMA. “This summer, mosquito numbers have the
potential to grow significantly and it’s important for people to take precautions to
Although mosquitoes are known to carry a variety of diseases, West
Nile virus (WNV) is of most concern in the United States.
“In most cases West Nile Virus is a mild infection with symptoms
so slight they can go unnoticed, or feel like a summer flu. In
extreme cases, it can be a potentially life threatening infection
with higher fever, head and body aches, worsening weakness,
confusion and even coma. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should
seek immediate medical attention,” advised Dr. Jorge Parada,
medical spokesperson for the NPMA.
The NPMA offers the following tips to avoid becoming a mosquito
- Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as
flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects
where water collects.Mosquitoes need only about ½ inch of water to
- Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or
- Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when
mosquitoes are most active.
- If you must spend time outdoors during peak mosquito times,
wear long pants and sleeves and use an insect repellant containing
DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.
- If you are concerned about mosquito activity on your property,
contact a pest management company or your local mosquito abatement
The 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 property.