The Buzz On Beating MosquitoesNPMA Staff
Friday, May 28, 2010
known for leaving itchy red welts on their human victims, have long
topped the list of warm-weather pest concerns. But this season, the
National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is reporting that
mosquitoes are likely to be worse than usual, especially in many
parts of the country that had an unusually warm and wet spring.
Heavier-than-normal precipitation can leave areas of standing
water, which are perfect mosquito breeding grounds. This is cause
for concern, as humans can contract
West Nile virus (WNV), a potentially serious illness, when
bitten by an infected mosquito.
What To Watch For
Symptoms of WNV
infection include headache, fever, rash, muscle ache and
gastrointestinal problems. WNV infection can lead to encephalitis
and meningitis, though as many as 80 percent of infected humans
show no symptoms at all.
The NPMA recommends the following tips to prevent mosquito
- To avoid mosquito nesting and breeding sites, eliminate
standing water and other sources of moisture in or around the home
in flowerpots, water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers,
barrels and other objects that can collect water. Add a fountain or
drip system to birdbaths and ponds on your property to keep water
- Keep windows and doors properly screened to keep mosquitoes
- Be alert when outdoors during dawn, dusk and early evening
hours, when mosquito-biting activity can peak. Also, avoid areas
near water where mosquitoes gather, especially during peak
- Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting
garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or
- If you'll be spending time outdoors, wear mosquito repellent
with DEET as well as long pants and long-sleeve shirts.
- If you have a mosquito infestation on your property, contact a
for more information about mosquito control options or to find a
pest professional nearby.