Warm, Wet Springs Sets the Stage for an Early Mosquito SeasonNPMA Staff
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Many regions of the country are
experiencing an unusually warm and wet spring- a weather pattern
that is likely to foster an earlier and more severe mosquito
season, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns. The
NPMA is asking homeowners to take action now to eliminate potential
breeding sites for mosquitoes on or around their properties.
"The heavier-than-normal precipitation that many areas of the
country received this spring have left areas of standing water,
which are perfect mosquito breeding grounds," says Missy Henriksen,
vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. "This is cause for
concern, as mosquitoes are not simply a nuisance pest but can
spread dangerous diseases, notably West Nile virus
(WNV), to humans."
According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), there were 12,263 confirmed cases of WNV
infection in the U.S. between 1999 and 2008 and 16,698 probable
cases during that same time period. Symptoms of WNV infection
include headache, fever, rash, muscle ache and gastrointestinal
symptoms. WNV infection can lead to encephalitis and meningitis,
but as many as 80% of infected humans show no symptoms at all.
NPMA offers these tips to protect homeowners from
- Eliminate sources of stagnant water including birdbaths,
"kiddie" pools, swimming pool covers, barrels, and other objects
that collect water.
- Add a fountain or drip system to birdbaths and ponds on your
property to keep water fresh.
- Keep windows and doors properly screened.
- Be alert when outdoors during dawn and dusk hours, when
mosquito activity peaks.
- Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing, open-toe shoes and
sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes when outdoors.
- Plan ahead for spending time outdoors and wear mosquito
repellant with DEET.
- If you have a mosquito infestation on your property, call a
pest professional for additional advice and treatment.
For more information or to find a professional
in your area, please visit: www.pestworld.org.
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.