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Breeding Power of Mosquitoes Revealed
The National Pest Management Association releases shocking footage from its Mosquito Multiplier simulation to warn homeowners of potential breeding grounds
FAIRFAX, VA (August 21, 2019) — The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) today released the results of its exciting new video project – Mosquito Multiplier – to show just how quickly mosquitoes are able to multiply right in your own backyard. By recreating ideal conditions that allow mosquitoes to thrive, researchers were able to capture the true breeding power of mosquitoes, and the results are a must-see.
“The Mosquito Multiplier project is a visual simulation that’s designed to show homeowners exactly how mosquito populations can explode under the right conditions,” said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association. “Our team of experts took mosquito eggs and hatched them under controlled conditions that mimic those you would find in a typical backyard, and in less than a week, we had over 5,000 mosquitoes.”
Found all across the country, mosquitoes thrive in warm, wet areas and only need as little as half an inch of water to breed, turning seemingly innocent items such as kiddie pools, wheelbarrows and overturned frisbees into potential breeding grounds. “To reduce the likelihood of mosquitoes breeding on your yard, conduct a survey of the property at least once a week and eliminate any areas of standing water,” said Fredericks.
Able to spread West Nile virus, malaria, dengue and Zika virus, mosquitoes are considered the deadliest animal on earth. According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes are responsible for several million deaths and hundreds of millions of cases of vector-borne diseases every year. With over 150 different species of mosquitoes found in the U.S. alone, vigilance is key to preventing an infestation.
To help in the fight against mosquitoes and vector disease transmission, the NPMA is sharing these timely prevention and protection tips:
- Eliminate all areas of standing water found around the property at least once a week
- Screen all windows and doors and keep gutters free flowing
- If you have a mosquito problem, contact a licensed pest control professional
- Wear long pants and sleeves outdoors to limit exposure
- Avoid wearing dark colors, floral prints and sweet-smelling perfumes and colognes while outside
- Properly apply insect repellent containing at least 20 percent DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus; follow label instructions
- If you experience an adverse reaction after being bitten by a mosquito, see your health care provider immediately
For more information on the dangers associated with mosquitoes and how to protect against them, visit PestWorld.org.
About the National Pest Management Association
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.