FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mosquitoes are all the buzz in the summertime, as people are outdoors more and susceptible to bites; however, summer is only the start of mosquito season. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that these biting pests are just as active during the fall and to keep mosquito prevention top of mind, especially in areas where the temperature consistently remains above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
“While summer is peak time for mosquitoes, it’s a common misconception that these pests simply die off once the long days of summer end,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Taking simple measures to protect ourselves from biting mosquitoes is more than worth it given the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease such as West Nile virus (WNV).”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cases of WNV are reported across the country in both the summer and fall. In fact, according to preliminary data collected by the CDC, there have already been 450 reported cases and 16 deaths associated with WNV with incidences being reported in 37 states thus far in 2017. With that in mind, the NPMA advises that anyone spending time outdoors — even after summer comes to a close — heed these five prevention tips:
- Eliminate breeding grounds: Mosquitoes only need about ½ inch of water to breed. Eliminating areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots and baby pools can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes in the area.
- Be aware of the time of day: Between dawn and dusk is peak time for mosquitoes. Minimize outside activity during those times to prevent bites.
- Watch what you wear: Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors and floral prints. Also, avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes and cologne.
- Protect the house: Screen windows and doors, and repair tears in existing screens to prevent mosquitoes from flying inside.
- Wear insect repellent: Apply a repellent containing at least 20 percent DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus when spending time outdoors, and reapply as directed on the label.
If mosquitoes are a problem on your property, contact a licensed pest control professional. If there is concern about a mosquito-borne disease, immediately consult a physician.
For more information about mosquitoes, visit PestWorld.org.
About the National Pest Management Association
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 6,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or Like PestWorld on Facebook.