Wet Weather Means More Mosquitoes This Summer
Mosquitoes have long topped the list of warm-weather pest concerns. Now, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is reporting that mosquito activity is likely to be worse than usual this year, because of our 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, a potentially serious illness, when bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms of infection include headache, fever, rash, muscle ache and gastrointestinal problems. West Nile Virus infection can lead to encephalitis and meningitis, though as many as 80 percent of infected humans show no symptoms at all.
Kevin Lemasters, Regional Director of Operations with Schendel and an Associate Certified Entomologist, recommends the following tips for homeowners seeking relief from mosquitoes this summer:
--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 fresh.
--Keep windows and doors properly screened to keep mosquitoes outside.
--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 activity.
--Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.
--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 Schendel to schedule a free inspection.