Photo Gallery | Flooding to Increase Mosquito Populations: Remember to Protect Yourself From These Disease-Carrying Pests
The additional rainfall and flooding we are experiencing post-Hurricane Irene will increase mosquito populations in the area.
Mosquitoes only need about ½ inch of water to breed and the recent rainfall has certainly provided them with amble breeding grounds. The National Pest Management Association is advising residents to protect their property and themselves from these disease-carrying pests.
“We want to make sure people are protected and protecting themselves. Citronella candles minimize these pests, but do not eliminate them,” said Missy Henriksen, Vice President of Public Affairs for NPMA. “Look for signs of standing water, cover up your grill, use insect repellant for the amount of time you will be outside, and mainly, be vigilant.”
“All pests need moisture for survival and these stagnant waters are the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” noted Henriksen.
NPMA offers these mosquito prevention tips:
· Eliminate standing water in or around the home. Mosquitoes need only about ½ inch of water to breed.
· Keep windows and doors properly screened. Repair the smallest tear or hole.
· Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
· If you spend time outdoors during peak mosquito times, avoid wearing shorts or short-sleeved apparel, dark colors, loose-fitting garments, and open-toe shoes. Be sure to use an insect repellant containing DEET.
· If you are concerned about mosquito activity on your property, contact a pest management company or your local mosquito abatement district.