Elizabethtown, NC – With the arrival of summer comes the resurgence of one of America’s most annoying and most dangerous pests—the mosquito. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were 2,205 U.S. cases of West Nile virus in 2014, 97 of which were fatal. In honor of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, taking place this June 21 – 27, 2015, McDuffie Pest Control and the National Pest Management Association urges Americans to be vigilant against threats posed by mosquitoes.
“Summer has officially arrived, and Bladen County is seeing high levels of mosquito activity, and West Nile virus is already showing up in some tested birds and mosquitoes around the country,” said Dana McDuffie, with McDuffie Pest Control. “While state agencies are already beginning to implement local mosquito abatement techniques, we strongly advise the public to make their own efforts to curb mosquito activity.”
– To reduce contact with mosquitoes and prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, McDuffie Pest Control and the NPMA recommends the following prevention tips:
– – Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects. Mosquitoes need only about 1/2 inch of water to breed.
– – Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or hole.
– – Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when the majority of mosquitoes are most active.
– – If you must spend time outdoors during peak mosquito times, or when you will be outdoors for extended periods, wear long pants and sleeves and use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.
If you are concerned about mosquito activity on your property, contact McDuffie Pest Control or a pest management company, or your local mosquito abatement district.For more information on mosquitoes, visit mcduffiepest.com, and pestworld.org.