By Jennifer Brumfield, Training and Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services
By now, you’ve probably seen or heard that mosquitoes are making international headlines again, this time due to Zika virus. Like many other people, you may be wondering if you should be concerned about mosquitoes. As temperatures increase so will the threat of mosquitoes. Here’s what you need to know about mosquitoes and how you can help prevent them on your property this summer.
Mosquitoes are active throughout summer and sometimes even into fall. These pests are prevalent throughout the United States and while they’re typically just the cause of itchy welts and minor discomfort, they can transmit serious diseases. West Nile Virus, encephalitis, malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue fever, and yes, Zika, can all be transmitted to humans from infected mosquitoes.
Due to the health risks associated with mosquitoes, prevention should be a priority. So what can you do? The first and most important step you should take to help prevent mosquitoes is eliminate potential breeding sites – mosquitoes are attracted to moisture and only need a few inches of standing water to lay their eggs. But you also need to take caution against existing populations.
The following measures can help prevent breeding sites and protect against bites this summer.
Prevent Breeding Sites
Protect Against Bites
Encourage anyone spending time outdoors, including workers and members of the community, to take the necessary precautions.
Keep Mosquitoes Outside
If mosquito populations continue to grow on your property, work with your pest management provider to determine if treatment is appropriate.
Be proactive in the battle against mosquitoes. Eliminate potential breeding sites and conducive conditions, take the necessary precautions when spending time outside, and consult your pest management professional to help keep these blood-suckers from making themselves at home on your property this summer.
Jennifer Brumfield is a Training and Technical Specialist and Board Certified Entomologist for Western Pest Services, a New Jersey-based pest management company serving businesses and homeowners in major Northeastern markets.