The summer of 2012 may be one of the worst on record in years for mosquitoes, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
But "National Mosquito Control Awareness Week" (June 24 – 30), is bad news for mosquitoes as it brings heightened attention on what you can do to protect yourself from the pesky and disease-bearing vectors.
Whether from the unseasonably warm spring or wet conditions, mosquitoes are already out in full force and several parts of the country have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, which is carried by mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have already been found in South Whitehall, Upper Macungie and Upper Saucon townships this year.
Here are five ways to combat mosquitoes.
1. TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children's sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters and flat roofs.
2. TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.
3. TURN. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children's portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
4. REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment and grills aren't taut, they're holding water.
5. TREAT. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body.
While generally a nuisance, mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus and encephalitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 300,000 Americans have been sickened with West Nile Virus since it arrived in the U.S. 11 years ago.
Source: PR Newswire