AMCA Mosquito Control Awareness Week Is Here! Tell Mosquitoes to 'Buzz off'
Jun 26, 2015, 08:35 ET
HEBRON, Ky., June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is here along with mosquitoes, and the AMCA's National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. "Mosquito Week" aims to educate the public about mosquitoes, the diseases they spread and preventive measures you can take to minimize their impact.
Most of the time, a mosquito bite is nothing more than a minor irritant, unless that mosquito is carrying a potentially deadly virus. "Over the last few years, the U.S. has had increased cases of mosquito-borne illnesses such as the West Nile Virus and other exotic diseases such as dengue fever and Chikungunya threaten our shores," reports AMCA Technical Director Joe Conlon.
Not all mosquitoes carry diseases. However, a single bite from the right mosquito at the right time, and you're infected. Prevention is the best protection advises Conlon. "To ensure the safety of family, friends and pets, it's extremely important to make sure you're taking the proper steps: first, reducing mosquito breeding through water management and source reduction, and second, reducing mosquito populations."
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Repellents don't kill mosquitoes and do nothing to reduce mosquito populations. However, they are effective at preventing bites and many experts consider them to be the number one weapon against mosquitoes. The CDC recommends repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, OLE (Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus) or IR3535.
The best way to avoid getting bitten is to avoid going outdoors during periods of peak mosquito activity – typically dawn and dusk. When outside, be sure to wear repellents and protective clothing i.e. loose-fitting, light-colored, long sleeved shirts and pants. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours, so avoid wearing black, navy blue and red.
Prevent mosquitoes breeding! Do a 'water collection' inspection: empty wheel barrows, buckets, barrels, kids toys and plant dishes, in fact any and all water-collecting objects. Clean out clogged gutters, which are one of the most often-neglected breeding sites.
This 'Mosquito Week' and every week, tell mosquitoes to 'buzz off' and make your backyard a safer, more enjoyable place over summer.
For more information on National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, visit AMCA online at www.mosquito.org.
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