National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017 will take place June 25 to July 1, according to the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA).
The event aims to educate the public about health risks associated with mosquitoes as they become active during summer months.
The AMCA says mosquito populations appear to be relatively low so far this year due to the country’s somewhat cold weather patterns, as well as lower rainfall in the West in recent months.
“The extended winter in many areas will keep mosquito numbers low – but when conditions warm up – watch out!” said Joseph Conlon, AMCA technical advisor, in a news release. “The coming warmer weather will have an impact both on the amount of mosquitoes and how soon they become a problem. We’d best be prepared to meet the threat so that it
doesn’t get out of hand early on.”
Conlon also shared how the public can adopt “safe mosquito control” by following “the 3 D’s”:
- Drain: Empty out water containers at least once a week.
- Dress: Wear long sleeves and pants, as well as light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent.
The technical advisor also shed light on mosquito breeding sites by reminding the public that rain gutters, tree holes, old buckets and tires all make excellent spots for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
“Encouraging your neighbors to also eliminate sources on their own property is critical to a community-wide control program” Conlon says. “Mosquitoes require water to
complete their life cycle. If their water source is eliminated, so are their offspring.”
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