From June 23rd to 29th, the American Mosquito Control Association (“AMCA”) celebrates its annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. AMCA’s mission for “Mosquito Week” is to educate the general public about mosquito prevention. Bite-Lite also encourages people to educate themselves and take precautions, offering a great solution- its natural chemical free natural repellent candles for mosquito control.
From The American Mosquito Control Association Press Release MOUNT LAUREL, N.J–April 24, 2013-
The American Mosquito Control Association Offers Tips for Mosquito Control and Prevention:
When those buggers are buzzing around, making grilling, pool time and wiffle ball impossible, think prevention! Enjoy the outdoors this summer and stop the spread of mosquito-borne illness by following tips offered by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) to prevent mosquito infestation and control an existing problem. “In 2012, we witnessed a strong resurgence in cases of West Nile Virus, which had declined somewhat in recent years after peaking in 2003,” said AMCA Technical Advisor Joe 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 adult mosquito populations. ”Easy steps to take in any backyard include cleaning debris from rain gutters, filling drain puddles and ditches, changing bird bath water once a week and checking for trapped water in canvas or plastic tarps.
If a mosquito problem already exists, AMCA recommends controlling adult mosquitoes through mosquito traps, space sprays and vegetation management. Mosquitoes can also be kept out of the home by keeping windows, doors and porches tightly screened.
“Eliminating standing water is probably the most important thing to remember when preventing or controlling mosquito problems. Keep it in the back of your mind during all outdoor activities – even remember to irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days,” added Conlon.
AMCA reminds the public to practice the THREE D’s of mosquito prevention — Drain, Dress and Defend:
Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week.
Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent.
To read more about Mosquito Control Awareness Week visit http://www.mosquito.org/mosquito-awareness-week
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